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Do it in the WOODS!

It’s time to sign up for the last big hike of the spring!!  We will cover 8 miles (or 3 if you’d prefer) on Saturday afternoon.  It should be gorgeous as spring blooms along the trail.  The single-track trail trail is well maintained, hilly, rocky, gorgeous and challenging.  Grab a Dirty Friend and come on out with the Dirty Girls to enjoy the afternoon and evening in the WOODS!  We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee an adventure!  Come out to hang out and enjoy the woods, the group and a relaxing evening around the fire!

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Saturday, May 9th

Check-in time: 3:00pm

Hike: 3:30pm

Fireside food and socializing: 6:30-7:00pm (Bring chair and your beverage of choice)

Cost:  $25 regular peeps $20 Dirty Girl Club peeps (Pre-register in the Dirty Shop!)

Day of event price:  $35 (You are welcome to join us at the last minute food is not guaranteed but is likely.)

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It’s the 8-mile hike to top off the spring hiking season. This will be a great hike as the woods come to life with fresh green buds and blooms.   Enjoy the afternoon and evening with your Dirty Peeps as we tramp through the forest, over hill and dale and ending with some great food and social time to celebrate our accomplishment.  We anticipate ending around the fire about 6:30 or 7:00pm. This is a rough trail with rocks, steep inclines and declines.  Short loop – 3 miles – available as well. Registration open to Dirty Girls and Dirty Dudes. Dinner will be served around the fire.  Bring a chair and your beverage of choice for time around the campfire.  This hike is located at the Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails accessible via 74th street. Detailed directions and waiver will arrive via email before the hike.

Sign up in the Dirty Shop!

Questions?  Concerns?  email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com

This hike will only be cancelled due to severe weather or due to negative trail conditions.  There are no refunds unless DGA, LLC cancels the event.

Did you know you can create your own private adventure?

Dirty Girl Adventures is an outdoor adventure company designed by women for women. (We do love our Dirty Dudes and Dirty Families so sometimes we invite them along for the adventure!) Our vision is to encourage, empower and motivate women of all ages and physical abilities to explore their full potential through a variety of outdoor adventures (hiking, kayaking, biking) and to engage them in a vibrant community of women who value self care and healthy boundaries.

Although we focus on serving women, we offer many events that are open to both genders and ages. While fitness is important to the Dirty Girls, we host events that ANYONE can do. You can join the Dirty Girl Club, join us for a scheduled large group event or schedule your own private adventure.  Schedule YOUR private adventure now, the 2015 adventure season is filling up fast!

Why should you schedule a private event with Dirty Girl Adventures? Because it is designed just for you! The level of difficulty and duration can meet the needs of your group. Whether you would like hiking, kayaking or a combination of both, we can create a great adventure for you! Bring your family, friends, office mates or youth group and come outside!  Call to brainstorm your special event now!

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Adventure Ideas!

Here are several adventures that can serve as a base for your ideas. We can meet your exact needs by creating something unique and completely original just for you!

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 Lake Yak

In two hours on beautiful Lake Perry you will learn the basics of kayaking while enjoying the scenery and time with your group. Anytime is the right time to hit the lake! Minimum number is 6 with a maximum of 20ish, Cost:  $15 per kayak per hour per person plus $10 per person for a basic meal (special arrangements can be negotiated) *OYO cost: $10 per person plus $10 with basic meal.

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Travel down the Kansas River from Lecompton to Lawrence.  This will take from four to six hours depending on conditions and our choice of paddling energy or breaks for food. The minimum number is 6 with a maximum of 30ish. River Runs are generally scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, although some weekends are available. Cost per person:  $40 or $50 with a basic meal (special arrangements or requests can be negotiated) *OYO cost $10 or $20 with a meal

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Hike-n-Yak

This adventure is the perfect way to spend a day for any group! Combine a hike of any length with time on the lake in the kayak. We can switch from one activity to the next or we can split the group then come back together for food and fellowship around the fire. Duration of this event is negotiable which impacts price. Cost: starts at $15 per person

*OYO: people who own their own kayak and want to bring it to a DGA event. OYO’s lift, haul and manage all their own gear.

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Dirty Girl Trail Hike – 8 miles

This adventure is generally a 4 – 6 hour time commitment depending on the addition of a meal (campfire option is available) or your group’s choice of speed. Minimum number of hikers should be 8 – maximum is 40ish! Cost per person: $30 or $40 with a basic meal.

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Dirty Girl Trail Hike – 3 Miles

Do you prefer a wilderness trail or a paved trail? Either way we can accommodate you!  This event can be appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.  This adventure generally takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the addition of a meal and time around the campfire.  Minimum number of hikers would be 8.  Cost per person: $20 or $30 with a basic meal.

Contact deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com or 785-608-7888

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Dirty Girls’ Get Away!

head_rearviewThere is exactly one month left to register (Deadline March 16th) for the amazing, first of its kind – Dirty Girls’ Get Away which is scheduled for April 17th, 18th and 19th!  We will be visiting the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  It is a gorgeous and comfortable lodge with many amenities!

poolFrom gorgeous rooms, great food, pool, jacuzzi, spa and wines made on site at the Arbor Day Farm! In fact, I’m hoping to participate in the Friday night wine tasting that they offer – $5 for 4 tastes – surely I’ll find one I like!

wine-new-labelWe will spend Friday evening relaxing and socializing in the Lied Lodge. As is usual with us Dirty Girls, the Tribal Gathering and social time will be divine! We will share some life stories and encouragement as we prepare for a day of hiking on Saturday. Our goal is to build you up and encourage you to challenge yourself to enjoy new adventures! Doesn’t this little spot look like a nice place to hang out and chat with some Dirty Girls?

Lounge_Counches_320_000Saturday, after a delicious breakfast, we will carpool to “Nebraska’s best kept secret” Indian Cave State Park!

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We will spend Saturday hiking the trails along the Mighty Missouri River.  The hills and bluffs offer excellent views from the 25 miles of trails throughout the park.  The Dirty Mama’s have mapped out a hike that can accommodate the short hiker and the long hiker!  We will enjoy a boxed lunch on the trail (included in your cost and furnished by the Lied Lodge).

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I enjoyed a great weekend with my wonderful friends last year which is when the plan for this Dirty Girl Get Away was hatched!  Although we camped, we experienced a pretty cold night and lots of blowing dirt so we thought that it would be well worth it to combine comfort with our outdoor adventure!  The packages that we have created are designed to meet the financial situation of a variety of Dirty Girls.  (This is a Dirty Girl only event – no Dudes – but it is open to both club members and others.) The packages all include lodging, breakfast in the mornings Saturday and Sunday, Saturday lunch and dinner with one beverage.  If you can’t get away on Friday, it is a short 2 hour drive to join us Saturday morning!

 

 

 

 

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For the short hikers, local exploration in Indian Cave State Park includes a variety of pretty cool spots that you can visit with MacGyver Julie while the long hikers keep moving. The day should be beautiful!  After a full day, we will return to the Lied Lodge for some chillaxing and a delicious dinner in the Timber Lodge (instead of a tent!)!

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We will provide a really cool commemorative craft during the evening hours as well as some quality social time with a focus on self-care and refreshing your spirit! Sunday morning, we will leisurely enjoy breakfast together, then enjoy a relaxing hike into the Arbor Day Farm Grounds to visit the Treehouse 50 feet in the air!  It looks SO cool!  Then we will all head home, refreshed and rejuvenated (oh, who am I kidding we will most likely be a bit tired from such an awesome time!).

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Check out this event in the Dirty Shop and get signed up now! You can choose the package that best fits you.  Make a plan and sign up with a roommate or for the Deluxe Solo Package.  All the details are available here!

Hope you can join us!  Questions?  Email me at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

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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It’s a new year and new ADVENTURES await!

Happy New Year Dirty Peeps!

2014 was full of some excellent adventures and great surprises.  2015 will be even better here at Dirty Girl Adventures!  After a full year of existence, we will be more prepared, better organized and … more creative than ever at getting you and yours outside!

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There are so many great places to visit and so many great people to meet that 2015 will be full of adventure.  We are currently looking forward to our Custom Collage Workshop on January 11th. Pondering our vision for life in 2015, we decided that an inspirational and motivational collage would help us maintain focus on what is good.

10801793_381852155322707_8954351069440448879_nCollaging is creative, fun and a thought process along the way! Dirty Girls who attend Refresh! our Retreat last fall enjoyed creating collages.

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We are also really, really looking forward to our April Dirty Girls Get Away  at the fabulous Lied Lodge and gorgeous Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska!  Although it is several months away, the anticipation of a get away weekend in an awesome place with awesome women is already building!

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This is the lobby of the Lied Lodge!  Pretty gorgeous!  It is owned and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation so it seems like a perfect place for a Dirty Girl Get Away!

imgres We started the year off with an excellent “First Day Hike” at Perry State Hiking Biking Trails.  40 Dirty Peeps and Pets came together to start the New Year off on the trail!  Great turn out and great morning to get our blood moving – it was 9*!!  Think about the ways that you can get outside to move, to connect and to enjoy the world this year! 10897750_381739122000677_3761082904389426175_nWhat will you do this year?  My goal is to hike 500 trail miles this year!  I like goals that are positive, motivating and attainable.  (Instead of those annoying goals that essentially say I’m not good enough the way I am right now!)  I’m looking forward to focusing on the people and activities that I truly love and enjoy.  I am cutting out some of the things that I no longer love doing so that I can more fully enjoy the things I love and want to do now.  I acknowledge that even the things we love take work and are sometimes really challenging and miserable but even misery is better when it is attached to something we truly care about and love.  We hope that you are able to find and cherish the people and activities that you love with quality time this year!

We also hope that you will include a plan to come outside with Dirty Girl Adventures this year. We can’t wait to see you!  It’s going to be a great year!

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Love and Peace to each of you this year!

Dirty Girls went ALL the Way!

It was a rainy week.  The ground was wet and the air was cold.  It was time to hike 29 miles in two days!  This was a challenge and a joy enjoyed by Dirty Girls and other slightly strange people!  Joking aside, it turned out to be a gorgeous weekend!  All told, with some extra steps included, the fitbit wearing Dirty Girls agreed that our total mileage for the weekend was 32.75 miles – 18 on Saturday and 14.75 on Sunday!!  WooHoo!  Here are the pictures and a couple of cool stories to go along with them! Here are some pictures and highlights from our weekend!  The Redy2Party Bus picked us up right on time at 8:30 Saturday morning.  It was a crisp and cool morning, but bright and beautiful!

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We had a great view of Perry Lake as we hiked the trail along the edge of the lake. We observed many migratory birds, including my favorite American White Pelican aka Black Wing-tipped Pelican.  They are super cool!  Check them out here!  Their wingspan ranges from 6 to 9 feet!

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Those of us at the front of the line enjoyed a few special sights.  First, I fell within the first 10 minutes on the trail in an amazing and dramatic crash.  WOW!  The bruise is still really painful.  Luckily, I’m the Dirty Mutha so I kept going!  Second, we saw two foxes running and playing in the woods.  When they saw us, they changed direction rapidly!  They were awesome.  (I had my camera in my hand and didn’t even raise it to my face!)

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Dirty Girls! Monkey and Gadget Girl!

These are just a few of the brave and adventurous women who are members of tribe Dirty Girl!  They looked a little more fresh and energetic at the beginning of the adventure that they did at the end but they seemed proud, confident and accomplished event though they were blistered and tired out!  Most were covered with stick tights, poison ivy oils and some small amount of sweat along with their glory!

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These brave girls came out for their first adventure for a 29 mile hike! Now THAT is amazing! Great getting to know them on the trail!
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Dirty GIrls make great friends!

This is one of the gajillion interesting, weird and pretty cool fungus we saw along the trail. It is spiky and cool.   It’s a puffer type fungi and when dry it will poof out spores.

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This cool flat grass is Inland Sea Oats.  Pretty!

DSCF5328The blue flashes mark the trail.  If there are two stacked blue spots, they mark a turn.  This trail is maintained by volunteers so while we hiked, we sprayed new signs along the path.  I also have lovely blue overspray on my camera and watchband!  

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This is the map of the Perry Lake Trail!

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DSCF5373Dirty Girls had time for conversation and contemplation both while maintaining a steady pace over a rough and tough terrain.  The diversity of our group is what makes it great.  Women from all over northeast Kansas joined us for this adventure, coming together with determination and humor to enjoy the weekend together.

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One of the things I have loved the most about this amazing adventure has been meeting and getting to know so many determined, adventurous, interesting, caring, motivated women.  I have enjoyed quality friendships with a few women in my lifetime but this summer I have been able to add many more – more than I ever thought I would find in my lifetime.  Some, I haven’t even begun to know but I can tell that they have much to offer.  I am eager to continue to grow these friendships.  They are enriching, energizing and inspiring to me!

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Lunch on the t rail isnt  so tough when Dirty Mama MacGyver Julie brings it to you!  Comfy chairs and warm water to wash our hands!
Lunch on the trail is the best when Dirty Mama MacGyver Julie brings it to you! Comfy chairs and warm water to wash our hands! Thanks MacGyver!

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This awesome dog – tribal name Dirty Dog – joined us for most of day 2.  We attempted to track down her original owner and left information at the shelter and no one wanted her.  This was a meant to be moment as Dirty Mama Jennifer had been wishing for a dog!  Kiowa aka Dirty Dog, now has a loving home and a tribe of awesome Dirty Girls!

10704184_345259332315323_7522841142142303499_nI kept telling them that we had 2 more miles to go … they were beginning to doubt! The official trail distance is 29 but with extras and detours we covered 32.75.

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THE END!  This is the group at the end of day 2 – what a great bunch!

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Overall, it was a great adventure.  We accomplished something difficult, challenging, enjoyable and strengthening – both physically and emotionally.  We can do it!  There are a million pictures to include but I have to stop somewhere so this is it!  Photo credits to Dirty Girl Lorraine, Dirty Mama Jennifer and possibly a couple of other Dirty Girls!

Thanks to all of the Dirty Girls who joined us for this giant adventure!  Thanks to the Dirty Mamas for all of their love and support and to the Dirty Minions for their help throughout the weekend.  

See you on the trail!  Love each and every one of you for your brave and adventurous determination and overall fabulosity!!

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Denise aka Original Dirty Girl aka The Dirty Mutha!