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 28, 2021

51.07 Free State and KwaZulu-Natal: Out and about in South Africa for too short a trip: Verdict: Love it.

South Africa's most honest weather report: Clarens, Free State. (Where's the rock?)
Drakensberg Retreat: Gone scrambling. This is an abandoned trail. The manager, Theo, related a story of a young gymnast who fell over the cliff and died 3-years before. He rushed to the scene but the situation was hopeless. It was heartbreaking for all concerned who tried to rescue her, besides of course, the tragedy for the young woman. 
Everest Game Farm with the Eagle prominent. 

The highlight of the trip for me was listening and observing how Jen stimulated and took care of Mom. Her finest hours. The picture to the left is of Wendy, my late sister, who died before her 40th.

By popular vote, most say they prefer this side of me. One wonders about the kindness of friends.
Mom explaining some of the finer points of administrative steps undertaken by a 93-year old, or everything I learned at college was wasted.
Our rendition of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow"—it was beautiful to listen to...maybe, observe.

By this time, Jen had had enough of potential snake attacks emanating from the long grass following her confrontation with a puff-adder the day before. She deals with snakes; I'm searching for the far more 'dangerous antelope'. The good news we learned just before our departure is that the snake should make a full recovery following the vicious attack suffered. Nevertheless, the 'hissing' amongst the local crawlers and winders is to remain low until that woman leaves the region. Apparently, some wise serpent announced that Eve had returned after a long absence This is unconfirmed in both the local papers, 'Under the Rocks' and the 'Tree-Swinger'.
You can see the issue: The arrow is pointing the other way. It's a one-way (abandoned) trail, Sweetheart.
Never thought I'd see this sight of someone who dislikes phones. Supposed to hold on for dear life, Dear, not the phone, though. 
We were on Mount can still dream.
Sterkfontein Dam, colossal and full.
There were two reasons we visited South Africa. The first was to enjoy scones (with 5-Roses tea) at Shafflers Nursery, a place we find delightful. The other reason was...I forget now. 

Jenni and Jeffrey

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