Intro to Kayaking on Land

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Denise and Jennifer will share their experience and knowledge about kayaking and answer specific questions or concerns that you may have.  We will stay on dry land for this class and we will familiarize you with the basics of kayaking, the different types/brands/styles of kayaks and kayaking gear. We will include discussion of care and maintenance, transportation and storage of gear.  You will have the opportunity to see, touch and lift various kayaks.

This class would be good for you if you have never kayaked, if you have beginner level experience or if you are in the market for a kayak of your own.

This class is limited to 8 people which will easily enable social distancing practices. We will allow you to touch the kayaks and equipment and will provide sanitation supplies and procedures for this process. We maintain a high level of vigilance regarding your safety during adventures and now we are applying that same vigilance to your safety within our store.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or
other dangerous conditions.

Intro to Kayaking on Land!

Denise and Jennifer will share their experience and knowledge about kayaking and answer specific questions or concerns that you may have.  We will stay on dry land for this class and we will familiarize you with the basics of kayaking, the different types/brands/styles of kayaks and kayaking gear. We will include discussion of care and maintenance, transportation and storage of gear.  You will have the opportunity to see, touch and lift various kayaks.

This class would be good for you if you have never kayaked, if you have beginner level experience or if you are in the market for a kayak of your own.

This class is limited to 8 people which will easily enable social distancing practices. We will allow you to touch the kayaks and equipment and will provide sanitation supplies and procedures for this process. We maintain a high level of vigilance regarding your safety during adventures and now we are applying that same vigilance to your safety within our store.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or
other dangerous conditions.

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Melissa Frederick

This week’s story is over Melissa Frederick and how she learned to live her life with no restrictions through Dirty Girl Adventures.

Melissa Frederick is jumping into her 4th season as a Dirty Girl. Her childhood consisted of playing outside in the country and camping with her family. “I’ve always loved the outdoors but due to the ebbs and flows of life, it wasn’t always able to be a priority,” Melissa said. Happily, in 2004, her husband and kids decided to start RV camping so she was finally able to get back outside. 

Then, in the summer of 2014, she moved to McLouth, KS, where she met Denise’s husband Marucs, who was the police chief at that time. He told Melissa about Denise’s “outdoor business” and introduced the two. She was definitely interested, but didn’t want to make any commitments because they were still figuring out what post-army life was going to look like. In 2016, a friend of Melissa’s invited her on the Eagle Hike, and she said the rest was history. 

Unfortunately, due to Melissa’s size at the time, it wasn’t easy or enjoyable for her. She had heard about backpacking through DGA but knew she could barely carry herself a few miles, let alone a 30-40 pound pack over multiple days. Yet again, there was another outdoor activity she felt she couldn’t do due to her weight. Going on DGA events made Melissa realize that she was very restricted by her size.

 “At 5’7″ and 271 lbs, I was only able to hike 4-5 miles comfortably, and always at the back of the pack. I fell in and out of my kayak instead of getting in and out; everything was an effort.”

So, in 2017, she decided to have weight loss surgery. Dirty Girl Adventures played a significant role in her decision to have the procedure. She got tired of struggling to do the things she loved.

“My Dirty Girl tribe has been incredibly supportive and I love and appreciate them so very much for that. Being back out in nature on a more regular basis, and with a great group of ladies, made me realize   how much I loved being out there. Unfortunately, due to my size, it wasn’t easy or as enjoyable as I knew it could be. Combined with gaining about 15-20 lbs per year and wondering if the scale would stop, I knew I had to do something. Since I hit my goal weight last August, my motto has been Live Life With No Restrictions.”

Nowadays, Melissa participates in all of the Dirty Girl events. She says her favorite memory was in the summer of 2017, kayaking down the Delaware river. About half way through the kayaking trip, a huge storm started rolling in and the ladies had no choice but to paddle faster. 

“Looking over my shoulder at the looming black clouds, trying to outrun the gathering storm, and having to tow my daughter who has a bad shoulder made for quite an interesting paddle.”

Her favorite non-Dirty Girl event was hiking the Grand Canyon. “We were blessed with 4 amazing, knowledgeable guides who were so kind and helpful. The non-Dirty Girl members of our tour group were lovely and it was great getting to know them. We had such a great time experiencing and learning about the Canyon in a way that most people don’t. I had such a wonderful time that I’m hoping to take my family on a 7 day trip in 2022,” said Melissa. In the future, she has aspirations to hike in lots of different places such as Southern Bavaria, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and sections of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. 

It is through Dirty Girl Adventures that Melissa decided to live her life with no restrictions, and she has done just that! 


First Float a Fabulous Time!

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Well, the official First Float of Dirty Girl Adventures went off without a hitch!  All 45 Dirty Paddlers had a great time on the Kaw!  After all the rain, the Kansas River was back to normal just in time for the First Float!  Although the put in spot at Rising Sun River Access was a little extra muddy …

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Once we were on the water we were mud free and happy!  We paddled, floated and socialized along the river.  It was a great day for getting to know new friends!

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We stopped to check out the sandbars along the way, found a few fossils and had some good conversation!  Much sunscreen was used by most!  Others will use more next time!

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Kayaking the Kansas River is a relaxing adventure.  It is the opportunity to fall in love with the gorgeous scenery, the feel of the breeze on your skin and the slight burn of your muscles as you paddle into the wind.  It is also a time for fun and play with friends. 

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Thanks to all who came out!  It was a gorgeous day on the river!  Looking forward to many more small group river runs this summer as well as the July large group adventure HOT TIMES!  On July 27th, 2014 we will go from the Seward Street Boat Ramp in Topeka to Lecompton to see another section of the Might Kaw!  Check your calendars and look for registration to open soon!