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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

El Capitan, San Diego County's toughest: a challenging, testing and nearly 'brutal', in heat. And, a short walk for the birds.

The picture says it all. Not often I see the editor in that position—it attests to the tough nature of the hike and heat of the day.

El Capitan is considered, certainly we do, the most strenuous hike in San Diego County. While it's not difficult, it is tough. Gaining some 4,100 feet in elevation (11miles) but not as one would expect. On the way up, there are about 850 feet of declines and of course on the way down, a similar amount of climbs. Therefore, one is often ascending and then giving hard-earned gains back to the mountain. Of course, the 'hill' does not appreciate our generosity. In 90 degrees weather, the heat proved to be another factor with which to contend. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful test, something we do each November to ensure we don't slack. I'm hoping the editor will continue this annual challenge as she was not happy in the heat.

We hike up Mount Woodson and Iron Mountain often when we are in town. Both mountains are easily visible from El Capitan, forming a triangle, making for we suppose, a triad of challenges ranging from steady, a good challenge and a tough 'bugger'. The views from the top are quite spectacular. In keeping with the East County geology, the mountains and in fact the whole region is covered in boulders and rocks. It provides interesting views which are enhanced when the early sunrays light them. In the so-called dry country, at least three lakes/dams/reservoirs are visible. Once again depending upon the light, the views are amazing especially the coloring and the sharp outlines of the bodies of water.

Many years ago, we met a delightful young couple at the peak, Michelle and her boyfriend. I remember this distinctly because the young woman made a very favorable impression. I commented that she was just the type of woman a father should bring home for a son, that is, if the son had not taken the initiative. They have since married and blessed with a child.

Back to the trail. On a good day, with a strong effort, a person can make the ascent in a little over 2.5 hours, that's pushing it. Of course, some of these iron men and women make it look ridiculous as they run up and down as if it's almost level. Should anyone wish to try this climb with us (me), I'd love to do it again. Give us a shout.

Close to the trailhead, Barona Casino is a prominent sight in the 'wilderness': The home of the loosest sluts...slots, so it advertises.

View of El Capitan reservoir from approach to the trailhead, a mile to go.

Love the rolling hills.

San Vicente reservoir (we think) from the top as the editor approaches the peak.

Typical scene in the East County, boulders and rock outcrops.

Zooming in on another part of the reservoir and the background mountain.

Some perspective of a strenuous hike in 90 degrees, San Diego County's toughest.

A typical incline/decline on the trail, nearly evenly balanced. (Downtown San Diego in far distance.)

Telephoto of the reservoir from the peak.

'Ah! There's the commode brush.'

A view of the other side, harsh but so attractive.

Passing a boulder and taking in the encroaching buildings of Barona reservation. Iron Mountain in background.


Jenni and Jeffrey

During our recent trips, we observed many birds, both unusual and colorful, so we thought we might add a few images from a walk at the coast in San Diego, soon after our return. We were most attracted by their behavior rather than color.

"Up, up and away, my beautiful" a rendition by the Birds or was it the '5th Dimension'.

Only our granddaughter, Ellie, is more graceful than 'Nelson'.

"Come fly with me": To be quite Frank.


"You're not serious. That was supposed to be a joke?"

"I may be kinky but there's nothing wrong with my neck."

"If I hear a comment about my eye-liner, I'll...I' don't want to know."

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