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!

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND – Ticket Sales END April 10th

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

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!

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!