There are several internet sites where there are almost daily postings about the upcoming economic collapse. They are not read every day, but occasionally I scan the recent posts. (Just a few of those sites: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/ and http://www.mybudget360.com/ and http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html) All blame the cozy relationship between government, the Federal Reserve, big banks and the multi-national corporations.
Add to those occasional reads are sites writing about the downward slope of oil availability and how we might want to prepare. (Two of those: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/ and http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/)
After reading that, an escape is required. Booze and drugs would work. However, that is not good for health. Nor is that a good idea early in the morning. So I headed off on a hike. Nothing like a hike (any exercise) to calm a troubled mind.
There are lots of choices for hiking in the Sedona Red Rocks Country. Most are heavily used. The trail chosen did not have a single hiker. Or a bike rider. Nor were there any pink Jeeps. The trail didn't have the expansive views or lots of bare rock. No reason for the tourist to be on this trail. Or near it.
It is a fragile world as flora specimens struggle in this arid and powdery terrain.
Probably a fungi on the soil surface that surrounds the base of this very short stem.
Then there was this specimen which may have been less than three inches across.
The hike worked. Felt much better. Then there was the nap upon my return home. Life is great.