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 5, 2016

El Capitan, San Diego County. In a word, 'Brutal'.

Whereas we are undertaking some hikes locally, we return to 'serious business' in the new year.

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Click arrow for Brian Murray's "Jamesons and Cheap Red Wine".

We think the one word in the header encapsulates our feelings after what we consider to be the toughest hike in San Diego. Of course, it could be argued that we are getting older and weaker. It's not a bad supposition but not one we are comfortable with would you think? We make it our business to undertake this hike at least once a year. After yesterday, the editor is looking to position herself outside San Diego on our 'due dates'. I said that would be limiting herself. I'm not going to go into detail regarding her reply to my 'foolishly' timed statement. We do offer one excuse: Jenni had been quite ill two-weeks before and I was having a little difficulty with my groin and throat, an unusual combination. I think it occurred because I'd inadvertently put my foot in my mouth. Nevertheless, we were determined to hike the bugger and fortunately, we did.

To give you an idea of the strenuous nature of the hike, bear in mind that the track is closed during the summer months as the heat makes it too dangerous. The length is 12 miles; at times, over a rough and slippery track. The net elevation gain is 4,100 feet although the measure of the ups-and-downs might make it even greater. However, the real spirit-breaker is that there are numerous declines on the way up and conversely, a similar number of steep inclines on the way down. So a person climbs steeply only to drop down and surrender that hard-acquired altitude. This happens frequently. On the way back from the peak, as one tires, one can be forgiven for feeling confused. After all, one spends much time climbing up to get down to reach the trailhead.

The views were terrific which included Barona Casino, known as an establishment with "the loosest sluts"...that should of course have read 'slots'. We also included an image of Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, taken from Mount Eisenhower to provide another perspective. The accord of the same name occurred at the hotel many years ago. Perhaps, a play upon the words used earlier might be appropriate when referring to politicians.

Barona Casino complex view from El Capitan peak through the telephoto lens.

As a contrast, Bretton Woods below the White Mountains in New Hampshire, viewed from Mount Eisenhower.

Struggling up a myriad of inclines, in both directions.

Along the route, we attain a view of downtown San Diego.

For the sweat, there's always reward although the editor had some doubts on the day. A view of El Capitan reservoir.

Meantime, the editor continues to plod upwards, the cool Pacific Ocean behind her plus rock and boulder
strewn mountains.

Funny how she developed the strength to show off as she approached the peak. (San Miguel mountain in the background).

Having been accused of showing off in the past, he stands there only hoping to match the editor, at El Capitan peak.

After having been trumped at her own game, the editor sits and sulks. More accurately, she is hurting everywhere.
Truth be told, she was courageous and had less 'whines' than her husband. Another 3 miles to return.

Late-afternoon sun bounces off the ocean surface.

Another angle from the top.

"You put your left foot out, your right foot in"...and glue helps, too.


Jenni and Jeffrey

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