By Hannah Kelling
Our Getaway Weekend was the gift that kept on giving. Whether we felt ready to admit it or not, each one of us participants (and maybe our guides, too?) needed a break from the onslaught of the daily grind. Mothering, schooling, moving, and bounding over the hurdles of life in a seemingly endless routine had worn each of us down to a point where we didn’t really recognize ourselves anymore. That began to change when we arrived at the Lula Lake Land Trust on Thursday evening. Like it or not, we had to let go of that routine which was both demanding and comforting, tiring and reliable. We were blown away by a wonderful set of gear and then promptly set out for destinations unknown. Arriving at the overlook where (unbelievably) we would spend our first night, the demands of the “real world” started to fall away. We had no responsibilities beyond setting up our hammocks and being present for each other. We were asked only to listen, to laugh, to reflect, and to engage mindfully with the beautiful scenery and extraordinary company we’d been gifted. One by one, little by little… We let go. We allowed ourselves to be surprised. We lost control, and found adventure.
The weekend continued in a series of grand and little surprises. An incredible salmon dinner. A couple four leaf clovers. A rafting adventure on the Ocoee. A chance to read our nomination letters. You would just catch your breath, and then it would be taken away again by another incredible gift. We told each other stories, tales which seemed to illustrate exactly why we needed to be there. Stories of challenges and survival, sacrifice and generosity, loss and discovery. I grew to really genuinely love everyone. Chelsea for her good listening and kindness, Bridget for her vivaciousness and strength, Kristen for her generosity and gentleness. And our guides and hosts… How could we ever thank you enough? How could we ever put to words how much that meant to us?
Driving back home, I didn’t THINK much. My mind wasn’t occupied with trying to plan/control my future or ruminating on the mistakes of the past. For once, I was just wrapped up in a feeling. Something like contentment, but spiced up with real joy and playfulness. The feeling that I really was the luckiest person on Earth.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Danielle Wolter Nolan
DNK Presents’ 4th Annual Women’s Adventure Giveaway
Do you know a woman who is deserving of an empowering wilderness adventure?
Outdoor adventure company DNK Presents has opened nominations for the 4th annual, Women’s Adventure Giveaway taking place in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. DNK Presents will select four women to win a free, 4-day, custom adventure. Owners, Danielle and Kate Nolan will guide the trip, taking place the weekend of May 16-19, 2019.
The four selected winners will disconnect from technology, experience a variety of new activities, and empower themselves through the great outdoors. Each winner also receives a prize package of exclusive outdoor gear from national and local sponsors. In addition, a select team of inspiring, leading women will join the adventure trip as special guest activity facilitators.
“We are so excited to be expanding the Women’s Adventure Giveaway to Chattanooga, this area has so much to offer in terms of outdoor recreation and we can’t wait to take the winners on an exhilarating life changing adventure,” says Kate Nolan.
DNK Presents is actively seeking nominations for this unique experience through February 28, 2019. A woman must be nominated on the DNK Presents’ website to be considered for the Women’s Adventure Giveaway. Nomination submission details and information about the event are available on the DNK Presents website.
If you are interested in sponsoring or involvement with the DNK Presents’ Women’s Adventure Giveaway contact Danielle@DNKPresents.com for details.
DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure experiences for individuals, groups and businesses. They focus on getting people to step outside their comfort zones, try something for the first time and in turn gain confidence through experiential learning.