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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Swan Lake, instead, Pelican not so brief.

Another wonderful benefit of travel, particularly in the wilds, is the opportunity to spot and observe animals and birds in their natural habitat. It fills one with wonder and delight as one watches the behavior of these creatures toward each other and the environment. It's remarkable how much more meaningful life becomes as one tries to understand, learns, and absorbs the action occurring in the immediate vicinity and surrounds. Suddenly, resting in an attractive place, whether alongside a body of water, on a mountain or behind a tree becomes so much more meaningful as one observes the behavior, in this case birds, while they go about their daily routines.

On point, pelican leader takes on the sun, the others remain in shade.

Veterans looking a little 'past' it, 'long in the tooth'.

Military precision in the next two photographs.

Platoon leans left as it gives "An Eyes Right salute".

Meantime, the platoon sergeant-major flies over the troops, squawking orders.

On golden pond, blue is the fast lane.

What's the big flap about, Mother Goose?

A rather attractive specimen, a female I trust.

Some of the 'ladies' pass by the troops with fluttering eyes.

Not the most inspiring lift-off.

Looks like the need for another category of special minority privileges.

"Hey guys, have you seen my sunglasses?"

Sometimes, it's just too heavy to hold erect.


Jenni and Jeffrey

"I give up. There's not a thing I can do with my hair in this weather! As for the color washing out...Are you even listening?"

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