New Zealand: Along the Ben Lomond Trail.


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 the end of 2022, the blog contained over 1,470 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.
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 until the beginning of 2017. It has developed 'exponentially' since then.

Jenni and Jeffrey Lazarow

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Highlights from Hike-About 7: South Africa and New Zealand

It's time for a vacation until Hike-About 8 commences in early March. We look forward to being with our children and seeing friends and family. To that end, we thank those friends who provided us with smiles and laughs—a great tonic for good health and happiness. Of course, we cannot and do not expect anyone to write to us. However, to those who make that special effort, you really add to the whole experience. Thank you, indeed—it is deeply appreciated

We'll clean our boots, do a bit more work, which probably includes some babysitting, too and look forward, N'H, to traveling with you soon. For the record, we drove 3,300kms in New Zealand and took more photographs on the trip than that number, if you can believe. We have probably consumed all the words allotted to us so we look forward to a quieter period but hope that you aren't.

We chose at random the photographs below, as an indication of a little of the great beauty we see of the Master's world.


Jenni and Jeffrey

(We suggest clicking on a picture to get a better size for all.)

Peaking at Ben Lomond, Queenstown, perhaps the favorite and...tough

Lake Wakatipu from outside Queenstown

Dewar Peak on way to Devil's Creek

Lions head (r), Table Mountain (l), Cape Town

Lake Hawea from Sawyer Burn

Remarkables Lookout, Queenstown

Arriving at the Mount Ffyfe Hut...soaked and cold

Looking down on mountain and lake, at Wanaka

Early morning prayer at Blyde River Canyon

Peeking through towards Rob Roy glacier

The color is real at Lake Pukaki

Table Mountain from Constantiaberg

At peak, Sawyer Burn

The Remarkables, mean and tough and...remarkable

On top of the world, Roy's Peak, Wanaka

Lake Wakatipu from Lower Wye Track

A View from Devil's Peak

Tongariro Alpine Crossing along a stream in the early stages

Sawyer Burn alongside Lake Hawea

Chapman's Peak, Cape Town

My world is blue, Cape Town

A 'Remarkable' Peak

This is hard work

Bourke's Potholes, Mmpumalanga

1,900 feet of cascading Sutherland Falls

Jock of the Bushveld Trail, Mmpumalanga

Back of Ben Lomond Trail, Queenstown

Protruding cone, Tongariro

Approaching the gorge, at Platteklip, Table Mountain

A Little snow on the 'Remarkables'

That's deep, that's at Milford, that's 3000 feet deep

Rob Roy Glacier, South Island

Desolate and attractive at Tongariro

Milford Sound, Fiordland

Perched in Paradise, Roy's Peak, Wanaka

Tramping along one of the Great Walks, Routeburn

Steaming Tongariro

Out of reach at Mckinnon Pass, Milford Track

A great favorite outside Queenstown

A little exuberant in Queenstown

Newly melted snow flows along Routeburn Tramp

Red Crater, Tongariro

The lonely Piper on way up to Chapman's Peak

Hooker Glacier—note the blue tinge

Rob Roy Glacier

'Lower' Wye Creek, before entering forest

Maclears Beacon via Skeleton Gorge(ous), Table Mountain

Above Sea Point from Lion's Head

Maybe the fairest Cape after all

Approaching Dewar's Peak outside Queenstown