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, July 29, 2013

14.17 Crater Lake, a unique body of water, a phenomenon. 14.18 Mount Tipsoo, a strange name.

This is our third visit to the Crater Lake National Park. One cannot pass this way without stopping
in for a quick 'hello'. Each time, the crater and its contents have had a dramatic impact on our senses.
We hiked to the peak of Mount Scott and to the surface of the crater on the first two occasions. Today,
after a tough week, we made it to Garfield Peak, a fairly steep climb although relatively short. However,
the views of the lake exceeded our wildest expectations. The colors, we admit, look artificial.
Nevertheless, anyone who has had the privilege to visit the park will attest to the accuracy.

We were fortunate that we had full sun, some cloud and still waters. Reflections were enhanced further
when clouds blocked the sun temporarily, causing a royal blue stain on the perfect surface. In addition,
on the previous day, we had hiked up to the peak of Tipsoo, behind Mount Thielsen, which we observed
from Garfield on this hike. It gave us perspective of another part of Oregon. As a bonus, one of our favorites,
the Californian giant, Mount Shasta was also on view.

The rest of the blog is a pictorial showing the beauty, the tranquility and unimaginable coloring
of Oregon's Crater Lake, the remnants of a blast from the past, America's deepest.

A view from the summit of Garfield.

Mount Scott, in background, a wonderful hike, great views but further from the lake than Garfield.

Clouds block sun partially creating another blue shade.

A beautiful position in a remarkable world.

Some rocks are irresistible, especially those directly above the lake.

In the background is Mount Thielsen, clouds in foreground on water. (See next picture.)

The previous day's hike to Mount Tiptoo. Mount Thielsen between Crater Lake and Tiptoo.

The hike to Tiptoo peak, in a seemingly deserted part of the forests by way of a poor road to the trailhead,
was a little under 7 miles. The views from the summit were wonderful. However, Diamond Lake, one of the
attractions, was out of reasonable camera range. The valley was covered, as always, in trees and many lakes,
in addition to the Diamond.

Another of reflections on the lake; Tiptoo and Thielsen at rear.

High clouds in the sky, very low clouds on lake surface.

Phantom Ship 'sails' below Jenni.

'Reflections of my lake.'

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