LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT
New Zealand: Along the Ben Lomond Trail.
'LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT: 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 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. 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."
"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.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Things became a little interesting after jogging down Iron Mountain this morning. By the way, we are now 2 for 2—a fall on each of the last hikes. We like the fact we are consistent although you can have the cuts and bruises. Back to the story. Upon entering the parking lot, we noticed 4 or 5 police officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Within a second, we had our cigarette hidden behind the back, allowing it to drop and then crushed it into the gravel. After a glance at those fellows—large, tough-looking and not the friendliest—we decided not to take any chances. We refrained tactfully from making a little joke to break the ice. Our friendly greeting was returned with a grunt. We decided against asking what he meant by that harsh sound emanating from his belly. Man, those guys looked ferocious, even without the sidearms they carried. We're thinking of giving up caffeine after today's encounter.
There's something very liberating, being enmeshed in open spaces, particularly mountaintops. The feeling does not leave one upon returning to 'civilization'. In fact, it seems thoughts and ideas become more intense, crystallize and bring on feelings that everyday life should not be constraining, limiting or routine but exciting, adventurous and uplifting. Dangerous stuff! Hmm! We should probably sign off.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
As we were leaving at 4:15am for a hike this morning, our editor whispered from her cozy bed, “Watch out for snakes.” Well, at least her heart is in the right place although not her boots. She is either taking the rest before hike-about-10 very seriously, rebelling against early morning hikes or has injured herself. We must give her the benefit of the doubt and are sad to acknowledge that it’s the latter.
Following a call from ‘City Hall’ yesterday, we decided we had to arrive at the peak of Iron Mountain before sunrise. Over the last few days, the sun has disappeared from San Diego. We like it that way but the majority seem to be effected adversely by dull weather. So when the mayor asked for our help, we were eager and ready. High ground must be the answer, we decided. Hence, off we went to discover the mystery of sub-standard summer weather in this city.
We commenced the hike at 5:02am in the dark. While we were busy looking out for snakes, we missed spotting a protruding rock. After picking oneself up from the rough surface, we decided the snakes could look for us instead—we are through with looking for them. Truth be told, it was completely dark but for the flashlight beams. If we thought about it deeply, perhaps a little spooky, too. At times, it’s better not to see what is lurking in the bushes, particularly the flock of birds that flew from a tree, sounding like squawking missiles.
At first light, we saw something that was unique—it looked like the tail of a comet. Thereafter, one could easily be overcome with emotion as the sights were unbelievable. To view the mountains waking in a sea of clouds, clouds so thick that one could almost imagine standing on them. Before the sun exposed itself, the rays lit up the mountain tops which reflected onto the clouds. Wherever one turned, peaks protruded through the cumulus, creating a wonderland. Thereafter, things only got better. The sun is definitely operating normally, we are pleased to announce. Let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
We made our way back quickly as we are beginning to run down the mountains these days or at least, part of this one. The worst aspect of the morning was sitting on the 52 freeway in peak traffic on our return. Why don’t people walk (hike) to work?
Lesson learned today: Sometimes it's not the place but rather, the time.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The sequence below gives a taste of the late afternoon but without the delicious dinner.
Some additional photographs, a different day:
A different big red, Secretariat
Jenni and Jeffrey