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‘A celebration for all generations’

Dust off your walking shoes and hit the trail this weekend.

The Clear Creek Trail is celebrating National Trail Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The family friendly event will feature a variety of activities for adults and children of all ages.

“We’re making it a family day and giving the opportunity for families to do something together,” said Tex Lewis, Clear Creek Task Force co-chair.

Clear Creek Trail volunteers will host a variety of activities including a short loop walk around the estuary, a scavenger hunt for children and parents, children’s activities, bird watching, guided walks, lemonade stand, historical exhibit at the Sa’qad Interpretive Center and a “first-time trail walkers” raffle.

“The trail is a place for people to enjoy,” said Mary Best Zabinski, Clear Creek Trail volunteer. “We want to get people out there to enjoy the trail.”

Zabinski’s grandfather, Kirk Best, built the barn that still stands along the trail. The newly restored barn now serves as the Clear Creek Sa’qad Interpretive Center. For a limited time, the interpretive center is hosting a display of life in Silverdale in the early 1900s. A hay hook, chicken feeders, kitchen scene and schoolroom are included in the historical display.

Clear Creek Trail volunteers will be collecting community members’ memories of Silverdale and the Clear Creek Valley on Saturday. They will be added to the collection of historic photographs and personal stories.

“It’s (the trail) in a great place for people to come out and enjoy what’s beautiful about this area,” Zabinski said.

The Clear Creek Trail was built by volunteers in 1993. A small group of volunteers continue to maintain the trail. The Clear Creek Task Force wants to expand the group of volunteers by having organizations adopt sections of the trail.

For information about adopting part of the Clear Creek Trail, contact the Clear Creek Task Force at (360) 613-5500 or clearcreektrail@yahoo.com.

“I think (the trail) reminds us why many of us moved here,” Lewis said. “Sometimes in the hustle and bustle we forget that we can enjoy the wildlife right in our own area.”

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