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.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Brief Period of Rest. (Not that we haven't slept on the trails.)

As we attend to a few private issues, take a break from the heat willingly, and a pass from the mountains reluctantly, we hope you'll join us in enjoying a good rest. We think it's not so much that you rest but where you do it. It makes a big difference. 

The New Zealand Hangover.
That's pretty blatant at Coral Dunes, Utah. Obviously, a very tired girl trying to get out of cooking that evening.
If ever she earned a sleep: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico. Jen could not find her hot-water bottle.
Decided not to sleep, rest only. Perdeberg, Western Cape.
High Altitude of Sierras, lower pressure, more sleep she tells me.
'Supping, no,...resting with the devil' on its peak in Cape Town via the ravine trail—so easily corrupted.
Rudely woken on Hamlin Peak, Nevada. 'Sorry!'
We call it the 'Peruvian Forty-one Winks Siesta'. After 1,500 feet climb, we had a further 2,000 to go.
Slovenian light sleep before lunch on Kanin.
The Swiss Cheesy on Grosse Sheindegg.
Eureka! I found a spot to sleep on Chopok Peak, in Slovakia.
Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona. You should have seen the horse.
Koprovsky Peak, Slovakia, first false peak, the kid prepares to sleep (on right).
Black Butte Sleepy Surfboard, Shasta.
Catalina Island, room service in the wilderness.
Seeking a place to sleep in Kathmandu...not easy.
Havasu City, Arizona. Hard to tell whether his eyes are closed but he hasn't fallen.
Waking at sunrise on Koko Head, Hawaii.
Chapas Peak in Spain soon after alarm clock woke her.
"Oops! No place to sleep. Took a wrong turn in Hungary. Maybe we'll get something to eat."
Preparing sleeping quarters for the madam, in Iceland. (She wondered why I had not cut the grass.)
Sleeping in Reenen, Free State (for no charge) at sunset.
For Ever rest ing at Base Camp, Nepal.
Lago Torre, Argentina...contemplation is not considered sleeping.
La Reunion, French Indian Ocean Island, Piton des Neiges. Bon appetit and then she was gone.
In Croatia, pretending he's not sleeping...pretty sly.
"You think I'm sleeping in there?' "Sweetheart, that's the upmarket accommodation. You'll have fresh air where we'll be."
'Think of the view of Annapurna, Nepal, Lucky Girl'.

Bowl of Fire, Nevada. Caught her napping through the arch.
Never thought I'd love Las Vegas. I don't but from distance and at sunrise, it's a delight (Black Mountain, Boulder City).

Prior to maturity. But it really was a tough day reaching the peak in Cradock, South Africa.

Goodnight from New Zealand.

Sleep well and cheers, (looks like we do) 

Jenni and Jeffrey

Friday, July 23, 2021

49.31 Montana de Oro: Oats Peak, via a different route, of 12 miles.

We visited the park, Montana de Oro, on our way to Northern California and stopped in at Morro Bay on our return. This gave us another four days in a special place on the central coast. The regional park, in our opinion, is superior. It has challenging hikes with good ascents, gorgeous foliage, much color and views that are difficult to match, never mind beat. The ocean provides an additional array of sights but the real kicker is the cloud behavior over it and when they encroach over the land. The distinguished morros are an additional attraction ably supported by the bay in the distance. With weather that is mild, what more can a person ask for—a few more days in the region. 

A scene quite early, before the sun stretched and shone fully.

Shot chosen for the foliage but it also includes a hawk below.
Just as we thought we were reaching the peak, 3 or 4 times, they were false.
The morro, the bay and 'coincidentally', the town of Morro Bay
A bench and table provided on Valencia Peak.


Jenni and Jeffrey

49.29 and 49.30 Whiting Ranch Preserve, Irvine and Pismo Beach, California: Billy Goat and an ascent above Pismo Preserve.

These may not be the most challenging of hikes but they do provide outlets to local hikers (including visitors) and good views. We always marvel at the gems that exist off the beaten track and of course, are known only to locals.

A nice background as Jen makes her way along Billy Goat trail.
While the other guy looks for a shady spot to sit, a little off trail.
Jen waits patiently...I think.

Moving onto Pismo Beach, Central Coastal California. 

Dunes at rear, pier fore.
Always appreciate color.
There she goes...probably trying to create a gap from 'you know who'.
Destination above, sort of getting our heads in the clouds.
Coast line is invariably a curve.

Jenni and Jeffrey