Jon Kennedy
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Nature walk: Coyote Creek Trail, part 1

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 hikes—nature walks—are in memory of those.

My 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.

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The map shows the trail taken on May 6.

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.

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