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
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Los Gatos Creek Trail, Segment Four
Part Three of three, the reservoir at last
Jonal entry 1157 | January 12 2011
video below is the record of highlights of the final leg of my hike
a week ago, a three-hour walk that took me from Roberts Road near
Vasona County Park to Lexington Reservoir by way of St. Joseph's Hill,
and back a more direct and less strenuous route.
video ended at the beginning of the descent trom the top of St. Joseph's
Hill down to Lexington Reservoir. The video becomes more interesting
as we come off the mountain near and onto Alma Bridge Road, which
is the entry road from Freeway 17 to Lexington Reservoir and the county
park it occupies. On this brilliantly sunny day (a rare one thus far
this January) the road, which crosses the reservoir's breast and follows
its shoreline up hills and down valleys on the reservoir's south side,
was abuzz with runners who appeared to be part of a high school cross-country
team, bicyclists, hikers, random individual joggers, and people enjoying
afternoon drives. Once at the intersection of the trail I had been
on and Alma Bridge Road, I learned the trail I had chosen shortly
after Forbes Mill Museum was actually Jones Trail. I also learned
that I was lucky to have made it through the often tree-shrounded
trail with high precipices above without being attacked by a wild
cat (though I did know going in that wildcats are active in these
By the time I got video of the beautiful expansive body
of water in the setting sun and found the real Los Gatos Creek Trail
again (the one I had been referring to as the "bicycle trail")
the shadows from the hills on the north side of the freeway had lengthened
such that I would not be in direct sunlight again on the more than
two miles I had to traverse, along the rural open space near the reservoir
and through most of the town of Los Gatos (but on a tree lined trail
with only occasional glimpses of houses and town life) back to my
car. The last section of trail was in total darkness when I got to
my car around 5:45 p.m.
I am not a vegetarian because I love animals;
I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.
A. Whitney Brown
Thought for today
A great many of those who "debunk" traditional
. . . values have in the background values of their own which they
believe to be immune from the debunking process.
C.S. Lewis (1909
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