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!
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!
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!
Mostly 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. 😀
This big log was stunning! We will camp here sometime soon!
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?!
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!!”
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!!”
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!!
Dirty Girl Tipsy
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!
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!
The Dirty Mutha!