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Hike with the Eagles – SOLD OUT!

I had the opportunity to pop the kayak into the Delaware River a couple of weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed great company on the water!  We also saw this guy along the river banks.  He was posing just for us!

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What a response, our Eagle Hike on February 28th is FULL!  We have mapped out two spots to take you that will provide some opportunity for quiet observation and watching Eagles as well as longer hiking.  We aim to please but please know that we can’t guarantee Eagle sightings!  It is MOST likely that we will see Eagles!  The Dirty Girl Club took a hike last weekend and we spotted 12 eagles, some of them up close!

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Dirty Girl Photographer Kembry Gibbs has taken some excellent photos and was willing to share them with me!  She is a patient watcher and has observed Eagles at play, feeding and taking care of the nest.  We are hoping to see some of these same activities on the 28th.

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If you didn’t get signed up for this hike, take some time to wander around both Clinton Lake and Perry Lake looking for Eagles!  There are now many nesting pairs and plenty of juveniles flying around the lower 48 states and even here in Kansas! There are also some other interesting sights to be seen OUTSIDE so get out there and take a hike!

If you don’t want to miss the next Dirty Girl Adventure, sign up now in the Dirty Shop! There is an 8 Mile Hike on March 28th scheduled and BIG EXCITEMENT there is a Dirty Girl Get Away scheduled at the Lied Lodge and Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska in April (April 17th and 18th) and the Down and Dirty 3 Mile is April 25th!  Get on over to the Dirty Shop and take a look!

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Dirty Girls Make Art!!

Custom Collage Workshop

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Workshop will be hosted at The Crooked Post Winery 

2:30 – 5:30pm – Register NOW at The Dirty Shop! 

$40 (includes instruction, supplies and a glass of wine!)

yimg-1119831496-1-1390413816Join the Dirty Girls for an expression of your creativity to kick off the New Year! Denise and Jennifer of Dirty Girl Adventures will guide you in the creation of a Custom Collage. The goal? To design a piece of art that speaks to you! Each piece is different, expressing the beliefs and desires of the individual who creates it.

DSC_0949 This is not a “goal setting” event. While January is a traditional time to set personal goals, or resolutions, we are more interested in focusing on what inspires, motivates or moves your spirit so that when you need a boost or reminder throughout the year, you will have it in a beautiful and personal piece of artwork! If you have a quote, verse, lyric or photo that embodies this for you, please bring a copy with you if you’d like.

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394We will help you will create a piece of art that will guide and support you throughout 2015. What is important to you? How will you stay focused during the daily hectic-ness of life? Our class is a time to think about this while simultaneously creating art, hanging out with your friends and enjoying an afternoon of relaxation at Crooked Post Winery!

DSC_0950Sign up through the Dirty Shop or in person at Crooked Post Winery.

 

 

The Half-Day Hike Adventure!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

Dirty Girls love the trail in the fall… oh, and the water too!

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As the season changes, the trail changes.  The colors are different and the things that you can see are different.  It’s also not as humid!  Our weekly Dirty Girl Trail Club has been maintaining our momentum and drawing more Dirty Girls out to the trail.  We have also been joined by some Dirty Dudes!  We have been focused on increasing our fitness level and getting our heart rates up.  We have also enjoyed the company and comradery out on the trail.  It has been wonderful getting to know new people and long time acquaintances more throughly.  I am excited about the accountability that comes with scheduling an event and having others count on you to be there.  Big plus on the whole Club theory!  Plus, we are exchanging and trading information about activities, options and life in general as  we go along.  One such resource is the Friends of the Kaw website http://kansasriver.org a handy resource about accessing the Kansas River which Dirty Girls love!

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Two of us Dirty Girls hit Lake Perry on Saturday and enjoyed the warm, clear fall day on Lake Perry.  The migratory birds are interesting, currently the black wing-tipped pelicans are in town.  They are pretty amazing, their wing span is six feet from tip to tip!   Of course I continue to love the Great Blue Herons, they are sort of mysterious.  They appear graceful in flight but they are awkward at take off and they make an amazing ugly, croaking noise!  Julie and I enjoyed our afternoon, we trekked down a little creek that joins Lake Perry.  Pretty cool to be able to paddle back into an area that generally can’t be accessed.  We also paddled into the wind to an old boat ramp to explore.  Good day.

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Hope you have been getting outside to move and enjoy the fall weather!  If you haven’t, get on it!!  Grab a Dirty Girl and go outside!!