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.

Friday, December 14, 2012

10.43 Murray Hill in Palm Springs, some 'hill' as we finish on a double high.

As we top a ridge, Murray peak comes into view, editor 'faints'

Last chance to feel 'on edge'

After completing the San Jacinto Peak hike the day before, we thought we might have earned a rest. It wasn’t to be. Our editor was/is very energetic which meant we had to race up the hill. Hill it’s not. We hiked 7 miles with a cumulative elevation gain of over 2,500 feet. That in our opinion, is not a hill. In fact, the elevation gain today was a little more than San Jacinto but in 5 miles less distance. Okay, enough with the statistics. One more thing. Murray ‘Little Hill’ is neither the highest peak, nor the longest, it is not the most picturesque but we would say, overall, it’s one of the nicest hikes around. It has so much going for it that we rate it highly.

Jenni and 'Jac...into'

The hike commences without an official trailhead; the hiker must improvise. The first official sign is posted after two-and-half miles—that is, of course, most useful. In fact, along the way, with a little imagination, one can spot thousands of ‘lost hikers’ moping about looking for a sign, an arrow, anything—it’s very sad. When the peak comes into view, well into the hike, a person considers developing a headache in order to return to the car. It does not appear that there's a route to the top—it is nearly overpowering. Along the way, the trail crosses Eagle Canyon which contains a genuine oasis within it. Indigenous palms create a surreal atmosphere, the only 'naturals' in the region. The route starts steeply, then turns down and through the canyon on a couple of occasions with a steep climb for remainder of the way. It is a gem of a hike, one that we would like to do regularly.

We continue to meet interesting people on the trails. Ourselves excluded, we can’t help notice how many friendly and fascinating experiences we enjoy with fellow travelers. It must be something in the ‘water’.

Jenni reaches a 'high on the hill'

Mountain atmosphere of Palm Springs

Hike-about 10 has ended, fortunately on a high note, notwithstanding it was only a ‘hill’. We began in mid-October when Jen was recovering from a number of ailments. Within a few days she was back to her usual strength and seemed to develop more and more energy, culminating in achieving incredible results. As we write this missive, we look out the window and see clouds covering the glorious mountains. It is actually raining in the desert, what a blessing. We mentioned in a previous note that the weather has been exceptional. As we make our way towards San Diego, our editor, in a moment of weakness, has agreed to ‘hike’ by car. We told you we come across miracles daily.

'Listen son, follow that path. It will take you to the peak yonder'

We decide to play hide-and-go-seek. Jenni's cap gives her away, approaching peak

We thank everyone who has taken an interest in our well-being, very much—it’s appreciated more than you would believe. There are some people who are exceptional whom we should mention by name but have decided against it. Nevertheless, your insights, perspective and wisdom are most uplifting. Thank you!

Until next time, G-d Bless You.


Jenni and Jeffrey

We published quite a few sunrises/sunsets this trip. Perhaps our favorite, taken from the summit of Iron Mountain, San Diego County, occurred one evening before this trip. Notice the clouds below, the ocean in the distance and the sun giving another hot performance. We thought it an appropriate closing as the sun sets on hike-about 10.

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