New Zealand 2017: Tongariro Crossing and Mount Ngauruhoe.


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 often.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

44.01 Sedona, Arizona 2020: An assortment from a delightful region. (Extracts from hikes 44.01, 44.02 and 44.03)

The sun kisses the mountains and rocks, 'goodnight'. (Nature has a gentle side, too.)

Sedona has always been a special place for us. It's the first town in which we really 'clicked' upon visiting it more than twenty years ago. We would think it's difficult not to find something special about the layout of the place, particularly that it's surrounded by red and yellow mountains and rocks, many in the town itself. Well, often wrong but we don't believe so in this instance.

There are a number of firsts for us in the town besides the aforementioned. On Cathedral Rock during our second visit, Jenni called me a 'wuss'. Her meaning: 'I was a scared little boy'. At the time, I was afraid of heights and as we sat on a rock looking down into an abyss, I developed some negative feelings. After fleeing the position, with the tone and meaning of her words playing through my mind, I stopped, turned around and raced up to the top. A decisive moment. That she could not catch me and shouted out to 'Wait for me', began a new era regarding heights. Since then I have never looked

During our first visit, I noticed a person standing near the top of Bell Rock. I called Jenni to the side, pointed out what looked like an aberration at first and announced, "Look at that idiot. What a fool—he'll kill himself." The following year, we visited Bell Rock and went to the top. Even beyond that idiot's position.

Jen had her first and hopefully, only snake-bite on one of the mountains in this region. We also saw what the concept of "lawyered" means. The clash of humanity, of human kindness versus legal liability. When we returned from the mountaintop, we stopped into a hotel close-by and asked for some antiseptic ointment, or alcohol or anything that might help with the pain, infection or something worse.

"Sorry. Our policy is not to help injured people. Instructions from our lawyers."

In the first book I wrote, I could not help but insert a paragraph dealing with issues of this nature and that 'the good Samaritan law' had to be promulgated to allow doctors and others to assist (without potential liability) in a medical emergency. Something is out of kilter when a person will not aid an injured soul and further, the system discourages kindness. (More later...)

'Bids all others a pleasant night, too.'

"Lock-on". Hangover Cliff: Hike-about attempts to bring out "The Essence, Spirit and Ideals" of a relationship. (Sometimes it works, preferably on a cliff edge...)

Wilson Mountain, from the south. The overlook is ahead. No thought of snow when we were at the base.

A typical view from the top.

Opposite Wilson Mountain. Love this scene, further enhanced by the clump of grey, dormant trees along the river.

Some spectacular sights and positions (Ignore the unnatural sight).

We call that the two-step—some call it confused as Jen rises on a rather steep boulder.

This is Sedona.

and we suppose this is, too. A less frequented view of the town's surround.


Jenni and Jeffrey

'Golden Girl' goes to the 'Cathedral'.

Climb to Cathedral Rock extension...adds to the adrenaline flow.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2019: A Year of Color, Reflections and Adventure: Stunning Situations, Views and Experiences—Deserts, too.

We've limited the photographs posted in this section to almost exclusively of autumn coloring, alpine lake reflections and a few desert scenes. The main exceptions are five from the Himalayas. It was a typical period of adventure and discovery although the years tend to improve each time or so it seems. 2019 included two trips within the Western United States, two overseas trips, one in Nepal for near on two months and the other, in Eastern Europe for three months with stopovers in China and South Africa respectively, an additional week in the latter. The trip within Europe included Poland, Slovakia and a large portion of the period living in Bulgaria. We passed through Germany, Hungary and Serbia to reach our hiking destinations. Within the United States, we concentrated our time in Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah our favorite, and Idaho. We seemed to cover less territory because of more in depth stays at fewer places. Works for us. Finally, the weighting of the pictures is toward Bulgaria, a subjective decision for unknown reasons...Da!

Devil's Throat, Trigrad, Bulgaria.

Norton Peak, Idaho.

Rila Lakes, Bulgaria.

Death Valley, California.

Hilldale, Utah.

Eagle Eye, Rhodopes, Bulgaria.

Jen passes the lake as she heads toward Vihren Peak, amazing place.

Five without alpine lakes and autumn coloring but we could not exclude our visit to Nepal.

We left the 'hotel' that morning when it was clear only to be caught in snow later.

Fish Tail at sunset.

Early evening looking at one of the peaks of Annapurna.

On our return from Everest base camp and Kala Patthar.

Highest point ever stood, Kala Patthar at 18,500 feet, opposite Mount Everest.


High Tatras, Slovakia.

Eagle Eye, Rhodopes, Bulgaria.

Rila Lakes, Bulgaria.

Death Valley, California.

Zakopane, Poland.

Smolyan, Bulgaria.

Big Dunes, Nevada, a solitary moment.

Hilldale, Utah: reflection at sunrise.

Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Sedona, Arizona on the way down from Wilson Mountain, at sunset.

Smolyan, Bulgaria.

Painted Desert, Arizona.

Desolation Lake, above Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, California.

Zakopane, Poland.

Returning from peak of Grebenets above Devin, Bulgaria.

One of three lakes visited on a hike above Bansko, Bulgaria.

Valley of Waterfalls near Smolyan.

Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Side-tracked on the way to Lizard Peak, Lake Havasu.

7-Rila Lakes, Bulgaria.

Beyond Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona: An early sunset.

Zakopane, Poland.


Jenni and Jeffrey

No autumn colors, no reflections, just an incredible mountain is Kutelo of the Pirin range, Bulgaria. (One of our favorite places.)

Pirin Range at dawn: Does not meet the criteria but so what. Love it.