LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT

Argentina: Iguaza Falls, The Devil's Throat. (What a place!)

'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 2020, the blog contained over 1,200 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.
O
ur 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."

"A Life Experience As No Other: Dare to Seize the Day Together", published by Fulton Books, depicts our life on the road and mountains.

Jenni and Jeffrey Lazarow

Whereas we continue to update the blog regularly, we no longer circulate email notifications.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Special Publication from Yuma, Arizona: A memorable hike and surprising views.

Peering through 'the looking glass' toward the mountains and farms (see below)...perhaps, the Ocotillo is more correct.

A moment when the sun, clouds, and colors lined up for us just before leaving the summit.

Cheers, 

Jenni and Jeffrey

Monday, January 18, 2021

Second cover page: (Because of technical issues)

 Arizona: Tonto National Forest.


We were in Crete, Greece when we came upon this slope to negotiate. Without hesitation, Jenni took, what she considered, a first step of attack.


She went on strike. Fortunately, the rocks are much softer in Greece, perhaps slippery too.

47.52 Page, Arizona: A walk along the Colorado River and Lake Powell, three different hikes.

A little sun, a little of rock formations, a little water and a lot of beauty.

Taking a walk on the wild side.

End of the road. No way across this end part without help.

The ups, downs and overs as we made our way along the river was exciting and quite spectacular.
Jen coming down...in the center.

Will she or won't she? She's too smart to fall for that.
Stunned by this sight.

The whole region along the lake/river is covered in rock formations.

Let's get off there before you land yourself in trouble.

Cheers, 

Jenni and Jeffrey

Sunday, January 17, 2021

47.51 California: Montana de Oro: Valencia Peak and surround.


After the hike, we absorbed the refreshing sights below.



Part way up, the peak is behind the highpoint.




After the clouds dissipated, that's a view of the peak from the trailhead.


Still a bit of low cloud cover but insufficient to capture the beauty of the previous week when the fires and thick cloud provided amazing colors and formations.


Easy, well-marked snaking trails not without snakes.



This is an approach from another trailhead. We'll go around the current summit and head to the peak behind.

Having a whale of time. (A little obvious).




Cheers, 

Jenni and Jeffrey

Thursday, January 14, 2021

47.42 Arizona: Kingman Wash wandering...invariably in wonder. 47.49 Same area, effectively Nevada, different hike, color galore.

A view of Lake Mead from Arizona side. The border of Nevada and Arizona runs along the middle of the lake. On days of turbulence in the water (not the country), it can be rather tricky to know one's status (state-wise).

Wandering into the desert, off trail.

A mix of 'glass' and water.

Not smug, just happy.
The distinctive Fortification 'Hill'. The road to the trailhead has deteriorated so we have not been up to the peak since 2018.

Picture taken earlier from summit of Fortification Hill, the mountain shown in picture above.

Some of our favorite scenes of desert color.

Tell tale sign of wind velocity.
The highpoint of this wandering. The approach to the mountain is on the other side.

The colors of the water are different each day. What a daily show!

Cheers, 

Jenni and Jeffrey

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

47.47: Arizona: Hot Springs on that 'cool' river, again.

Colorado River flows past with a view of the below-surface flora.

In the slot canyon, heading toward the hot springs.


End of the road.


There are two ways to reach the hot springs, a phenomenon in and of itself. On that day, we went through the slot canyon to the right, on a surface of soft sand which makes the going tough. The other way is more of a trail outside the canyon and along the mountains. Both routes arrive at the same place after negotiating a ladder from the one side or a slope on the other. Effectively, it's a loop or two different hikes should one go as they say in local parlance, 'Out and back'. The beauty of the left fork is it's a much nicer hike with terrific views. The right fork route through the slot most of the way makes it difficult to get lost. Sometimes that's a real boon...for you know who. Both have slots and they are truly magnificent. 

As we mentioned a few weeks back, it wasn't until Jenni matured and reached her 50's that we discovered the concept of the slot canyon and thereafter, so many other facets of nature. Ignorance is not such a wonderful thing unless one is dealing with the slots of Vegas. When we reached the river, the Colorado, once again it was a stunning sight. Imagine you're riding through the desert on a horse with no name or, maybe one with a name. You ride for miles and miles and all you see are mountains, scrub and sand. Should you be heading toward the destination we reached, only then will you discover the flow of water of this amazing river. Expressed another way, a person might walk for miles and be a mere few hundred yards to the side of the river and not realize the existence of water. Had we not been told the river meanders in that location, we would never have expected to find water. It boggles the mind.

When we reached the river, we noticed a couple and their dog. It turns out they were canoeing along the river and had stopped for breakfast and a rest. We engaged in conversation and as often occurs, we learned a little of their history and current activities. They were old people, we'd say about the same age as us, and perhaps a little out of shape. The man was a Vietnam Veteran while the woman would intimidate me much quicker than the soldier. Fortunately, Jenni was there to take care of me. We were both impressed and further motivated by their endeavors. While many people remain at home, there are a number of individuals out in the wilds attempting to accomplish their dreams, remain active, escape from a spouse or take on a challenge of nature. As to the latter, one can be a winner at times but rest assured, it's only temporary.

 
Jen takes the gap—sometimes, the cake, too.
At times, she's impressive—on other occasions, terrific.

Let's take in one more.
Cheers, 

Jenni and Jeffrey