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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Highlights Two, a second set of photographs.

Cholla, Joshua Tree, California.

Large and small spotlights, Murray Peak Trail, Palm Springs, California.

Resting on Fanie Botha Trail, South Africa.

Desert in Nevada.

The Mono Basin at dusk.

Below Mount Tallac, Tahoe South, California.

Coral Pink Dunes, Utah.

Part of the Choquequirao Ruins Trail, the second day part climb, Peru.

Lake in Yosemite National Park, California.

Dawn through the trees on Piute Pass, Sierra Nevada, California.

Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

From Mont-aux-Sources Mountain, Drakensberg, South Africa.

Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Sun breaks through on Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand.

Sani Pass, Lesotho.

Olomana, Oahu, Hawaii.

Humantay Lake, Peru.

Part-way up Roy's Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand.

Mono Lake, California.

Tyee Lake (2 or 3), Bishop area, California.

Craters, volcanoes and mountains from Ben Lomond Summit, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A view from Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah.

Tugela Falls hidden on Mont-aux-Sources Mountain, South Africa

Surface of Wright Lake, Desolation Wilderness, California.

Color Rock Waves, Utah.

Another Tyee Lake takes the reflections.

Olomana Mountain, Oahu, Hawaii.

A weakness for golden tops, Sierra Nevada, California.

Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, California.

Olomana Mountain, Oahu, Hawaii.

Sani Pass, Lesotho at dawn.

Peak of Black Butte looking up to Mount Shasta, California.

Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, California.

Howick Falls, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Sunset on Iron Mountain, San Diego.

Climbing to narrow peak, Iceland.

Dettifos, Iceland.

Tongariro Volcano fuming, New Zealand.

Dusk over Kepler Mountains, New Zealand.


Jenni and Jeffrey

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Woodson, one early, foggy morning-Splendid!

We are preparing to leave on the next Hike-about but in the meantime, continue to hike locally. We enjoyed
a phenomenon today illustrating once again that each day is different and teaches something new. We woke
at 4:30am with the idea of reaching the summit of Mount Woodson to appreciate a sunrise. It was optimistic
thinking, not getting the editor out of bed, but expecting to see sun. For the last month, San Diego has been
blanketed in clouds and mist for most mornings, if not all day. Whereas we like this type of weather, it does
not help when one wishes to see the rising/setting of the sun.

We arrived at Woodson via the 67 Highway which was completely covered in fog. Although there was some light
at commencement soon after 5am, the fog and cloud covered the county. There was not a lot to see. Upon reaching
a short distance below the peak, the sky was cloudless. However, all the fog and cloud remained below.
From height, everything under us was covered; everything above us was perfectly clear.

On the jog down, (we left in warm sunshine), but halfway-down we re-entered the fog. Once again, at the surface,
the whole area including the mountains, were no longer visible. Just as in flight, it is quite a phenomenon
to travel through the clouds and reach a position where the sky is cloudless and yet, below, having the land
completely covered and thus hidden.

Facing east.

We suppose, facing east again.

Iron Mountain in background.

Loved the strip of cloud. Loved all the other clouds, too.

Riding the white surf. The only place in San Diego to get a suntan.

Mountains coming up for air.

Sun thinking of appearing over formidable clouding.

Sun appears.

Boulders are a feature of the region.

Really love the wiring up here.

Really love the poles as well.

Iron Mountain across the way, a favorite viewing point, with the mountain's shadow on the clouds.


Jenni and Jeffrey