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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

9.01 Something we do well—"Packing up".

Tranquility at Crater Lake, Oregon (we may reach it this trip)

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.

Blinded at Mount Woodson after Pesach, early morning

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!!!).

Jenni descending Cathedral Rock, Sedona (initial destination this trip)

A favorite hike—Bear Mountain, Sedona

Steep ascent in Sedona

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.

Mount Shasta, a treasure (intention to try summit)

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.

Our route will take us through Page, Arizona

We look forward to seeing you on the road, slopes and peaks. As always, be safe.


Jenni and Jeffrey

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