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My brother, Clarence Matthews had his 89th birthday this past May 31st. He's my predictor of what old age is all about. As a matter of fact, his most used comment is, "This Aging Process ______! (You fill in the blank.) I'll be 77 this year.

We have traveled as families across the country since 1968 on many summer camping adventures: Jewel Cave SD, Devils Tower WY, Yellowstone Park, The Grand Tetons, Arches National Monument, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon (Hiked down in to Plateau Point), Mt. Antero Colorado (went up to the tip-top 14,276) and on and on and on, over many years.

He was responsible for giving us Western camping fever since then, with our first using a little Scotty camping trailer, then a pop-up tent camper, truck camper, Dodge Class C, and a Chevy Class C. The last three were different Class A full sized motor homes, towing a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind for even more fun in the mountains. We have had 50 years of summer fun this way and lots of adventures. Our prime motivation at first was collecting minerals and gems, but later on that turned to photographing old engines in the wild.

I could write a book, but I'll keep this short. Here are a couple of photos of Clarence...


Columbus Mine in LaPlata Canyon, West of Durango, Colorado


Engineer Pass on the Alpine Loop between Lake City and Silverton Colorado


The trail back down to Silverton from Engineer Pass


Imogene Pass between Telluride and Ouray, Colorado



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We once almost got all the way over Imogene from Telluride in a friend's jeep. He was driving and got it teetered on a rocky patch. I ended up driving back down to Telluride where he drank six beers to get rid of the shakes.

I'd still like to drive all the way through Imogene to Ouray but think that one will forever remain on my bucket list.
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I remember that patch of rocks! There was a Subaru Outback there heading to Telluride that was hung up on the rocks. It's all about ground clearance! We made it to Ouray after driving over the top of some humongous boulders. Here are the photos: https://www.smokstak.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=49
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Wow! Jewel Cave. I was there in 1963 before it "modernized". Every 4th person carried a Coleman lantern, and we hiked the dirt paths and climbed wooden ladders. The guide would call out info and it was passed back to the next few people. Also back then we went to the Painted Desert which wasn't fenced off. We spent a long time jumping in all that sand. While I understand preservation, these parks just aren't as much fun as they use to be.

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Wow, fifty years of that is truly a lifetime of memories. Still on my bucket list is hiking to the river and back to the rim in the canyon. Also hope to raft the colorado before I get too old. Camping out west is wonderful.

My late uncle always said getting old was not for sissies. He also said getting old was better than the alternative. Enjoy life every chance you get.
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Clarence, Rest in Peace. -- Harry Matthews

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My condolences go out to you and your family. I can identify with your sadness.
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Harry our condolences to you and the family it just goes to show live it while your here.
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Harry, so sorry for you loss, and my condolences to you and family. Sad day indeed but remember all the fun western adventures.
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