The Half-Day Hike turned out to be AWESOME!! Since it was the first event that I charged people to attend, I was SUPER anxious that it all went smoothly. First, I was totally bummed about the Federal Government shutdown. The US Army Corps of Engineers is closed down which meant that I wouldn’t be able to get the key to the gate to drive up the HUGE hill to set up Dirty Girl Camp. I was scrambling to think of a different way to make it work. My dirty girl compatriots were brainstorming. Julie aka MacGyver and I met at the trail head to the Perry Lake Trail on Tuesday and confirmed that the gate was locked. We worked out a plan that involved Julie bringing her 4-wheeler and driving stuff up and down the hill. Hassle… we arrived Saturday afternoon to get set up and relax a little around the fire after a few million trips on the quad and… THE GATE WAS OPEN!! Yay!! I rushed up and unloaded then went back to ensure I wasn’t locked in and thankfully, nope. Magically, the gate was open all weekend!!
Saturday evening Jenn, Julie and I set up camp and relaxed. It was lovely! I dumped bleach on the dirty pit toilet bathroom floor and washed down the walls (ugh) and we foofified the area a bit.
The kids enjoyed camp. Dirty Girls have Dirty Kids! Big and little, they love a good fire! It was a great fall evening! Perfect Kansas weather!
Sunday dawned bright and beautiful! The day was a perfect fall day with gorgeous fall colors and crispy air. 11 Dirty Girls were registered plus me and my wonderful Camp Maiden, Macgyver Julie! Big, excitement! Sadly, three of the 11 were unable to attend at the last minute – a family emergency, a health emergency and a failure to read the calendar! Doh! (The health emergency has since been healed!) Dirty Girl Camp was looking awesome and the fire was toasty! We headed out on our 10ish mile hike, turned out to be closer to 9, in good spirits and covered in Deep Woods Off!
It is wonderful to gather with Dirty Girls for a day on the trail. Our group spanned a wide variety of ages and careers as well as fitness levels. Everyone has something to share; thoughts, interests and insights. Women can join together and share, communicate and encourage each other rapidly – a beautiful aspect of a Dirty Girl Adventure! The more we hike; the more we know each other. What a great way to get to know women worth knowing!
The trail was over hill and dale, woody and rocky with gorgeous scenery. There was SO much poison ivy!! It is actually pretty – yellow, orange and red this time of year BUT oh, my! To date, I haven’t heard of a Dirty Girl who has broken out with excessive poison ivy. WEIRD! It seemed like we were fated to be covered in it! Despite the major doses of bug spray, some Dirty Girls have been a little itchy. Chiggers are the likely culprits. Boo! Dirty Girls don’t like chiggers!
We moved more quickly than I thought that we would, speedy Dirty Girls. A couple of Girls bit the dust… or, more exactly, crashed to the rocky ground on their knees. Owie! Happily, Dirty Girls are scrappy and they were able to keep on going! We iced them down for a bit at Dirty Girl Camp. We reached camp, shucked out of our poison ivy clothes and grabbed cold beverages to chillax around the fire.
Considering that I’m a Dirty Girl and NOT a caterer, the dinner turned out pretty good! We had some pulled pork, giant baked potatoes with the works, salad and dark chocolate brownies with fresh raspberries for our post hike meal. Yummy. It was, overall a good day. I’d say that we were all feeling great and that we could have easily gone a couple of more miles!
I am feeling so excited and pleased with Dirty Girl Adventures and the adventure that it is bringing into my life! Great times, great women and an unending excuse to go outside and love it! The next event, the Dirty Girl Night Hike will be a blast! Five miles in the dark followed by a bonfire down by the lake; Dirty Dudes invited to come along! If you can’t join us, go outside wherever and whenever you can! Take a look around the gorgeous world and take a deep breath and hit the trail!