Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I'm Ken Smith, I'm the "Dad" in this image, and I remember Russ so vividly from our time in Palo Alto, that I recently googled him, and was saddened to find a 'remembering Russ' blog, but thrilled by the life he lived. I have to tell you, he was Russell Towle even at age 9-10. A lot of credit should go to Russ's Dad. I remember one trip Russ, his Dad and I went on down to Needles National Monument to go spelunking. Pretty big adventure for a 10 year old. Another thing Russ and I did, along with Jack Burns (pictured), is we hiked up Palo Alto's paved creek beds until they became concrete conduits, and kept going, for a whole day, and we came up through a conduit miles from home and didn't recognize where we were. We had to call one of our Moms. I don't remember who, but I bet it was Russ's because his family would have understood. Reply to ken@ideasmith.com .

3 comments:

Janet said...

Haha, what a great picture! Thanks for sharing your memories.

Shellie said...

I loved reading this! Thank you! I'm the little sister, a baby when you guys were 10. So nice of you to take the time to share.

marley said...

kenny my grampa had his 10th birthday the same turn of the river as gregs 17th in1893 i met russell in 1980 gold mining with my uncle he was 79 i hiked from the bridge north fork of the north fork to aburn hwy 49 it was good to see the pictures