Jon Kennedy
Jon Kennedy

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Stanford Hills and 'the Dish'

The longest job I held in my adult working life was eleven years as a campus minister at Stanford University and an additional year part-time after my retirement from secular employment. The "world's most beautiful freeway," Interstate 280 between San Jose and San Francisco, wends through the Stanford Hills just west of the campus, through university land once owned by California Governor Leland Stanford and his wife Jane as part of "the farm." ("The farm" is still an affectionate nickname for what is now one of the most highly regarded universities in the United States, always contending for that rank with Harvard.) And from I-280, the landmark of the campus is "the Dish," a huge radio telescope intalled in the 1960s on the highest open peak in those hills. Along with the Stanford Linear Accelerator, a mile-long electronic beam acceleration laboratory also begun in the '60s, which passes under 280 nearby, these marked Stanford's entry to the highest rank in American scientific research and helped give the surrounding Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley the reputation it has long held as Silicon Valley, the area in the vanguard of American technology.

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On January 13 my friend Carl Essex, an avid hiker, and I met on a drizzly misty afternoon at a parking area on Alpine Road, which skirts the north side of the campus and the hills, to hike to the Dish and beyond. The weather was not amenable to good photography, as the clip above shows, but the visuals are adequate to give a hankering for more in better conditions.

I've muted the actual soundtrack which contained snippets of casual conversation rather than the running commentary I provide when I'm doing a solo video hike and replaced it with such a commentary recorded later. Both the video and the voice recording done later were made on my EVO camera phone.

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