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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Nature walk: Coyote Creek Trail, part 1
Jonal entry 1181 | May 13 2011
When I was 15 or 16 years old my neighbor-friend
Joe Thompson and I hiked all the way from our homes on Redmill Road
near Belsano to Ebensburg, through the woods south of route 422. Joe
and I had walked all the way from Nanty Glo and back earlier for movies,
but Ebensburg was twice the distance, making it our longest hike ever.
I remember that the purpose of the Ebensburg trek was to interview
an officer at the State Police offices at Ebensburg for a teen column
for the Journal, which is how I know this hike was after I
turned 15. I got my driver's license when I was 16 (but months after
the birthday) and may have done some hitch-hiking after that, but
don't think I did any intentional hiking after it. I have no idea
how we got back home after interviewing the State Police, but am fairly
sure we didn't walk (I think I would remember that). I also hiked
to Vintondale more than once, following the route on the Virtual
Hike linked here. So what? Maybe all these latter-day hikesnature
walksare in memory of those.
walk last week, May 6, began in Hellyer Park, several miles southeasterly
of my home. I left the park on Coyote
Creek Trail which I have already traversed from its northern terminus
at Tully Road to Hellyer Park and have long wanted to continue out
of San Jose to its southern terminus in Morgan Hill. The trail is
one of the longest in the area, traversing more than 16 miles. As
the video shows, I was somewhat disoriented on my way out on this
walk, thinking that the San Jose City Limit is much closer to Hellyer
Park than it is. I hope to continue on this trail as I did on the
Guadalupe River Trail until I get to its end, so maybe in the next
segment I'll get outside the city limiits.
Procedural note: For anyone not familiar with how things
work here, there is no presumption that anyone should be interested
in my travelogs (travel blogs?) more than anyone else's, or that they
are somehow special or extraordinary. They are on the Home Page for
several reasons: I've run out of memories of Blacklick Valley I can
share and in the interest of having new content, I can do these; I'm
still testing the capabilities of my HTC EVO camera and this is a
way to make that more interesting, and I've recently concluded that
at least one long walk a week has benefits added to my more frequent
regular workouts. Anyone with Blacklick Valley ties (residents and
former residents) is also welcome to use the Home Page for their blogs,
no matter how personal. And always, feedback in the way of comments,
questions, and ideas is welcome.
Useful work phrases: I will always cherish the
initial misconceptions I had about you.
Thought for today
We are not necessarily doubting that God will
do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn
out to be.
C.S. Lewis (1898
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