Dirty Mamas go camping!

Well, it’s a Dirty job but someone has to do it!  Myself and the Dirty Mama’s took a road trip to Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska. 20140328_181452 Our goal?  A good time, a great hike, quality time together and reconnaissance for a future Dirty Girl Club event!  We smashed all of our gear into the truck – needless to say Dirty Mama’s have a tendency to be over prepared! So we had a lot of stuff! 10006266_10203223781332494_1544734481_n We set up our camp and got a good fire started.  I was happy to see that my little home made fire starters worked great!  I saved toilet paper tubes, stuffed them full of dryer lint then poured melted wax (Pink Zebra Sprinkles that didn’t smell sweet any more) over both ends – sealing in the lint.  Ka-Pow!  Free fire starters!
IMG_20140329_220608 We tucked in to some delicious dinner and a bit of wine and great conversation.  It is so wonderful to have such friends as these!  We are able to be our own true selves together.  We are all so different yet we are able to come together and appreciate each other.
DSCF4763We had a pretty cold night. It was in the 20’s overnight and we had frost on the ground when we woke up.  Luckily, Julie is awesome and made us delicious egg, Canadian bacon, cheese English muffins on the fire to go with our amazing french press coffee and cream!  We geared up an headed to the trail.  First stop was the Missouri River, second was the Indian Cave to see the petroglyphs then hike the trails!
DSCF4703 DSCF4715unnamed This was pretty cool.  The Geologic formation is called Loess it is only located in a couple of places in the world.  It is defined as “a loosely compacted yellowish-gray deposit of windblown sediment of which extensive deposits occur, e.g., in eastern China and the American Midwest.”  Did I mention that I am a Geology nerd??  After checking this out, we started hiking the trail – the start of the trail was a pretty big hill.
20140329_130824We made it to the top, which was an amazing view of the Missouri River!  We took a rest, had a snack and kept on going!
20140329_125353It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day for a hike!  The sun was bright and the wind was light.  We hiked all the way back to our camp site along the river.  It was gorgeous. Hiking in early spring is bomb diggity!  No bugs, no brush and the ability to see through the trees makes for a great view.  The trail has multiple camping spots for those who choose to pack it in and there are some Adirondack shelters for camping as well.  Pretty cool trail. 

1510935_10203223779572450_978034345_nIt was a lovely weekend and a lovely state park.  The opportunity to get away from our normal daily lives and to hang out together was awesome.  It is interesting how we are all different but we blend together to better understand each other and ourselves.  Quality time!
There were many things to see…
DSCF4737 DSCF4743 DSCF4744It was funny, after driving 2 hours from home and hiking a couple of hours, we ended at this overlook.  We met a couple of dads and their kids and began chatting.  Hilarious!  They were from home! They were nice and took this picture of us!
DSCF4760 DSCF4751I absolutely love each of these women.  They are each individual, amazing, funny, smart, capable, brave, wise, ridiculous, loving, caring and special to me. They are a gift to me each day.
Sooooooo…. what does our great time have to do with the Dirty Girl Club??  We had such a great time and really, really loved it and we want to share it with the Dirty Girl Club! We are planning a spring retreat to Indian Cave State Park!  We did decide that tent camping in the cold was amazing but possibly overrated so we checked out a local place to stay.  Our first choice is the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.  It’s close enough to get to Indian Cave State Park and comfy enough to make a Dirty Girl happy!!  I’m working on dates and rates for a very special trip next spring!  It’s going to be great! Check out the Lied Lodge … I’ll keep you posted on the plans as they develop!

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