Kennedy, Nanty Glo Home Page webmaster and owner,
is a former teen and campus minister. He began his journalism
career as teen columnist for the Nanty Glo Journal
and its sister weekly newspapers from 1957 to '62 and
became the Journal's third editor in 1962 at age
20. He has edited other newspapers and magazines, and
more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have
appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free
Press, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Christianity Today,
and many other publications. His Jonals appear here on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Complete index of Jon Kennedy's
Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
the Nanty Glo in My Mind'
Los Gatos Creek Trail, Segment Four
Part One, to the pavement's end
Jonal entry 1155 | January 8 2011
This week's hike was on Wednesday, in probably
the best weather of any since the beginning of this series of California
hikes in November. The walk was longer and more strenuous than any
of the others, with more points of interest and picturesque views
and by far the best test yet of the HTC EVO phone-camera. I took 65
video clips over three hours and they have been edited into three
parts of approximately 14 minutes each (to meet the requirement of
YouTube that no posted video be over 15 minutes). The hike was delayed
a week because of my visit to Willows in Christmas week, and the page
posting was delayed by two computer crashes.
first part of the fourth segment of Los Gatos Creek Trail, or the
fourth hike on that trail, begins just west of Vasona Lake County
Park on Roberts Road, where last week's hike ended, and continues
through the length of the town of Los Gatos. Just after the trail,
which has been partly concrete, partly boardwalk, and mostly asphalt
thus far, crosses Freeway 17 and leads into the parking lot of a small
museum, Forbes Mill Museum, which commemorates the founder of Forbes
Mill which eventually became Los Gatos. After the parking lot, the
trail becomes dirt, and a few yards after that it divides into a right
branch that is open to bicycles and a left branch, on which bikes
are prohibited. That's where this part of the hike concludes.
A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren
to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past... Sitting in
the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.
The children started discussing the dog's duties.
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child. "No," said another.
"He's just for good luck."
A third child brought the argument to a close."They
use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
Thought for today
The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play:
our instincts are merely the keys....
C.S. Lewis (1909
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