Ben Lomond & The Santa Cruz Mountains & Tipi Madness —
October, 1971–August, 1972
While motoring through the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco, on a beautiful September day I ventured onto a rustic cottage for rent. And so I did. I gladly pulled up stakes in San Jose and quickly became a musical mountain man. A great unveiling ensued. In my numerous encounters with spiritual cults, Eastern religions, and more importantly the Native Americans, I felt strongly compelled to live like the old Lakota Sioux. I hand sewed an 18′ tipi and read up on the Indians’ old ways as much as I could.