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.

DSCF5247River Run 

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

This post is copyright Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC 2015 all rights reserved.

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.

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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 do it on the Lake!

Have you been wondering what a Lake Yak really is?  Well, it is wonderful!  Recently, Dirty Girl Adventures has offered 4 Lake Yak opportunities and there are  more to come.  What does a Lake Yak entail?  Dirty Girl Adventures provides the equipment (kayaks, life preservers and paddles) as well as the muscle needed to lift, haul and otherwise schlep the equipment to and from the lake.  You get to … gain paddling experience, build some muscle, chat with friends and family, enjoy the water, relax, breathe, float!  You can reserve a spot on a scheduled Lake Yak or you can contact Dirty Girl Adventures to schedule a time that works for you.

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It should be noted that the weather and time of day have significant impact on the type of Lake Yak experience you might have!  However, the bottom line is that you WILL enjoy yourself!  The Lake Yak is a great way to gain confidence on the water in a kayak.  When we take a River Run, you are committed to 3-5 hours on the water – unless you really want to paddle upstream!  Although I have never had a person absolutely hate kayaking, if you are unsure or anxious, the Lake Yak is a great test run. Dirty Girl Adventures will give you basic instruction and support throughout your entire Adventure!

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An evening Lake Yak offers the added benefit of watching the sun go down on the water.  Kansas is a beautiful place!

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The chance to float and chat with your Dirty Friends is an invaluable way to nurture your spirit!  Relax and refresh on the water!

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Watch for more scheduled Lake Yaks by subscribing to this website for email updates or contact Denise the Original Dirty Girlfor more information on scheduling your own Lake Yak!  A minimum of 5 participants is required for a private Lake Yak and the cost is $20 per person.  If you’d like to linger around the campfire when you are off the water, an additional charge will provide food for your group.  Email Denise today deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

Come outside with Dirty Girl Adventures!

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Lake Yak!! Register NOW! 7-9pm is sold out!!

It’s time for another Lake Yak!  Join us for a paddle on gorgeous Lake Perry on Monday July 14th!  There are 12 kayak spots available for both two hour outings.  This is an opportunity to improve your paddling, to relax, to spend time with the Dirty Girls and to refresh yourself!  We will be setting up Dirty Girl Camp at Old Town Campground at Lake Perry.

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Time choices are from 4 – 6pm

Email me for your choice of time slot and I will email you the paypal buttons and reserve your spot immediately.  Once the spots are full, I will post that this event is FULL.

Dirty Girl Adventures will cancel this event and refund fees if there is sever weather. Refunds will not be given for your cancellation unless Dirty Girl Adventures can resell your spot.  Dirty Girl Adventures will make every effort to resell your spot.  Dirty Girl Adventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

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Details:  Monday July 14th 4 – 6pm

Cost:  $16 for club member and $20 for Dirties

Register:  email Denise to register @ deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com specify your time choice in the email!

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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 are getting fit and having fun!

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Time on the trail as fall begins is more beautiful than ever!  Everyone who has been joining the Dirty Girls for time on the trail has been improving their fitness level and, hopefully, their peace of mind!  We are a diverse group at this point, some are up to running or speed wogging others are just starting out on the trail.  I am SOOO excited to see this moving forward! People are getting outside, stretching their daily routines and working to feel good!

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I can’t wait for the Half Day Hike.  I am hoping that it freezes once to kill some bugs and maybe cut down the brush.  Even if it doesn’t, it will be awesome!  This will be the hike to bring along the camera – hopefully we will see some good sights!  In addition to the hike, I am looking forward to sitting around the campfire at the end of the hike, relaxing with the Dirty Girls.  I love chillaxing around the fire on any occasion but this will be especially lovely!

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I am absolutely thrilled that so many  Dirty Girls are hitting the trail with me.  Lately. I have been focusing on what to do on the days we aren’t on the trail.  I, for one, have been slacking on that a bit!  I need to do some more core strengthening and stretching – I need a day of good yoga each week!  (Someday, when I have a Dirty Girl Clubhouse/outfitter store, I will have yoga twice a week!) So… I am making a goal to add to my usual three days a week on the trail!  I want to ride my bike twice a week, do yoga once a week and ADD some basic strength moves to each workout day.  This will take some practice – new habits always do.  I figure, add some sit ups, push ups (Dirty Girl Jenni has some amazing arms and has inspired me!) and my physical therapy exercises again.  This should only add a thirty minute routine maybe four days a week.  It was sooo much easier when working out was part of my work day!

Dirty Girls don’t give up!!

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Exercise and healthy eating are 100% part of my daily life.  Sure, I eat too much of some things.  I eat junk food and I drink, generally in moderation.  It’s not a diet, it is just how life is… adding a few more minutes of exercise shouldn’t be impossible.  I would, of course, love to be thinner and firmer and more fit but really, generally, I feel great!  The motivator for my activity isn’t so much weight loss, (it was 100% about that at one time) now my motivation is being fit, feeling great, sleeping tight and having this awesome energy to live my life.  What motivates you?  Why are you getting up and getting out?  Are there tangible rewards for you?  Are you walking or working out when you aren’t on the trail? If you aren’t exercising and getting outside regularly, how can you work it into your day?  It doesn’t matter if you are fast and cranking out a 30 minute 5K (the cross country boys are doing it in less than 20 minutes!) or walking slowly and steadily down the road, just keep moving! Hang out with some Dirty Girls and get it going on!!