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The 2nd Annual Ass Kicker was a kick ass time!

Soooo, a month or so ago 27 Dirty Girls took to the River on a hot, dry, low water, slow moving summer day.  It was a glorious day for an adventure!  The toughest river adventure of the summer!  We started out at the 8th street boat ramp in Lawrence, where the water is relatively quick after going over the Bowersock Dam.  It was already feeling hot as we got ready to launch onto the Kansas River!

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Dirty Girl Kelly shared a special program with us – “I RUN 4”.  This program matches those that can with those that can’t – the best motivation to run, walk, hike, kayak is to do it for others!  All 27 Dirty Girls donated their 20 miles on the Kaw to Kelly’s partner Alie!

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Although it was 100*, it really doesn’t feel that hot when you are on the water.  This event was fun, but it was also a challenge.  An interesting combination of pain and pleasure, joy and despair!  Hopefully, the despair was short lived for most of us.  Usually it came when we realized that, once again, we would have to get out a pull our kayaks!

DSCF5269Mostly though, there was joy!  Joy in the day, the sky, the water and the sand!  Joy in the excellent camaraderie and fellowship of a gang of Dirty Girls!  Sand bars are awesome places of adventure!  Treasures are buried in the sand, interesting rocks, fossils, minerals and detritus of humans living along the river. I call them River Findings.  😀

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This big log was stunning!  We will camp here sometime soon!

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It wouldn’t have been an ass kicker if the water had been higher … and flowing faster!

Dirty Girl Knucklehead Pam helps out Dirty Girl Hot Foot Stacy with a ride to avoid burning sands.  What are Dirty Girl friends for anyway?!

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A quote from Dirty Girl Tina,  “I had such a great time yesterday! No way could I have done this a year ago! So thankful for the Original Dirty Girls and all the other Dirty Girls who inspire and motivate me every day! I feel there is nothing I can not accomplish if I put my mind to it!!”

DSCF5228Who doesn’t love pulling their kayak across the sand?

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A quote from Dirty Girl Dawn, Flying Fish Girl!   “Thank you for organizing such a wonderful day for us. I came home certainly feeling exhausted, but also exhilarated, strong, and accomplished. I’m looking forward to resting, cleaning some serious sand and mud out of my kayak and clothes from yesterday, showing off my shirt, and thinking back on today with a smile. And of course telling stories of sandbars, paddling hard, bald eagles and flying fish. Thank you again!!”

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It was a great day to spend with the Dirty Girls!

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I feel like I have wrestled with a bear this afternoon! BUT! What an accomplishment for me and my Dirty Girls! 20 miles weren’t easy. Hell, I think only 2 were easy! Big shout out to my Dirty Sisters that helped with the flooded tipped over kayak! That was a true difficult moment. Had it not been for the three of you, the kayak would still be on the bottom of the Kaw and I would be stranded on a sandbar with nothing but a soaked backpack.
This was a truly great experience for me. Things I forgot My body could do! We Kicked Ass on the river!!
Xoxo
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These Dirty Girls are a strong, determined and independent group of women!  So amazing!  Couldn’t choose a better way to spend the day paddling on the Kaw than to spend it with these women!

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WE DID IT!  This challenge was conquered!  It was fun, tough, sandy, fishy, sunny and fabulous!  The best part?  The amazing women who are adventurous, brave and willing to kick their own asses!  Thanks for coming out with the Dirty Girls!

xoxoxox

The Dirty Mutha!

Hike – N – Yak Combination! SOLD OUT!

Yes!  It’s starting to get cooler which makes hiking ever so much more pleasant!  We will be taking a short, 3 mile hike on pavement through some gorgeous scenery near beautiful Lake Perry.

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American Bald Eagle on Lake Perry Kansas from the kayak!

Also, kayaking in the fall is awesome so we will spend about two hours paddling along the lake and enjoying the scenes from that perspective.  Is 8 miles too far for you?  Come with us for this event!  We will have two groups of twenty taking turns on the trail and the kayaks culminating with a tasty dinner around the campfire and some awesome social time!  Each activity will last about 2 hours with a short break around the fire in between to recharge.  Dirty Girls, Dirty Dudes and Dirty kids are welcome to join us for this fall event.

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What:  3 mile walk on paved trail, 2ish hours on the lake in the kayak and DINNER around the campfire with your friends!  (dinner: pulled pork, baked potato, salad, dessert)

When:  Sunday October 5th, from 1pm – 8pm CHECK IN TIME IS 12:30pm

Where:  Slough Creek Education Conservation Area Lake Perry

Bring:  Lawn Chair, layers of clothing, bug spray, your beverage of choice

Regular Price:  $55 per person (includes hiking, kayaking and dinner)

Club Price:  $45 per person (includes hiking, kayaking and dinner)

You must pay in advance to reserve a spot for this adventure!  IF you don’t want to or can’t use paypal, contact the Dirty Mutha to make arrangements at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

This event is going to happen despite temperature – cancellation will be due to severe or wet weather.  Refunds are offered only when Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC determines that the event is cancelled.

Copyright Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC 2014 all rights reserved. 

Hot Times were had by all!

Last Sunday a group of about 40 paddlers set out for a paddle from Lecompton to Lawrence on the Mighty Kaw.  The river was running low and slow so we were ready to paddle!  Happily, the day wasn’t incredibly hot and the wind was a breeze instead of a gale!

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This summer has been full of kayaking and getting to know sooo many new Dirty Girls!  It has been wonderful to meet and begin friendships with so many women who are energized and ready for Outdoor Adventure!

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Every trip down the river is a new and different experience.  The variables are constant — water flow, water level, people in the group, sand bars, fossils, wild life — each trip is a special event.

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Kayaking on the river brings a relaxation of both the body and the mind.  It is a great way to spend the day.

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Hot Times: A Kansas River Run SOLD OUT!!

SOLD OUT! 

Yes, it’s time for some Hot Times on the Kansas River!  The First Float was in June and the River was fabulous!  A good flow rate and lots of sunshine were ingredients in our day.  Those ingredients combined with great company brought good times to the 48 paddlers who ventured out with Dirty Girl Adventures.  We are looking forward to Hot Times River Run on Sunday July 27th, 2014!

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We are currently planning to explore a different section of the Kansas River – from the Seward Boat Ramp in Topeka to Rising Sun River Access in Lecompton .  This 12.7 mile long paddle will take 4 – 5 hours depending on the amount of time we choose to dally on the sand bars.  Yoga, anyone?  This section of the river does have a low head dam near the Tecumseh Power Plant – it is easy to go over through a middle section at normal or low river flow rates.  Dirty Girl Adventures will determine the safety of this passage before the Hot Times River Run begins.

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Paddlers will need to meet at the Rising Sun River Access to leave their vehicles and catch the standing room only Redy2Party Bus for a ride to the Seward Boat Ramp. Own your own kayak? Plan to drop your gear with the Dirty Minions at Seward then head to Rising Sun for a packed bus ride!

There are  32 single person kayaks and 2 – 2 person tandem kayaks available for the Hot Times River Run.  Seats are first come, first served.  The payment buttons will be removed when the maximum number of people have registered.  A waiting list will be started in case registered paddlers need to cancel.  Refunds will be given for cancellations through July 21st.  After July 21st, refunds will only be given if Dirty Girl Adventures can re-sell your spot.

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Dirty Girl Adventures has the right to cancel this event due to weather or water conditions up to the day of the River Run.  Refunds will be given if Dirty Girl Adventures chooses to cancel.  Cancellation will be due to safety concerns – please feel confident that Dirty Girl Adventures are making every effort to ensure your safety on the river.  Dirty Girl Adventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

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SOLD OUT! 

Gear to bring:  WATER, sunscreen, hearty snacks and a lunch, water, sunscreen, old tennis shoes or water shoes, hat, beverages of your choice, your favorite life jacket if you have one otherwise you can use a DGA floatation device 😀

Questions, problems or concerns?  Don’t make a comment here – email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com or call Denise at 785-608-7888!

 

 

It’s the KAYAK EXTRAVAGANZA!!

Announcing a collaboration between Dirty Girl Adventures and Up A Creek!  These two awesome outdoor adventure companies are going to collaborate in offering TWO great dates our for the Kayak Extravaganza!  Come out and give kayaking a try!  Bring your family and friends along and learn the basics of kayaking on beautiful Lake Perry!  You can extend your kayaking experience after the Extravaganza by signing up for an adventure on the Mighty Kaw with Dirty Girl Adventures or Up A Creek!  There will be lake based adventures to choose as well!  Dirty Girls, Dirty Dudes and Dirty Kids are all welcome!

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This is your opportunity to get in a kayak if you’ve never been in one.  You can build up your kayak comfort level with this Adventurous Extravaganza.  Have you worried about getting in and out of the kayak? Tipping it?  Feeling comfortable and safe?  This is your chance to check it OUT! Will you like it?  I feel confident that the vast majority of you will be able to do it and will like it, likely you will LOVE it!

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We will have solo kayaks, tandem kayaks and sit on top kayaks available for you to test paddle.  Although, we are not certified kayak instructors, we will be able to teach you the basics of lake and river kayaking in this awesome introductory adventure!

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Sooooo, the long-awaited details!

You can choose between one of two days to check out kayaking.  Pre-registering will help us plan and accommodate all of you but you can show up or bring a friend along on the day of the event.  The cost will be $10 for the adventure.

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What:  Test paddle a kayak, hang out with some awesome Dirty Peeps! 

When:  Sunday June 1st    JUST SHOW UP! 

When:  Sunday June 8th pre-register by June 4th!    Buy Now Button 

 

Time:  1pm – 5pm drop in event (You will each have AT LEAST 30 minutes in a kayak possibly 45 based on the availability)

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Where:  Perry State Park Boat Ramp map you will actually take the road on the south side of the State Park Office.  Follow it westward to the boat ramp!

You will need to bring:  a refillable water bottle (I’ll have water jugs.), sunscreen, chair, towel, beverage of your choice, cash and/or your check book would be handy so you can pay for your next, longer kayaking adventure as well as purchase a NEW DIRTY GIRL SHIRT OR TANK TOP for kayaking season!!

You should plan to wear: A swimsuit or quick dry shorts/shirt, water shoes (NOT FLIP FLOPS) or old tennis shoes, a PFD – Personal Flotation Device (furnished by us), sunscreen,  sun glasses and maybe a good hat.

WEATHER:  We will kayak in mild weather – the only cancellation will be due to severe weather.  If the event is cancelled we will add a new date.

Awesomeness:  We will have check-in, waiver signing and Dirty Girl Camp set up next to the boat ramp!  WOOHOO!  Kayaking and hanging out with the Dirty Peeps!

Hope that you can come and join us for this Adventure and, of course many others!  If you have questions shoot me an email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!