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Women brave the outdoors at workshop

TOMAHAWK (WAOW) - Women from across the nation came to Lincoln County enjoy a getaway weekend.

At the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman or BOW workshop in Tomahawk, the ladies got to learn a variety of skills.

For Kelly Troche, it was her first time ever driving a snowmobile.

"I can't even explain the thrill and I couldn't get the smile off my face," said Troche.

Over the weekend, women of all ages got to learn a variety of outdoor activities from dogsledding to archery.

"These are experiences I would never get to do," said Troche. "You just don't make that time for yourself, as a mom, as a woman, with your career."

Organizers say the event attracted about 80 women from seven different states.

"There are a lot of winter activities that we can't participate in in Illinois, so we thought it would be a nice adventure," said Jodi Simmons, a participant.

Not even icy roads or the bitter cold kept them away.

"We had a little bit of a rocky start at the beginning because of bad weather on Friday, but everyone came enthusiastic and jumped right in," said Peggy Farrell, the director of BOW.

Farrell says she enjoys seeing the learning process.

"They might be a little hesitant at first, but through the patient coaching of the instructors they find success right away," said Farrell.

This was the 16th annual winter BOW workshop. BOW workshops are held all throughout the country.

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