Imagine yourself hiking, running, or cycling on a brand new trail in the area. Maybe it’s the morning after a cleansing rain, and your thoughts are with the sweet, fresh smell of the air as you breathe it deep, rhythmically, striving forward, your mind and body merging. Or you may think of the trees and plants and natural life around you, how incredible it feels to observe its beauty, and you may contemplate its sustainability, the future of the planet. A thousand different things may be serving as railroad cars in your train of thought. But eventually, you’ll think of the trail itself, the significance of the fact that it was built, and what it takes to maintain it. And, naturally, you’ll want to help.
Well, Saturday, June 3 is National Trails Day, a coordinated event consisting of smaller events held in all 50 states, and your chance to do your part for muscle-powered trail sports in general comes at Portland Trails’ Public Trail Work Day, to be held at Fore River Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. RSVP at http://trails.org/calendar/national-trails-day-public-trail-work-day/ for details. You’ll be doing physical work in a natural area, so it’s recommended that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water. Portland Trails will provide work gloves and hand tools and materials. Many hands make short work, and many minds make for a great time and a productive, memorable day.
On the other hand, if you want to take the day off and observe National Trails Day as a holiday, head over to the celebration at the Town & Country Center & Eastern Trail (32 Little Dolphin Dr, Scarborough) on Saturday at noon. This is a fun family event with food trucks, games, prizes, and a chance to educate yourself by chatting with vendors including The Eastern Trail Allance, Fleet Feet Sports, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Gorham Bike and Ski, about how they and their clients use the Eastern Trail and what it means in the larger scheme. Best of all, there will be a shuttle to and from the Portland Farms Road trailhead, where you can get some recreation and exploring in. Show your spirit, and enjoy!
Town & Country event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247479579063263