Thursday, March 25, 2010

GoGirl Story 26: Genia and the Outdoors


The GoGirls are very excited to continue to sharing our GoGirl Story Series.  We are calling for all you lovely ladies to share your GoGirl stories with us: times when you needed us, thought of us, or used us.  Email us at info@go-girl.com to participate.  We will post a new story each week or so and the person submitting will get a free GoGirl for sharing.

Enjoy Genia's GoGirl Story:

For decades I have experienced envy whenever activities place me far away from conventional bathroom facilities, of the guys have no trouble answering nature's call; No tree to hide behind, no problem; No rock to squat behind, no problem; No shore nearby, no problem. A guy can simply turn his back and proceed to take care of business. Unfortunately, for us females, answering nature's call is not as simple. It can involve baring our bums to the cold, mosquitoes, poison ivy, curious eyes, and more.

Being the lone female in the group I hike/kayak/camp with, I am on my own to locate a suitable spot that provides at least a minimum amount of privacy. After locating a spot I am still faced with trying to balance myself while doing at least three things at once...maintaining a squat position (not infrequently on unlevel ground), holding my clothes out of the way, and trying to aim properly to avoid splash back onto shoes and socks -- trying to do all of this in the middle of the night is especially challenging!

On my last backpack trip as I headed across some rocks to answer nature's call during the night, the light from my headlamp revealed that I was not alone! There was a scorpion! I sure didn't feel like squatting in that vicinity. Inevitably there is some wet stuff that gets on me, my clothes, and shoes and socks. All the things I love to do (backpacking, cross-country skiing, climbing, kayaking, motorcycling remote back roads) come with the problem of answering nature's call.

One of my recent experiences was on a kayak trip. The leader pulled up to the shoreline to make adjustments on one of the kayaks. I figured that this would be my only opportunity that afternoon to be on dry land so I hopped out of my kayak to find a place to relieve myself. Not a tree or rock in sight, just level grassland as far as one could see. I announced to the group that I intended to answer nature's call and then requested that everyone turn to enjoy the water view until I returned from a short walk away from the group. One must be bold in this type of situation. I chose to face the group (with their backs to me) and have my exposed bum facing the other way. I felt slightly less exposed that way. After returning to the group I asked about a wood lean-to type of structure that I had noticed in the distance. One of the guys said, "Oh, that's probably a duck blind" What?! I immediately imagined a groups of guys with binoculars finding not birds, but some clueless lady unintentionally "mooning" them. What a laugh and a story that would provide them!

Over the years I have seen various FUD products introduced to the market. The first one I found was La Funnelle made of paper. It was a disposable product and did not have a designed extension that would have made it easier to pee away from where one is standing. That product had a learning curve before one could successfully aim the stream far enough away. Also, the throwaway nature of the product made it impractical for long backpacks because of the amount of extra trash one would accumulate after two or three weeks, which all has to be carried out. Later products entering the market were paper/cardboard or hard plastic, which had drawbacks. But now there is the GoGirl which combines good design with appropriate material. The silicone material makes it fit better to eliminate leaks and foldable for easier storage. I can see that I will have no trouble carrying GoGirl in the outer pocket of my daypack or backpack, or even in my rain jacket pocket. Hurray for GoGirl!


Hurray for you Genia, a GoGirl and GoGirl T-Shirt is findings its way to you now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

GoGirl Story 25: Sherry and her Bad Knee


The Go Girls are very excited to continue to sharing our GoGirl Story Series.  We are calling for all you lovely ladies to share your GoGirl stories with us: times when you needed us, thought of us, or used us.  Email us at info@go-girl.com to participate.  We will post a new story each week or so and the person submitting will get a free GoGirl for sharing.

Our featured blogger this week is Sherry of Newark, Ohio. Sherry manages a blog called Diva B Dogs that focuses in dog grooming, breeding, training supplies, puppies and more. To visit Diva B Dogs go to http://www.divab-dogs.com/

Enjoy Sherry's GoGirl Story:

I received my GoGirl last week and just love it. I'm 41 years old and have had many knee surgeries, so my squatting days are over do to the simple fact that I can't get back up real comfortably. The first couple of times I used it outside, at night, at our vacation cottage. No problems at all, not even the first time. When traveling for dog shows I always used to hate having to use some of the rest stop toilets, so I'm excited about training my brain to be okay with standing and releasing in the toilet. I'm still working on it but I DID use it at a port-a-pot yesterday and thank God I had my GoGirl because the port-a-pot was quite nasty! I am so excited about the possibilities of GoGirl for camping and kayaking, which we do a lot of. Now I won't have to worry, or choose not go on a trip because of my knees and concerns about the bathroom issue. I can now enjoy these trips with my family and not be left behind! Thank you GoGirl! -Sherry Bartzen

Thank you so much for your kind words Sherry.  A GoGirl and GoGirl T-Shirt will be in the mail for you soon.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

GoGirl Story 24: Gaelyn and South Africa

The GoGirls are very excited to continue to sharing our GoGirl Story Series.  We are calling for all you lovely ladies to share your GoGirl stories with us: times when you needed us, thought of us, or used us.  Email us at info@go-girl.com to participate.  We will post a new story each week or so and the person submitting will get a free GoGirl for sharing.

Enjoy Gaelyn's GoGirl Story:

I cant squat without peeing on my feet and have wanted one of these for years. So I finally ordered it. IT is a Female Urination Device (FUD), which comes in either pink or camouflage brown stored in a re-usable tube. No prejudice here.

This handy little GoGirl beauty is made from flexible medical grade silicone and is rinseable and reusable. I dont want to be a Man but have always envied their ability to pee almost anywhere without having to expose their entire lower half. I quite frequently hike wearing a mid-calf length skirt and often find myself with nowhere to hide. When traveling Ive seen too many icky, dirty toilets, sometimes with no seat, to crouch over while my legs cramp. And Ive made a few emergency side-of-the-road stops trying to hide in a ditch or hang cheeks over a fallen log. But no more. Because lifes greatest adventure shouldnt be finding a bathroom says GoGirl, and I agree.

This handy little FUD will be going with me to South Africa for the month of March. I can see where it may come in handy while on safari at Kruger National Park, hiking in the Drakenberg Mountains or anywhere out in the bush veldt.

Thanks for sharing your story Gaelyn! A GoGirl and GoGirl T-shirt are on its way to you now.

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