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.

Monday, February 6, 2012

SuperBowl Perspective from San Diego

One could feel the tension build on this historic day. Preparing for the pre and post-game parties, in depth analysis, some even thinking about the game, expensive and at times, controversial advertising, wagering and betting—to list just a few distractions of the day. You name it there’s something for everybody. It could be reminiscent of the Coliseum in the days of gladiators and similar activities. We’re just happy that a certain group is not running the superbowl; otherwise, we might expect a few Jews and Christians to be thrown into the arena to do battle with the lions. Who is to sing the National Anthem? Could that be turned into a controversy? We hope so otherwise we might have to rely on the football for entertainment.

Gavin asked how we were preparing for the day. Of course, that would depend upon a number of factors. The fridge was stacked with beers; the cupboards were overflowing with snacks of chips, peanuts and various mixes. Boy, were we ready. We asked our editor for an opinion on the chances of the San Diego Chargers winning today. After all, we should root for the local side. She answered that it did not seem to be good at all. When she further explained that they were not playing we realized that perhaps we were not worthy spectators. So, instead of a football spectacular, we hiked to the peak of El Capitan, arguably San Diego’s finest.

The bay, east of downtown San Diego, viewed from El Capitan

Testing tread as Jen scales one of thousands of boulders

Surprising greenery in front of rugged mountains

After we hiked this wonderful area during late October, our friend Sean mentioned that it is best to do it in the winter. It was indeed very hot on our first attempt. The beginning of February is clearly the middle of winter but the temperature was in the 70’s. We had to keep remembering that it is winter. After spending six very short weeks in New Zealand during summer, we conclude that San Diego winters can be warmer than New Zealand summers. Life for us is extremely complicated these days but nevertheless, most exciting.

Jenni on the way down

Rock face climbing at El Capitan

Spectacular views yonder

Sun beam provides instant tan at 'Rock Salon'

The hike, including extras was ten miles, an accumulated elevation gain of 4,000 feet as there are many declines on the way up, if that makes any sense. It is very rugged in places and overall, a great place to be. The mountains are covered in boulders and rocks, giving children a wonderful opportunity to scale them, test their boot grips and jumping skills. They don’t make superbowls any better than this notwithstanding that we forgot the chips, peanuts and beers.

Editor views San Diego's own lil' table mountain

Jenni explaining the concept of 'Alternate Rock' in appropriate setting

Capturing some late afternoon sunlight on La Jolla Cliffs—a different place, a couple of days earlier

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