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, June 22, 2017

31.19 Krnsko Jezero, peace and tranquility mixed with sweat; plus some odds and sods.

This is a two-part hike, either to the lake which is a climb of about 2,500 feet or to the wonderful peak of Mount Krn, beyond and above the lake. We were so taken in with both the beauty and tranquility of the region that we made inquiries about staying in the dom (hut) on a future trip. There is so much to see and undertake in the rest of the world that a separate journey to Slovenia may not be on the cards. However, a visit to Croatia, Hungary, Italy or Austria would bring us in 'walking' distance of the country. We hope so.

On our return, we came across three young hikers on their way up. We greeted them and the one fellow answered what sounded like "Howzit". This is a typical South African greeting which caused us to halt and engage in conversation. It turns out that he is living in Hawaii and that, as he mentioned, is how they say 'hello' on the islands. In all our trips, we never heard that learn something new each day.

The tranquil scene below Mount Krn.

A land of churches. A Russian memorial on Vrsic Pass.

'Like a bridge over calm waters...'

Phew. We made the peak with Lake Bled at rear.

Communicating with a couple who drove to the peak from the other side. The gentleman reminded us of the late Harold Shapiro. The communication was...interesting as you can see by the hand actions. They were bathing in the nude as we approached the summit. Fortunately, we noticed and eased our pace to allow them time. Very fortunately, they covered up.

Jenni instructs me to use the garden hose to cool her down.

Some of the nicest and toughest mountains on which to 'play'.

The fearsome border separating Austria and Slovenia. Jenni is standing in it makes a big difference. It has some features that could be incorporated in a wall between Mexico and its northern neighbor. We may suggest a a third strand of rope to make it insurmountable.

Lucky I did not pick up that 'garden hose'...the editor can be a riot. We spotted a number of snakes and kept thinking of brother Mark.

We loved the atmosphere below Krn. Next time...


Jenni and Jeffrey

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