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Orient Land Trust -- Neil Seitz died.
« on: November 25, 2021, 09:14:08 PM »
The first officially Clothing Optional campground I visited was Valley View Hot Springs in Colorado, USA.   It was run by Neil and Terry Seitz.  Most of the accommodations at Valley View Hot Spring were personally constructed by Neil.  He and Terry took over an area of falling down shacks and occasional hippy campers in 1978.   http://www.olt.org



The whole Valley View property was dedicated as a Naturist Clothing Optional area, and members of The Naturist Society got discounts. Neil and Terry were adamant about clothing optional.  Sometimes I would hang out naked in their visitor center and use the computer to check my e-mail.  Often I would arrive at the gate naked having driven naked from New Mexico.  They didn't require people to be naked, but clothing was never required at the front office or anywhere.

Over the years Neil repaired the shacks, built a toilet and community building, fixed up the swimming pool, installed a hydro-electric system, upgraded the natural hot springs, built residences, added a new restroom and sauna building, etc. etc.   There were years when I was the only naked person wandering around the campground, but most of the visitors went naked in the hot springs.  Last time I visited there were a lot of naked people wandering about. 

From Valley View Hot Springs I have hiked about 10 miles naked to the top of Cottonwood Peak, about 13,600 feet high.  Often I walked a mile or so to the Orient Mine.  A nice naked walk along the old railroad grade.  The hot spring was used by miners in the 19th century.  The campground is about 8,000 feet elevation. 

Over the years Neil and Terry bought the adjacent Orient Mine property, and then deeded the whole thing to a perpetual nature preserve called Orient Land Trust (OLT).  More recently the OLT bought the old Everson ranch on the adjacent valley floor, again expanding deeded OLT land. 

Last time I was there I met Jbee and wife who also were there at the same time. 

Today I got the sad news that Neil Seitz has died of an extended illness.   He was only 67 years old, almost 10 years younger than me.   

Don't know how many readers other than Jbee and Myself have ever been to OLT.  I will miss Neil. 

https://www.olt.org/news/item/641-neil-seitz-founder?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=sg   

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Re: Orient Land Trust -- Neil Seitz died.
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2021, 07:44:57 AM »
Iím am so sorry to hear that. Very sad news and a loss to yourself, Valley View and everyone who knew him and benefited tremendously from his passion, commitment and hard work over the years.

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Re: Orient Land Trust -- Neil Seitz died.
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2021, 06:45:34 AM »
Life well lived. Thanks Neal.
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