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, December 30, 2021

2021: A Year of/in Color: Some highlights of 2021with emphasis away from recently published hikes.

 As we reach the completion of another year and find the years seem to pass quicker than the days, we've identified a few shots that appear to be a reasonable sample of some of our activities throughout the year. Other than two trips to South Africa, one in which we did not hike, the last two years have been based in the United States. As Galen Rowell, a famous photographer and hiker/climber once stated, "Should I never have left the Sierra Nevada (USA), it would have been sufficient." 

 We have discovered, because we are 'particularly smart', that the United States is a very large country, filled with natural beauty and Jenni. (Bet you did not know that.) 

 We completed in excess of 160 hikes this past year, covered well over 1,000 miles in distance and gained elevation of approximately 55 miles. Perhaps best of all, each occasion was both an adventure and discovery, even for the repeats. 

  Pictures from hikes, over at least 16 weeks, in Page, the Bay Area, South Africa and mostly Utah, including further weeks elsewhere, have been omitted with very few exceptions.  

Jester Trail, Yuma, Az. (Love this action shot, the position is great, the hiker, fabulous.)

Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Kelso Dunes, California.
Spenser Hike, Arizona, first of two visits.
Montana de Oro, California, with a view of Morro Bay.
World War 2 memorial to airmen killed in a crash, Yuma, AZ. Components of the aircraft litter the mountain.
A high point on Catalina Island.
Autumn in the mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Roosevelt Dam, Tonto National Forest, Arizona.
Colorado River, Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Grandeur Peak (East approach), Utah.
Following two scenes are at Lake Valle, Livermore, California.
Haunting scene viewed from the dunes of Montana de Oro, CA.
Picacho, Arizona.
Oates Peak via Spooner Trail, Montana de Oro.
Berryessa Lake, California.
The next two photographs are from the first of two visits to Page. The latter visit shots are excluded.
When a person approaches 70, it appears they have to prove they still have it, whatever that 'it' is. Some may think it's showing off (true) others might say, "if he wants to perform let him." I always remember one woman explaining about her errant child: 'At least he doesn't take drugs.' Hmm! As if that explains and justifies everything.
Bell Falls Hike, Utah.
Grandeur Peak (East approach), Utah.
Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo, CA. What can one say about the smile?
Jen avoids the potential danger to her right on Black Butte, Shasta, CA.
Another trail at Berryessa Lake, California. A very powerful visual.
Jen stands on the ledge at Castle Crags, Shasta, CA.
The formidable Mount Shasta, California showing off Red Butte.
Near Palm Desert, California.
Jenni returning from Helen Lake, Mount Shasta, CA.
Another trail at Berryessa Lake, California.
Spenser Trail, Arizona.
A view on Mount Eddy, Shasta National Forest, California.
A close up of the Morro.
Babab Doag, Tucson.
Tonto National Forest.
Autumn in Utah.
Another visit to Spenser Trail, Arizona.
Tonto National Forest.
Berryessa Lake, California, yet another trail.
Catalina Island.
January's kayak trip to Antelope Point and Canyon.

Jenni and Jeffrey

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

50.46 Arizona: Page: Completion of the Antelope Canyon hike, approached by water. (Additional but different views.)

The beauty of the early morning, anywhere in the world. Turn to Page.
We took a kayak to reach the trailhead from which point we walked in the canyon. The day before, we hiked above the canyon looking down at the water. The contrast was obvious, both experiences were superb. The kayaking, for amateurs such as ourselves, takes just under an hour each way. It's a grind but the sights are fantastic and once arriving at the lake/river end, gets even better. It's an incredible experience that takes, as all good things do, much effort while draining the muscles of their strength. It's something we feel we should do on each trip to Page. 

A major reason for the hike.

Just arrived. 

 In the beginning, all looks well.
At the proverbial coal-face.
Above the water, the previous day.
Jen on the previous day: Much drier except for the sweat.

Jenni and Jeffrey