Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hike Relieves Depression

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.


  1. I would only have to run across ONE pink jeep before I would leave the area -- forever.

  2. and you didn't even invite us along... we would have cheered you up :))

  3. Hi Lloyd:

    Since you posted links to some of your web sites concerning economic issues you might want to check out Barry Ritholtz (Big Picture) http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/

    Although some of his posts are too technical for me I do like his take on things.


  4. Allan, Ritholtz is another on the reading list. His book Bailout Nation was excellent. My mini review

  5. A happy life is alot like the last picture, which I think is beautiful. One must find their own flower in an arid uncaring world. Hopefully, one's chosen flower is the blooming kind.
    Sounds like you picked a great place to hike in solitude to refresh your spirit.

  6. Oh geez I just can't read those blogs. Life if hard enough.

    I say, taking a hike, and THEN hit the booze ....that really does the trick to overcome my depression!

  7. All of this economic stuff comes and goes. Life goes on, thank goodness. Your pictures and captions made me think about how just like the flowers in the desert survive on far less fruitful soil then we think they can or should, so too does the human spirit. A hike to restore and refocus the soul is an excellent choice. Brings blood to the brain and heart, and balm to the spirit. I try to live as fully as I can in the moment, because it is really all we have. And, I let all the naysayers waste time arguing among themselves.


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