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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.

Join us for the Spring Fling! Register HERE!

What is the Spring Fling?  It’s an 8 mile hike along the Perry Lake Trail!  The section that we will be hiking on March 28th, includes both fields and woodlands as we travel along the side of Lake Perry.  Below are all the Dirty Peeps who hiked with us on our very first hike last March 2014! We had a great time!  Although we won’t be hiking the same section of the Perry Lake Trail, I bet we will have another great time!  This hike is open to all Dirty Peeps – Dudes, Kids (must be able to hike 8 miles) and, of course, Dirty Girls!  DSCF4631 - Copy

The trail is rough and uneven with mild inclines/declines along the way.  We will expect to travel at a pace of about a 30 minute mile – give or take!  We will pause for snacks, rest and scenic views along the way!

When:  Saturday March 28th, 2015

Time:  Check-in between 9am and 9:30am

Pre-Register by 3-20!  $25 Regular Peeps, $20 Club Members (Includes bus ride, trail guide and support, snacks at the end) REGISTER HERE on the Dirty Shop under Events!  We will hike regardless of cold or snow – cancellation may occur due to wet conditions or severe weather.  Refunds are not available after the 20th as the bus and food will have been paid for by that date!

Where:  The Slough Creek Campground Group Camp Area at Lake Perry!

Wear/Bring:  Plan to wear long pants regardless of temperature.  The Perry Lake Trail is a wilderness trail and there will be brushy sections.  Bring water and snacks for along the trail   If you don’t have a hydration pack, a string bag or small back pack would be handy for water and a few good snacks.  Remember, we will be hiking 8 miles, that’s a lot of calories and energy expended.  You need both protein and some sugar to keep your energy flowing – good protein bars, trail mix, an apple!

The Basic Plan:  We will have feet on the trail by 10am and we should be relaxing around the campfire with some food and BYO beverages by 2ish. Dirty Girl Adventures will furnish a variety of snacks and water at the Campfire.  Plan to bring snacks and water for the hike!  You may choose to bring adult beverages to enjoy at the end of the hike.  Please plan to bring a chair for around the campfire! 

A variety of shirts will be available on the day of the event!

Last year it was pretty chilly – who knows what this year will bring!

DSCF4642 Scenes from the trail 2014! It is already greener than last year was!

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We will be doing a different 8 mile section of the Perry Lake Trail than we did last March.  This section will take us from the north end of the trail back to Slough Creek Campground for hanging out by the fire.  We will make a stop at this awesome rock beach!

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A peek at the 2015 Adventure Calendar!

Currently, these are the 2015 Scheduled Adventures! Links to register will become available as the time for each event draws near.   Meanwhile, mark your calendar and call your Dirty Girls to make a plan!

January 11th, 2015 Custom Collage Workshop

2:30 – 5:30 at Crooked Post Winery, Ozawkie

$40 includes instruction, supplies and a glass of delicious wine

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394Join us for an afternoon of creativity! The Creative – Custom Collage Class will provide you with the supplies, instruction and some camaraderie while you create a unique work of art! The goal is to create a piece of art that will inspire, encourage and motivate you throughout the year. No pressure – we will guide you through the steps necessary to create a special and creative piece of art! Oh, did we mention that the venue for this event is the Crooked Post Winery? Yep, relax with your Dirty Girls, make art and drink wine! Bring your friends to meet the Dirty Girls and discuss upcoming adventures!

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Welcome to Dirty Girl Adventures 2015 Hiking Season!

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All hikes will include travel over rough, rocky trail with portions of steep incline and decline. Hikes will be guided, with quality trail support provided. Total distance will vary from event to event. Hikes will occur in cold weather, possibly through snow. Cancellation may occur due to severe weather or active precipitation. Trail support will include leader, mid-line hiker and sweep hiker to provide direction, any needed first aide and encouragement! Each event is unique with a variety of special amenities! Come out to enjoy a Dirty Girl Adventure this season!

February 28th, 2015  Hike with the Eagles!

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$20 or $35 by 2/12/15 with T-shirt included

A chilly but scenic time to hike, February is THE prime time to see American Bald Eagles in their natural habitat – right here in Kansas! This hike will be progressive – we will start at one short trail, hike and view then carpool to the next viewing/hiking area and repeat! Hiking will be around Lake Perry Kansas and the Kansas River. We will assess the weather and choose our distance and specific locations accordingly as we get closer to the date. For now, plan to set aside 10am – 3pm for some quality time! Our goal at this time would be to meet at 10am and get our feet on the trail by 10:30am. We will likely travel about 3 miles then load up to carpool to our next location for another 3 miles. We may stop at a couple of excellent viewing spots as well. Most likely our total hiking distance will be 6-8 miles with at least one “warm up” time in the car as we travel to the next viewing/hiking spot. Our Check-in start and Finish will be a local eating and drinking establishment – comfortable for warming up and socializing post event!

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 March 28th, 2015  Spring Fling!

10am – 3pm

$20 or $35 by 3/12/15 with T-shirt included

This brisk spring hike will take us 8 miles with the Dirty Girls through some awesome terrain. We will get moving to see what we can see as we travel along a portion of the Lake Perry Trail. The specific section of trail will be revealed, as we get closer to the date! The end of the hike will include delicious food and celebration of our accomplishment!

 April 17th through 19th, 2015  Dirty Girls Get Away!

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Join the Dirty Girls for a Great Get Away in neighboring Nebraska. We will Lodge at the amazing Lied Lodge (lobby pictured below)lobby in Nebraska, hike in the gorgeous Indian Cave State Park on Saturday and enjoy the camaraderie of Dirty Girls! Various packages are available to accommodate all the Dirty Girls – stay Friday and Saturday nights or just Saturday night. This Get Away! Includes lodging, meals, hiking, time to relax, time to socialize and enjoy the amazing community of the Dirty Girls!

 

April 25th, 2015  Down and Dirty 3 Mile! 

$20 or $35 by 4/9/15 with T-shirt included

This will be the perfect distance and day to enjoy your 20140426_132356-1_thumb.jpgDirty Peeps! We will gather for some social time then start out all together on a lovely spring hike. This is the event that brings ALL of us together, from the youngest to the oldest; it’s the day to enjoy your Dirty Girls! This terrain will be easier than the rough trail we usually travel, or at least shorter! We will enjoy healthy snacks and quality social time around the fire when we are done. Location and details TBD as spring arrives!

May 9th, 2015 Dirty Girls do it in the Woods! For 8-Miles!

$20 or $35 by 4/9/15 with T-shirt includedDSCF4117It’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.

DSCF1958[3]Enjoy the day 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.

 

 

June 6th and 7th, 2015 Kayak Extravaganza!  

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The Kayak Extravaganza! Come and learn the basics of recreational kayaking! A day at Perry State Park to test run a kayak will inspire you for further summer adventures! People of all ages are welcome to test paddle a kayak after receiving basic instruction. Short expeditions will be offered as people gain experience. This is the kick off of the summer Kayak adventure season! Details will be posted as we develop them!

 Summer will hold these additional fabulous adventures as the season unfolds!

Weekly Sunset Lake Yaks, occasional Sunset River Yaks and some early bird Sunrise Yaks!

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June: First Float! We will go down the Kaw date TBD

July: Hot Times! As we cruise the Kaw date TBD

August: 3rd Annual Ass Kicker! Date TBD

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September: Fall Color Float and Bird Paddles – Dates TBD

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Bald Eagle eating lunch.

October: 2nd Annual, Dirty Girls Go All the Way!

Club events will be added into the monthly scheduled events and will feature socializing, continued hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and “hi-yaking” events as well as some river runs! Join the club for extra perks with the Dirty Girls! Membership details available online! Check the Dirty Shop to sign up today!

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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!!

xoxoxox

Denise aka Original Dirty Girl aka The Dirty Mutha!

Dirty Girls Go All the Way! REGISTRATION CLOSED! :D

It’s time!  We’ve been hiking and moving our bodies for months now and it’s time to go all the way!  All the way around the Perry Lake Trail that is!  This is a really cool trail and the company can’t be beat!  This is NOT a race!  Our anticipated pace for the duration is a 30 minute mile.  This is an event to celebrate our love of the outdoors while simultaneously celebrating our ability to endure and sustain physical activity for a long time!  We will see many interesting sights and enjoy the time with our Dirty compadres! We will spend Columbus Day weekend, October 11th and 12th hiking the distance!  This event is open to every Dirty Peep!  Dirty Girls, Dirty Dudes and Dirty Teens.DSC_0165

We will begin early Saturday morning by setting up camp at Slough Creek Campground then we will load up the party bus and head for the Old Military Trail Head!  We will hike the west side of the trail on Saturday – from The Old Military Trail Head to Slough Creek Campground.  Dirty Minions will monitor our camp while we hike, keeping the fire burning at base camp.  On the trail, we will have a delicious boxed lunch at the 8 mile mark.  We will end at base camp with showers, a fire and a hot dinner!  After a great night at base camp, we will wake up, get a good breakfast then hop the party bus back to the Old Military Trail Head to hike the east side of the Perry Lake Trail.  We will have another great lunch on the trail.  When we get back to base camp, we will break camp and celebrate our accomplishment (then go home and shower!)

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This trail includes rocky, hilly steep inclines and declines.  There will be brush, poison ivy and bugs.  The distance is not the only challenge – a good portion of the trail is decidedly technical in nature.  Signing up for this event indicates your understanding of the challenges in terrain, distance and weather.  The event will occur regardless of temperature – cancellation will occur only with severe weather.

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Dirty Girl Adventures will provide trail support along the way.  Guidance, encouragement, lunch, water stops to refill your packs and the assurance that no Dirty Girls will be left behind!

Hikers will need the following gear:  quality shoes, layered clothing for both days, hydration pack with AT LEAST 2.o liters of water to start, bug spray, snacks, one fully charged  cell phone for each day, camp chair, overnight camping supplies (sleeping quarters, bed roll, etc.), shower supplies and a camera! (Additional gear list will be provided when you sign up!)

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Feel like going all the way might be a bit much or two days won’t fit your schedule?  Go half!  Here are the options …

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION! September 30th, 2014!

All the Way!  Price includes:  2 days of hiking, 4 meals (2 lunches, dinner and breakfast), camp monitors, campground fees, access to showers, 2 party bus rides to trail head, support on the trail!

Regular Price! $120                Club Price! $96 

Saturday Half the Way!  Price includes:  1 day of hiking, lunch, dinner, campground fees, party bus ride, support on the trail!

Regular Price $75.00             Club Price $60

Sunday Half the Way!  Price includes: 1 day of hiking, breakfast, lunch, campground fees, party bus ride, support on the trail

Regular Price $75.00      Club Price $60

 

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. 

Don’t feel like you are up for these distances but LOVE your Dirty Girls? VOLUNTEER to cheer!  Volunteers will be needed to hold down Base Camp, hand out lunches, cheer on Dirty Hikers at a couple of SAG (Support and Gear) stops! Contact the Dirty Mutha at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

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Hot Times: A Kansas River Run SOLD OUT!!

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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!

 

 

Another 8 Miles Recapped!

Better late than never!  I have been remiss in writing up some adventure stories over the past few months!  April 6th was a glorious weather day and the perfect day for our second 8 mile section of the Perry Lake Trail.  We started at Hog Holler Saloon to check in and load up the Party Hike Bus and head to the trailhead for the day.  We enjoyed a warm and gorgeous spring day along the trail.  53 hikers took the trail for this adventure!  Over hill and dale we tramped through the woods of Northeast Kansas. 

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Dirty Girls, Dirty Dudes and Dirty Kids discovered the great outdoors, new friends and interesting sights along the trail.  The terrain was pretty mild in comparison to the previous section of the trail so we moved pretty quickly, covering the 8 miles in less than three hours! 

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Dirty Girls and their Dirty Peeps don’t give up.  Instead, they work to know their own needs and pace.  It is important to challenge ourselves to improve but it is also important to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments along the way.  If your distance is 1 mile, 3 miles or 8 miles you deserve a WOO WOO for getting your butt off the couch, out of the house and onto the trail!  Keep it moving!  Catch up with a Dirty Peep and get it moving!

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Check out these gorgeous and adventurous Dirty Kids!  The rock beach along the trail is a highlight of this section.  I am planning to spend a bit of time relaxing here this summer, possibly with my kayak!

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The Perry Lake Trail is maintained by a volunteer organization called The Kansas Trail Council.  What a great group of workers!  We are loving the trail and the adventure their work allows us! Plus, these bridges are a great photo opp!

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The coolest thing about a Dirty Girl Adventure is that it is full of fabulous!  We are all supportive of each other, accepting of differences and invested in quality time for ourselves and each other.  We are not just exercising, we are exploring!  There is quite a bit of WOOO WOO-ing along the trail as well as random guessing as to how far we have traveled!  We were happy to have a couple of support stops along the tail to refill our water and ring the cow bell to celebrate our progress.  Thanks to the Dirty Minions and the Token Male!  It’s always nice to have support and encouragement along the journey!

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While we were at Hog Holler, we enjoyed a variety of food and beverages and CHECK THIS OUT!!  We are on the register with a 20% Discount!  It’s like we’re famous or something!  Thanks Clay for the Dirty Girl Discount on event days!  Hog Holler is a great venue!  It was very rewarding to be greeted and cheered by various folks when we arrived.  Two Dirty Girls joined up after watching the fun times as we rolled into Hog Holler!  Yay!  The Dirty Girls can’t wait for some hot summer days on the porch post kayaking! 

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Stay tuned for more great Adventure Stories from Dirty Girl Adventures!  Next up, the Down and Dirty 3 Mile – and oh, what a story that is!