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.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The rest is nearing completion although we still feel tired. One wonders (should that be ‘two’) what we have been doing to feel this way. Whew! We digested the matzos finally; Ellie wore us down most pleasantly; we should have owned apples instead of gold; we’d like the political class to disappear and mostly, wish all our friends and family, very good health.
It’s time to wake and get going at last. An excitement is building, which actually commenced before we returned from Hawaii. We intend heading for Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, Northern California, the Sierras and perhaps Oregon. This could change, of course, as the area mentioned is vast and time is short. We are remaining relatively close to San Diego as Natalie is currently ‘with child’. As an aside, we have always been fascinated by this phrase. We find it an elegant expression. Unfortunately, we don’t get the opportunity to express it much—Natalie is not often pregnant. And Jenni is far too busy adventuring to be with child, herself. (Phew!!!).
The trip following this one, we hope, will be spent climbing along the Andes, something under discussion although we have not committed to as yet. We intend to change that.
During May and early June, we will be based in Sedona, a town Hercule Poirot may have understated as: ‘One for which we have the spot that is soft’. It is a wonderful place, surrounded by giant red rocks, mountains, challenging hikes and climbs and an artsy feel to it. The artsy part is of course the attraction that clinches it for us. One of its advantages is that these spectacularly shaped and sized rocks are in the town. In addition, it is close to Grand Canyon, Prescott, and Flagstaff, making it a convenient base. Finally, we have always had a desire to spend more time in this area. Short of moving there permanently, it’s a nice tradeoff.
A recent disappointment is that we were rejected or in the alternative, failed to secure a place in the lottery for the Half-Dome ascent in Yosemite. The idea was to form a team with our son, Robbie and Sam Hoffman. The concept is terrific but the government has other ideas for us. Instead, we are excited that Rob may join us for a possible ascent to Mount Shasta Peak—one of our dream climbs.
That concludes some of our conceptual ideas for the next three months which can, of course, change at any time. This is probably the strength of hike-a-about, the liberating effect of following our dreams rather than be locked into a fixed schedule.
We look forward to seeing you on the road, slopes and peaks. As always, be safe.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
We have a dilemma as we prepare to return to the mainland. Considering the term ‘mainland’, we think it might just be a little belittling of Hawaiians. Are they ancillary to the mainland? Where does the State of Maine fit into this? Did they really have to append that ‘e'? We’re not even thinking of creating a feud…yet. Anyway, that’s not the dilemma for today. However, it’s something to look forward to in the future.
Today’s issue is about a collection. No, not money, not yet anyway. Should gold continue to fall and interest rates remain non-existent then we may have to pass around the hat. Our collection is for an hour, about 60 minutes.
When we left the ‘mainland’, we gained two hours in time. Then a couple of weeks ago, mainlanders moved the clock forward an hour. Thus, when we return, we are going to lose three hours, against the two we gained previously, leaving us with a deficit of an hour. We will be out of balance. What can we do about this missing hour? That’s where the idea of collecting sixty minutes arises. Our editor suggested that we ask 60 friends. Should each contribute one minute, we’d be back on track. Nice idea, we replied but we thought it a bit optimistic, not the giving, but the number of friends. We can think of, perhaps, two. Asking them to contribute 30 minutes each may be stretching it. Please prove us wrong!
Thank you again to those who sent emails, some with most uplifting messages. We can think of a few that allowed us to soar to the heights of Mauna Loa, almost.
Jenni and Jeffrey