Backpacking on the Perry Lake Trail

Join us for a new adventure on the Perry Lake Trail.  We will enjoy a new experience on the Perry Lake Trail by backpacking approximately 10-12 miles. We will load up our packs and explore the trail from a different vantage point than in the past by taking everything we need on our backs!  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several steep inclines and declines as well as rough uneven terrain.  This will be a challenging adventure but a good experience for future backpacking adventures.

This adventure begins on Friday April 23rd at 1pm and should end Saturday April 24th mid to late afternoon.

We will talk about different packing and loading techniques for your pack, share some of the gear we love and hopefully demonstrate some HAMMOCK CAMPING – weather permitting. We are fair weather hammock campers!

When:  Friday April 23rd – Saturday April 24th

Check in time:  Friday April 23rd, 1:30pm

Estimated completion time: Saturday April 24th, mid-afternoon

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with USACE and have a plan if an emergency arises. We’ve also pre-hiked and chosen a campground.  We’ll ensure that we have filtered drinking and cooking water, firewood and s’mores for dessert!  In addition, we’ll provide you with a gear list, clothing suggestions and a pack weigh in prior to the event.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

Journey to the Sandhill Cranes

Journey to the Sandhill Cranes
We have long wanted to experience the magic of the Sandhill Crane migration and this is the year that we will do it!  Join us for an amazing journey to see one of the great migration stories of the world. Over the last several months, we have developed contacts in Nebraska, spoken to local guides and worked to design a unique adventure weekend.  Pricing includes lodging and multiple tours, as well as the ease of knowing that you will be with friends and that DGA is taking care of all the details.   This will be an excellent adventure.
Check out this video about the  Sandhill Crane Migration
Here are the details: 
When:  March 26th -28th, 2021
Where:  North Platte, Nebraska
What:  You will travel on Friday (carpooling encouraged) to arrive in North Platte before bed.  We’re hoping that you arrive before dinner so that we can spend the evening together.  The drive from Topeka area is about 6 hours.
Saturday 3/27/2021
Before sunrise we have arranged bus service to transport us to a river blind where we will have the opportunity to observe the Sandhill Cranes wake up on the river and fly into the fields – this experience has been described as deeply moving and beautiful.  A roost is never completely quiet. In the morning as you arrive at the blind in the full dark, the cooing and murmuring of the Cranes will have continued unabated from the night before. As the dawn approaches, the noise and activity on the roost will rise to a crescendo. A few small groups will take wing until finally the air will reverberate with thousands of flapping wings as the entire roost rises to greet the day.
1:30pm Gather to load the guided tour bus which will take us to several locations to observe the Sandhill Cranes.  The 2+ hour tour will take you through the meadows and crop fields of rural Lincoln County where the Sandhill Cranes spend the bulk of their day. Here they will feed on waste grain and insects, but most of all they will dance! Scientists believe the dancing triggers hormones that will insure a successful nesting season and it strengthens the pair bonds. The bus provides an excellent elevated viewing platform, and your Guide will stop wherever large flocks of Cranes have congregated. The tour also includes educational information about the Sandhill Cranes, their time in the North Platte area and the migration.
After an early-ish dinner we will re-board the bus and travel back to a river blind to watch the Sandhill Cranes return to their sandbar for the night.  This is their safe haven through the night and is an awesome sight to see.  There is nothing quite like watching the sunset in a blind on the river next to a roost with thousands of Sandhill Cranes. They will leave their feeding and loafing grounds in the late afternoon, then as sunset nears, will make their way to the safety of the river to spend the night. As the sun sets their loud raucous calls will quiet to cooing and murmuring, with the occasional loud honk.
In between these planned adventures, we will have some flex time.  You can choose to relax at the hotel (pool and hot tub available), join us for a hike on the North Platte trail system or explore shopping in the area.
Sunday 3/28/2021
Before sunrise we will hop on the tour bus for a ride to a private location where we will have the opportunity to see the Greater Prairie Chickens.  These birds are now rare and are listed on the Vulnerable population list of species.  In the spring the hearts of the Nebraska Greater Prairie Chickens turn toward love. To successfully attract a female mate, the male Prairie Chickens must impress them with their dancing prowess. Males will gather in large numbers on dancing grounds knowns as leks. They will cackle, jump and stomp their feet, sometimes scuffling with a rival. Then they will scrunch down and inflate their bright orange neck sacks and emit an eerie booming sound.
After this adventure, we will likely have some lunch, maybe stop into a couple of shops then head home to Kansas with our hearts and minds full of memories and a desire to sleep a little late on Monday.
$350 per person for Club Members
$400 for non-members
This includes the following:
2 nights in LaQuinta
     (rooms are available for double occupancy – find a roommate!)
Breakfast both days
4 guided viewing events some on private land
Transportation to all viewings and tours
This doesn’t include lunches/dinners
Personal belongings
Warm clothing, sturdy shoes
Pocket money for incidentals
Covid -19 Considerations
Buses will allow for us to be spaced out and masked – if maximum participants sign up we will have 2 busses.
We will work to follow all social distancing, masking and sanitation guidelines to ensure safety throughout this adventure.  Our tour guide service is dedicated to this as well.

Immanuel Youth Paddle

Join us for a relaxing afternoon on the lake Sunday September 13th.  We will paddle on Clinton Lake for a lovely afternoon connected with creation and each other from a physically safe distance.

Check in at:  3:15pm 

Location:  Coon Creek Boat Ramp:  GOOGLE MAP LINK Basic directions… from Immanuel take Bob Billings Parkway to Hwy 40 West, turn left onto N 1600 Road/Stull Road, travel to E550/1029 Road  – this becomes a rough gravel road ending in a boat ramp.

Paddle time:  4:00ish – 6:00ish

Wear:  clothing that can get wet/damp, water shoes or old tennis shoes – NO FLIP FLOPS, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

Bring:  Water, snacks, squirt guns if it’s a warm day

Post paddle:  You may appreciate a towel post paddle.

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel or modify an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

DGA Covid – 18 Guidelines – please know that group events, even outside, can possibly increase your risk of exposure to airborne viruses. Remember social distancing and be respectful of different preferences.  When you arrive at the boat ramp, please unload your gear but stay near your own vehicle and wait for instructions. We will give you a wave or come to see you at your vehicle.

When you Check in with DGA personnel you will need to: Bring/sign a waiver if you don’t have one on file.

Launching/Getting off the Lake – We will practice social distancing while launching.  Maintain 6 feet between the back of one kayak to the front of the next.  When it’s time to get out, please be patient and allow one or two people to get off the water at a time.

Renters:  DGA will provide kayaks, paddles, and life jackets.  Consider bringing your own life jacket if you have one.  Everything we provide will be disinfected prior to your using it and when you are done using it. Bring your own food, water and everything you need to be self-sufficient.

What are you paying for? It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Sunday Afternoon – Combo Hike 4/8 SOLD OUT!

Join us to hike on Sunday April 14th! Choose your distance! 4 mile and 8 mile options are available. Check in times vary based on the distance you choose but both hikes end with time around the fire at basecamp

Detailed directions and suggestions for clothing will be emailed by April 11th. This allows us to watch the weather and monitor conditions prior to final instructions. 

When: Sunday April 14th, 2019

8 mile hikers check in at 1:00pm

8 Mile hikers will hike a section of the Perry Lake Trail. We will board the Dirty Bus by 1:30pm to hitch a ride to our start and hike back to basecamp.

4 mile hikers check in at 2:30pm

4 Mile hikers will hike a section of the Perry Lake Trail. We will board the Dirty Bus by 3:00 to hitch a ride to our start and hike back to basecamp.

Feel the fresh air, see the sights, meet new friends!  Regardless of the distance that you choose, the hike will include uneven terrain, steep inclines and declines, rocky areas, and pasture areas. Dirty Girl Adventures recommends use of hiking poles for use on uneven terrain.

Post Hike: Both groups of hikers will meet around the fire at approximately 5:30 p.m. Plan to bring dinner or a hearty snack to enjoy. You’re welcome to bring beverages of your choice for time around the fire. Sunset is at 7:55pm. 

Remember, a good hike can’t be rushed! Each group will hike at their own pace averaging anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes per mile. If you need to average a longer time, that’s OK! Each group will have a sweep hiker ensuring that no Dirty Girl, Dirty Dude or Dirty Kid is left behind!


This hike is open to Dirty Girls, Dirty Dudes and Dirty Teens!

Regular ticket $35

Club member ticket $25

Youth 10 – 18 years old: $15

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service includes a leading guide and a sweep guide during the hike. Trail support including: first aid, knowledge of the environment and locale, safety monitoring, pacing, interpretive information on the environment and location.

In case you are wondering about our refund policy – refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions