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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A cloudy sunset at 'Ferrous' Mountain

Below the peak things are setting up for a great performance; a mountain upfront develops an aura

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Everything was set up for the perfect sunset until it wasn't. The best sunrises and sets we've seen are standing on the summit of Iron Mountain, looking towards the Pacific Ocean. In fact, looking east, the views are quite spectacular, too. The peaks absorb the soft sunlight and bask in it while giving off a sparkling effect, almost showing contentment enjoying the last of the warm rays before nightfall. It is quite (very) spectacular when nature cooperates.

On Monday evening, Robbie joined us for a daylight 6-mile hike up the mountain followed by a walk in the dark back down—always quite an experience. All was going well as the clouds gathered so the sun could reflect off them in hues of yellow, orange and red. Then as the final curtain was ready to rise for the show, we having reached the peak, cloud and fog or mist descended and covered the entire area, blocking our view completely. Visibility wasn't more than a few hundred feet.

Mist begins to move in

By the way, we love clouds and the formations and patterns they make. However, when a person is expecting a spectacular sunset with intermittent clouding, one develops a temporary dislike for the offending clouds—such was the feeling that night.

Sun penetrates clouds in the west to alight those in the east

Fighting-clouds crowd in before taking over completely

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