It’s hard to know what got into Panama Jimmy. Maybe it was the high altitude, the desert sun or the tequila and drugs, listening to the doors for too long, or maybe it was the vortex Jimmy had been inexplicably drawn into. I suspect it was all of them converging at the top of a magnificent vortex.
They say the vortexes around Sedona, Arizona draw in or expel energy and produce different human effects. I’m not sure what affect the vortex had on Jimmy. But it was not serenity.
Jimmy found the vortex when he took a morning hike behind the bar were we had camped the night before. Like Richard Dryfus in the movie Close Encounters of the Third kind, Jimmy was compelled to hike up to the top. We found out later that this exact spot was the only recognized vortex within a ten mile range.
The area surrounding this vortex had once been the Pacific Ocean. And the long canyon ridge running along the North East edge of the Sedona area had been the shoreline before the Pacific Ocean drained away to California. It was one very beautiful ocean bottom.