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
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Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
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Los Gatos Creek Trail, Segment Four
Part Two, St. Joseph's Hill
Jonal entry 1156 | January 11 2011
first part of this three-hour hike, published
Saturday, left off with a choice to take the bicycles-prohibited
"high road" just west of Forbes Mill Museum to go the rest
of the way to Lexington Reservoir. I looked ahead as best I could
and figured the left or southern "high" parh would be only
a bit more challenging and longer than the apparently easier right
path. Though I said as I began the narrower path that I could always
turn back if it turned out to be too challenging, my stubborn determination
won over my lazy good sense and I soon found myself scaling St. Joseph's
Hill, a 1,250-foot mountain which, from the clearing at the top, offers
spectacular views back to Silicon Valley and beyond to Lexington Reservoir.
Being a bright sunny January day, the views to the county reservoir,
and the video, were brilliant.
incorrectly guessed that the left path would parallel the Los Gatos
Creek on the left or south side as the right pathwider, straighter,
and with less increase in elevationparallels it on the right.
For the first 100 yards or so, that was the case, with the path squeezed
between the bottom of a steep hill or small mountain and the creek.
But then the dirt path, occasionally pocked with mud pubbles, veered
to a sharper left angle, to ascend the mountain, and then began to
traverse a series of switchbacks to lessen the degree of the ascent.
Finally atop the hill I came out on a field with great views across
the canyon (with the freeway, the creek, and both trail paths at the
bottom) to houses percehed on the opposite hillside. I subsequently
learned this was St. Joseph's Hill, now a public open space. I continued
west past a high-tension electrical line, some of the wires of which
actually dipped into the canyon below my current elevation.
Next: the reservoir and making the way back as afternoon
turns to night.
Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt.
Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put
it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents.
Thought for today
Only those who try to resist temptation know how
strong it is. . . A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes
simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That
is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They
have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.
C.S. Lewis (1909
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