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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Guadalupe River Trail Hike, 2
Jonal entry 1176 | March 21 2011
the luck of the Irish would have it, St. Patrick's Day, last Thursday,
was the only mostly sunny day all of last week in the San Francisco
Bay Area, and Friday's forecast continued, as it had been since Sunday,
to be for more rain. So with my Galway Ireland cap and my green work
shirt on, I headed back to Santa Clara to resume the hike of Guadalupe
River Trail (the "shale trail") where I left off at Trimble
Road the previous Friday.
of this three-hour hike was desolate, with very few other users of
the trail met on the way. And though I have lived about 10 miles from
this area for about 30 years and have been over it by car along the
Bayshore Freeway / US Highway 101 and Freeway 237 many times, I had
never encountered it up close before.
Last week I mentioned that San Jose's North First Street
is the biggest aggregation in the city of high technology "factories."
But although I've been along North First for several miles north of
the Sony building seen last week, I had not realized that it continues,
without a change of street name, all the way into Santa Clara and
on to the Alviso section of San Jose which provides our city its "seaport."
(We'll see when we continue this hike to its terminus in Alviso if
that designation is greatly exaggerated...at this point I have no
idea of the answer beyond some vague memory that there are some houseboats
docked at Alviso.)
Useful work phrases:
You sound reasonable . . . time to up my medication.
Thought for today
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing
in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we
were made for another world..
C.S. Lewis (1898
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