Friday April 30, 2010 | 09:12 PM

We may have swapped our hiking boots for dress shoes, but we Portland Trails fans didn't leave our enthusiasm behind when we showed up for the annual Happy Trails Big Bash & Silent Auction tonight at the Portland Club.

As you can see the ballroom was absolutely packed. So was the rest of the club's first floor and the sitting room outside the second floor billiard room, where the art in the massive silent auction was on view. And boy was this silent auction huge. The party's more than 400 guests had plenty to choose from in the 300 auction items, which included fun trips, lessons and excursions among many, many other donated items. All the money raised goes to support Portland Trail's much-appreciated work to build an ever-expanding networking of trails in and around Portland.

Ethan Minton, a 98.9 WCLZ DJ and the night's emcee, told the crowd his favorite hikes are the Mackworth Island trail and the trail by Jewel Falls in the Fore River Sanctuary. Right now, my personal favorite has to be the soon-to-open Bayside Trail. Living downtown, I'm so excited for this trail since it will offer easy access to the Back Cove and the East End trails.

I ran into lots of great people at the party, including  Sarah Cushman, who heads Portland Green Streets, Heather Chandler, who is a Portland Trails trustee and the publisher of the Sunrise Guide, Barbara Gulino, who handles marketing for Whole Foods Portland, and Senator Justin Alfond and his fiancee Rachael Weinstein.

I met a number of fun folks too, including Elizabeth Ehrenfeld and David Littell, who are both past presidents of the organization.

I even met some up-and-coming talent. In the center of this photo is Dyer Rhoades, who is gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli's son. While band Big Chief took a break, he entertained the crowd with a magic act. He's pictured with Luigi Scarcelli and Kirsten Scarcelli.

Among the many familiar faces in the crowd, were four I'm particularly fond of. That would be my husband, Adam Hill, my brother-in-law Matt Hill, my sister-in-law Kelly Hill and my sister Kay-Lee Kamila. We all had a fabulous time.

Be sure to check out next weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram to see more snapshots from the party. Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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