LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT
Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Climbing 'very junior' Weaver's Needle (also known as baby-steps).
'WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HIKE ABOUT?'
Hike-about is an adventure that commenced June 2010. After storing our household movables, ridding ourselves of a house but retaining our 'home' together, we set off with the purpose of hiking in different parts of the world, not forgetting the home country, the USA.
Our primary focus is hiking to mountain peaks but any challenging hike will do just fine. Extended stays enable us to enjoy and experience living in various places amongst differing cultures. Hike-about has evolved into a way of life. It's also a process of discovery, both the world and ourselves.
We work and live 'on the road' but return to the city in which our grandchildren reside, every couple of months. This provides us the wonderful opportunity to be with them as well as a child or two, even three and of course, friends.
By December 2019, the blog contained over 1,100 hikes, each a set of pictures with stories and anecdotes from the trails. An index to the right allows the viewer to identify earlier experiences.
Finally, we are often asked about the journey's end. Our reply, as accurate as we can state, is: "When we are either forced to cease through health issues or the enjoyment level no longer reaches our aspirations, we will hang up the boots."
Whereas we continue to update the blog regularly, we no longer circulate email notifications each time, VIP's excepted and special occasions.
Friday, April 3, 2020
45.06 Arizona: Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake: The link between Highways 87 and 188, up and over glorious mountains.
'She'll be coming over the mountain when...
Mind where you place your feet. A diamond is not always a best friend.
...and down on the other side.
We found this hike and undertook it in two parts and on consecutive days. It was a steep ascent along a decent road that is light on vehicle traffic and without pedestrians: read hikers. The combined distance and elevation gain amounted to 18 miles and a little less than 6,000 feet respectively. Truth be told, we have enormous respect for both the region and the challenges. We have spent more than two weeks in this great state thus far with more to come. Arizona is a place we visit often and yet every area we've hiked has been new to us. Hardly surprising as America does not make small states. We have focused on the Tonto National Forest which encompasses the Sonoran desert, a region in which one might run out of superlatives before water. One of the striking features of the landscape, and only one, are the cacti. They are stately, dignified and seem to bring those qualities to the land they inhabit. Jenni thinks of the saguaros in a somewhat different manner from formal thinking. When she sees a small one or one with just two arms, she considers it a single family member while those with multiple 'limbs', she tends to see as a family. 'Hey! Whatever works.'
We believe that the cactus family, while dangerous, extremely should one get too close, lends great beauty and dignity to the landscape. We remember the words of Stuart Laiken some years ago when he warned us to keep our distance--not from him, I think--but from these plants. He joked or maybe not, that they tend to shoot their needles into a person should you get too close. I've never forgotten Stuart's words, and in general, they have always been filled with wisdom.
and that'll be a view, one of many.
A view of Roosevelt Lake from a high point.
Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake, another treasure.
Another day of sweat and beauty, a great combination, perhaps the best.
The tower with about 3 miles to go and much elevation ahead.
Beyond the destination, looking back.
It's going to be difficult to leave this region.
Jenni and Jeffrey
When we were younger and very 'clever', we would not have thought much of this. Now that we are much older and far less smart, we see the beauty in the image above Roosevelt Lake. One can only hope we continue to 'deteriorate'.
Captivated by the Sonoran Desert.
We went out in the late afternoon to capture a sunset, high above the lake.
One of my favorites as Jenni trudges up a sharp ascent with the striking colors, and combination of both natural and man-made structures behind.
The sun still too high but not bad at all.
On our return, heading north and delighted at the view.
Delightful late afternoon setting.
Blue water, happy hearts.
A last fling from the sun illustrates the danger of a misstep.
Subtle changes as the day ages.
Blue waters, steep climb as Jenni makes her way up.
Just a delightful place.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Monday, March 30, 2020
This is a trail, at least the first two-thirds of it that is a nice challenge and at all times, filled with nature's offerings—beautiful, of course. It keeps one on the toes but at the same time, is awe inspiring and a reminder of how fortunate one can be should one decide to immerse oneself in the wilderness. In addition, during this awkward period as we take cover from the virus, the trail was almost without fellow hikers.
As we rested at the turnaround point, a lone hiker came tearing down the trail, arms moving his poles feverishly. Evan Walsh hails from Buffalo, New York. He's a young man of 27 who is halfway across Arizona on the trail of the same name. What a pleasure to meet this fellow of free spirit, enormous energy and a splendid outlook. It seems he learned what we have, only 25 years earlier than we did. Fortunate man. I wished to hug him or at least shake his hand but that's off the cards these days.
Finally, the only other persons we came across was when we were closer to the trailhead of this 9 mile hike. A couple, both on second marriages, with three children each added to the 'pot', waited for us to pass so as to avoid physical contact. Initially, it was difficult to fathom when they mentioned they'd only married a mere 3 years before. They looked sort of youngish but not the '3-year married young'. When they mentioned it was a second marriage without kids from the latest partnership, it all fell into place. Even I understood. She being from Brooklyn, he from Phoenix, made for an unusual combination. Perhaps, a 'cowboy and a kugel' might explain it aptly. It did not take long to realize how much she loved him: Her children are married; his are teenagers living at home.
We have been spoiled with the array of cacti on show and have also avoided their dangerous needles...thus far.
Color on the slopes, always a treat for the eyes and other senses. Roosevelt Lake behind.
Reaching this point after a stiff climb, gave us a taste of Heaven; Apache lake at rear.
We walked the trail in awe and out of breath, looking down on the lake.
Early days of the hike.
Ocotillo in bloom—attractive and dangerous.
Back to lake level. Truth be told, one can walk around this world in awe or not.
Looking away from Roosevelt toward the Salt River and Apache lake.
Everything looks better from height and distance. 'How do we look from where you stand?'
Mountains, water, flowers, fresh air, temperate weather and deserted, virus-free trails. Tough work but worth every bit of strain.
And there goes Jenni, with swaying grass.
Jenni and Jeffrey
44.20: Mostly, unpublished hikes from peaks and ridges in Pinnacles Park, California; Sedona and Williams, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Williams, Arizona, gateway to Grand Canyon.
Commencing the ascent of Lava Butte, Las Vegas—a tough challenge without a trail.
At least and hour or more later. Lake Mead left, Lake Las Vegas right. This is a climb, during and after, a person knows he/she has been tested in many aspects.
On the way down—at times, it felt on the 'way-out'.
The way up is easier but not easy.
A view from the top.
The rocks of Sedona, Arizona heading to the 'submarine' but off-trail, for a change.
Pinnacles: On the way to Chalone Peak, water from nowhere.
A visit to the cathedral 'in Sedona, quite apt.
Some fun at the cathedral extension.
Distraction on the way to Chalone, the best kinds.
...and more distraction...excuse all the fun.
A 'pope or rabbi' bird.
Jen on a ridge in the Pinnacles
Shots on the Chalone trail with an 'alligator' surfacing.
May the calm of the deserts descend upon and touch us all (and the symmetry, too).
Jenni and Jeffrey