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LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT
New Zealand 2017: Tongariro Crossing and Mount Ngauruhoe.
'LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT: WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HIKE-ABOUT?'
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. Our 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.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
In a number of cities lately, we often spend time determining whether the roads have been aligned correctly. If you have to ask why then clearly you're missing the point. It's a quasi-engineering concept.
This platform allows for closer inspection although we hope he remembers to turn around.
Meanwhile, Jen plods on and up diligently. Strangely enough, she is not concerned whether the roads are correctly in alignment. (It takes all types.)
Looking towards Murray Peak, the region's highest and a good test.
Jen returns safely, just a few minutes to the trailhead.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
That's the transport to and from the island.
From height, the views are superb.
After many weeks of intense physical effort, totally under our control of course, we have nobody to blame, although it would be nice to find a volunteer, we were sitting on a boulder the other day and I happened to mention to Jenni that I was so looking forward to being on our own that evening and enjoying each other’s company. She replied, “What’s different?”
We'd agree with the sign, particularly, regarding the female. We spotted this specimen at the bench, by chance. Although there may be some confusion as to the number of legs on the beast, bear in mind (perhaps bison in mind), those are fore legs and not just a pair as some who are too reliant upon their sight might deduce.
Back on track after the diversion above. Love it...the water, that is.
Los Angeles across the water, some 26 miles and change.
This is what happens when you 'defund the water police', blue chaos.
Meanwhile, others go walk-about above the cliffs.
Looking down at recent construction on the island. Interesting.
"Alexa, please assemble the tent", seems to be the expression on her face. Actually, Jen assembled the 'fly component' which was impressive. The other member is still up in the air with regard to the concept.
Jen glances down and prefers to move away from the edge.
Last glance from a ridge above Avalon.
'Framed'. Trying our hands at artistic poses and views. It's been strongly suggested we consider alternative opportunities.
Phew! We'll let you go now.
Friday, April 23, 2021
49.03 California: Lake Forest: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park: Red Rock destination via Mustard Trail. 49.04 Dreaded Hill Trail.
Early days as we head down and then up toward the red (pink) rocks.
Beautiful...the plant life, too.
Upon returning from our camping excursion to Catalina Island, we thought of stopping close to the mainland port to undertake some hiking in this virgin territory, that is, for us. Jen found a gem of a park which provides wonderful hiking opportunities with some steep sections, unusual rock formations and all close to the town. In fact, much housing development surrounds this large regional park. Amazing how many treasures fill the land just off the beaten paths. Add in the blooming spring flora and we enjoyed 2 wonderful days before returning to ???
Caught off-guard, it appears.
1.2 miles sharply up. The camera cannot capture the slope (heard that one before).
Aha! The rocks finally.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
A successful dwelling builder...home sweet home.
The advantage of being a quick learner is that it does not take long to determine certain likely outcomes. Surprisingly, this past week we found out that ground/earth is very hard. It does not have much cushion to it unless of course, it’s muddy. Then again, the smart person will pitch camp ensuring that he not only has a tent, sleeping bag, gas cannister and teddy bear to ensure a restful night’s sleep, but also a foam contraption on which to place the said sleeping bag and by extension, the occupant. So far, so good. However, when the contraption has a slow leak which leak became less slow with each passing night, the brilliant mind of the said sleeper did not take long to reach the appropriate conclusion about the denseness of the ground. In fact, it became a toss-up as to which part or whom was more dense. That’s a topic for another occasion...continues below.
Camera focuses on one of the subjects.
Early morning sunshine off the grasses.
From the trail, we join a road to ?
Could be a scene from Hawaii or La Reunion.
Unusual sights and sites.
'Wake' me when it calms.
From one ridge to another.
Breakfast in bed.
Rugged and attractive scenes from a peak on the south-east section.