Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to take out a great group of people to Morgan Monroe State Forest for our first adventure of the year. This was our beginner backpack trip where we shared our knowledge and helpful tips to get them out in the backcountry on their own. We went over topo maps, trail blazes, picked an amazing site along the Tecumseh Trail where we set up camp, filtered water from the neighboring stream, made fire, cooked, hung our food and even dug cat holes. We were fortunate enough to see tons of beautiful wild flowers such as shooting stars, jack in the pulpit, trout lilly and dutchman’s breeches. We had a clear night to sit by the fire under the pines and gaze at the stars and Jupiter shining bright. We were also visited by the local Great Horned owls and coyotes. They put on a wonderful performance of howling and hooting.
If you are ready to take your next adventure with your group, family, by yourself or with your company please let us know what excursion you would be interested in.
See what a member of our group spoke about our adventure below.
“Our family of 4 are seasoned campers but novice backpackers. We all agreed that our time with Danielle and Kate was educational but more importantly, FUN! No pressure, our pace and our guides were like hanging out with old friends. We’ll definitely recommend Danielle and Kate to anyone interested in outdoor adventure or to a family or couple who just want some together time outdoors. We had a great backpacking weekend!!” Heidi – Indianapolis, IN
Check out these photos from our adventure!
Red River Gorge Adventure!
We had an adventure planned for ourselves and our friends this past weekend. It was pretty epic to say the least. We left Friday evening and met our friends in the rain/half flooded campground at Miguel’s restaurant campground in the Red River Gorge. Were we upset about the rain, cold, floodedness of the camp? Heck no! Why? Because we were excited to be in a new place spending the weekend with our friends, and when you wake up in the morning to this, what could ruin you day?!
If you haven’t been or don’t know about the Red River Gorge or “The Red” as they call it, you should definitely plan your next trip. Most of the Red is located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest in Eastern Kentucky and makes up about 29,000 acres on mostly private property. The Red has been designated as a National Natural Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It truly is a magical place, but we find most places in the wild have this essence.
We woke up Saturday morning and had a delicious breakfast at Miguel’s, sharing the french toast and the tofu scramble wrap (we try to mix up the healthy and sweets). We packed up and headed for Muir Valley.
We were lucky to catch the tail end of the ceremony they were conducting. That day, April 4th the former property owners, the Weber family gave their property rights to the “Friends of Muir Valley” Foundation. More information can be found by visiting their website here.
Since our group had about 10 people in it we decided to divide and conquer so we could get the most “rock time” as possible. Some of us headed to Land Before Time Wall and some of us to Practice Wall first. For some some of us it was our first time climbing outdoors and let me tell you it was very different! The first time actually being on a real rock with no tape or arrows telling you where to go or what to do next, and then looking down – not onto a sound padded floor but a hard rocky earth was a little intimidating to say the least. Once I got over that initial shock it was truly an amazing experience.
The whole climbing up the wall not being scary did get easier, physically climbing the rock actually did not though. We realized that the rest of the day and the following day when we decided to go to Johnny’s Wall and Tectonic Wall the climbs we did were much harder than anything we had ever done in a gym before. But that didn’t stop us, we pushed ourselves to the limit. I realized that this weekend I changed myself because I and my friends challenged ourselves. If you want to create change in your life whether it’s a job, a goal, or you are feeling stuck you must try new things and take chances because opportunities will pass you by. You may forget buying material things, meeting your friends out for drinks, etc. I know I will never forget this experience we had this weekend. It challenged us and changed us for the better. We will not succeed in life if we do not do things outside our comfort levels.
Until next time Red River Gorge, we will see you soon!
What is your challenge? When is the last time you did something for the first time? Take an adventure with us and find out! If we don’t have an adventure that you can attend, contact us and tell us what adventure you want to experience. Start your challenge today and really start living! Your life can be your greatest adventure!
Hello adventure seekers! Calling all students: IUPUI, Indiana University, Purdue, University of Indianapolis, Butler University, etc.
This could be you!
Are you looking for a cool, fun side project to work on this summer? Read below for detailed information regarding this position! Your summer could be filled with adventures with us!
Freelance/ Contract, Internship/Co-op,
Advertising, Database Management, Entertainment/ Recreation, Event Planning/ Promotions, Exercise Science/ Fitness, Graphic Design/ Creative Services, Health & Wellness/ Healthcare, Hospitality/ Tourism, Journalism/ Writing/ Editing , Marketing/ Brand Management, Media
Number of Openings:
Take as many adventures with us during the time of your internship for free!
We are looking for a marketing manager for our summer internship at DNK Presents. If you have a love for outdoor adventures, are a skilled writer, and tech savvy this is the position for you! This would be an offsite position but we would have meetings together every 2 weeks and communicating through email and phone. This position would be about a 10-15 hours per week.
DNK Presents is an organization that provides adventure retreats for individuals and small businesses for team building. We want to get those back outside to explore nature, build confidence, and to rejuvenate themselves.
We are looking for a person that loves the outdoors, and wants to manage most of our social media platforms for the summer, doing some minor work updating our website, write 1-3 short articles per week – this person would be researching adventure trips, positives of being outside, why nature is stimulating, meditation, etc. and writing articles for our blog based on those example items. Also opportunity (if their schedule allows) of this person going on adventures with us (during the time of the internship), taking photos, and interviewing the adventure participants.
Some of our adventures include, beginner backpacking trip, hiking, kayaking, trail running, camping, rock climbing, outdoor yoga, mountain biking, road biking, etc.
Since we are a brand new company right now we can not offer a paid internship but we will give this individual free adventures with us at the end of the summer internship! This internship will also give this individual exceptional training skills needed for the work force. Please visit our website to learn more www.dnkpresents.com
Knowledge base of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, research and development, quality writing skills, basic social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Hootsuite
These below are not required but would be nice!
Some working knowledge of Adobe Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier – or iMovie for videos
Some working knowledge of WordPress (this is our website back end)
Want more info. or to submit your resume email Danielle@dnkpresents.com
Danielle & Kate
What are you waiting for? Your next adventure is waiting! We want to take you on a trip you won’t forget. After this trip you will learn about wilderness survival, how to cook in the back country, map your course and some other really great tips for finishing a thru hike. You will also be able to confidently be able to take a trip on your own! Our goal is get people back outside enjoying what has been given to us freely.
We still have spots open for our first adventure of the year in Morgan Monroe State Forest near Martinsville, Indiana. If you are interested in this trip see our registration page to sign up today!
Taking the first step is always the hardest but it’s always the best.
See you soon!
Danielle & Kate
Did you get a chance to see our How to Pack your Backpack Video! Join us for our April Beginner Backpack trip. We have 2 kayak trips coming up in May on Lake Monroe! Have an adventure in mind that you want to do for you, your family or small business? Let us know about it, we would love to take you on your next adventure!
Danielle & Kate
We are developing an Intro to Backpacking Series that will include videos of Backpacking information! Our first video is How to Pack your Backpack – a selection of the video is attached below. Check out our short snip-its videos of our helpful tips out on the trail! Our Intro to Backpacking Series will give you everything you need to know for your first backpack trip adventure! Stay wild and join us for our Beginner Backpack trip for the Ladies, April 11-12 in Morgan Monroe State Forest. Message us about private trips and small business retreats for team building!
Ok so we’ve made our first of many fun videos for you guys! Please check it out to see what our new biz is all about! Also if you are feeling like you need to get active and do something fun on this September hump day sign up for our first event -> The Blood Moon Run – a nighttime 5k race taking place at Burdette park in Evansville, Indiana on Oct. 4th! It’s going to be great fun, we’ll have visitors from The Olde Courthouse Catacombs and the House of Lecter and some booze from Carson’s Brewery!
But first check out the video and have an awesome day! 😉