We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust our sails.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Don puts it well! I've always enjoyed his music (even brought one of his CDs on my road trip this summer) and am thrilled they are playing at the party this weekend.
Tumbleweed at Valley View Hot Springs for Annual Party
From 1973 to 1990 I played in a
great big wild and crazy 5-piece country rock band called Tumbleweed. And
during that stretch of time, numerous years we played for the annual party
up at Valley View Hot Springs (photo above by John Lorenz), which is at the
north end of the San Luis Valley, basically about 10 miles east of the
village of Villa Grove, up on the lower slopes of the northern Sangre de
Cristos. Over the years since then, Tumbleweed has played a number of times
for various reunions and celebrations and such - at least enough times that
we still pretty much remember the tunes and can do a show without straining
our gray hairs too much - and it's still a whole bunch of fun! We had/have
an amazing repertoire, spanning everything from Merle Haggard to the Moody
Blues to CSNY to the Neville Brothers to who knows where, along with a
number of our own original tunes - sort of specializing in that obscure
genre "old hippie music". I get to play screaming electric
guitar, and it's a great time with brothers I still love, and love to play
with. So we're sure looking forward to this gathering.
Valley View is an incredibly special place - I've been going there since I
was about 8 years old, and I love it dearly. It was run for many years by
our friends Neil and Terry Seitz, who eventually established a land trust
organization, called the Orient Land Trust, to take over the running of the
place, and then Neil and Terry basically gave the whole place to OLT. Over
the years, Neil and Terry had renovated the old structures (from the ghost
town of Orient, thus the name), created a complete hydroelectric
system to supply electricity to the cabins, rebuilt the pools, and
basically made the place into a sustainable place that could handle the
ongoing visitor load being experienced as the word spread abut this place.
(And BTW - it's clothing optional - you do have to put up with some nekkid
humans running around.) As far as the party, if you want to come, you have
be a member of OLT. It's a great place, and a great organization
to support. I've always felt that Valley View is the most overtly healing
place I have ever been, but I think it might be a little wild and crazy for
that this weekend! Although healing comes in many forms, certainly!