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, December 10, 2012

10.41 In the desert again, California's desert cities, Bear Creek Canyon Trail

A farewell to Sedona. We'd like to think the sky got like that because it was sad to see us leave. No comments expected.

Sun hits the spot in Palm Desert

Looking through the canyon as we negotiate the boulders

We spent Shabbat in Tempe, not near Bloemfontein, but rather in Arizona. We mention this as the bulk of our army training took place in that ‘delightful’ town. In fairness, while we would not like to repeat that period, at least any time soon, it was a time of accelerated ‘growing up’. Therefore, we are pleased, not grateful, to have had the experience because in a sense it helped in shaping life.

A flock of birds 'eye' the editor

Editor shows her mettle over the rocks

Our experiences on the Sabbath day are particularly special. We remember one class we attended in which the rabbi said that Hashem expects each of us to work hard during the 6 days of the week so that the seventh will be a true rest day—a contrast. We do feel that each week—we are tired by Friday night, sometimes very tired. Our editor sets a vigorous pace. Being in different environments gives us the opportunity to observe, only superficially we admit, the communities around us. This can be enlightening, amusing and entertaining, at times.

A little into the hike, the clear desert scenes come into view

'Twinkle Toes' finding himself in the desert: Where do the boulders come from?

As we enter the home stretch, we based ourselves in Cathedral City which is close to Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta…you get the point. Should things pan out as planned, we are expecting a big finish. Today, we hiked towards a mountain, could not find the path upwards and diverted to climbing rocks in a narrow canyon in the desert, for 7 miles. It was an enjoyable and tiring experience but one of our favorite things to do—scaling rocks and a bit of bouldering while thinking our way through and over the obstacles in a unique environment. As we mentioned recently, nothing beats reaching the hand, arm or foot out to support each other—something that is necessary in this type of activity.

Seeing some staggering mountains in the region

We continue to find deserts to be places of special interest. It seems should one want to clear the mind, this is indeed a viable option to choose—the noise of civilization does not extend into these vast open, dry and in their own way, attractive places.


Jenni and Jeffrey

Last one from Sedona—it's hard to say 'goodbye'

We are seeing many 'blue mountains', sadly enough

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