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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

A Random Selection as we reach a Dozen Years of Hike-about.

Understandably, pictures from many countries are missing but as mentioned, it's a daunting task to keep the numbers few while trying to capture unique views. Even between the two of us, we both believe the best pictures are still in the library. As our son Gavin is wont to say, "What you gonna do."

Hungary 2018: And I laughed when people told me men could fall pregnant.
El Califate, Argentina: Swan Lake's first rendition in the southern hemisphere.
"Give me your tired, your huddled masses"...I welcome you to this wonderful desert in Nevada (No gambling allowed on the sand though)."
Bansko, Bulgaria at dawn. Jen wakes me to see this...what was she thinking?
Rock climbing on Mount Meron—Israel 2010.
Vive La France—Chamonix and "Hello to Yves".
She's so spoiled...breakfast in bed and not even her birthday—Catalina Island.
Kepler trek, New you tell us.
'Okay, then we'll just 'hang-out or over'.
Jan and Jenni...'in awe' is too easy a phrase to express. Krakow, Poland.
Romania, home of Julio and George, two very fine people. We are fortunate to have met and stayed with them. Hopefully, Jenni will be fortunate, too. 

Can break a person's heart, the struggles facing the kids in Nepal.
Opposite Mount Everest, reaching 18,500 feet.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina.

Sunrise at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.
Tozal de Mallo, Spain. On the outside looking in (down).
Spenser Trail, near Page, Arizona.
Iceland. As a hiker, this could be considered cheating. Definitely not a snowmobile.
Jen looking gorgeous...Ho hum! There's the chain ladders of the Sentinel (South Africa/Lesotho), by the way.
Trying to match Jen's 'feet'/feat in Bulgaria.
Peru: Machu Picchu, early one morning on the way to the mountain of the same name.
Slovakia, bordering Poland. Facing the last leg to reach Koprovsky Peak.
Greece: Mount Olympus, on the way to the peak.
Lake Mead, Boulder City, Nevada. Arizona other side of the lake.
From the highpoint, catching all 7 Rila lakes, Bulgaria.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii...approaching the peak after a big climb. Apparently, a 'secret code' when the flow of air to the brain slows down at 14,000 feet.
Plitvika, Croatia.
Barenschutz Klamm, Austria.
Sliding Sands, Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii.
After a long walk, we approach our new home, Spis Castle in Slovakia.
Jenni returning from peak of Mount Taranaki, New Zealand.

Jenni and Jeffrey

Monday, May 30, 2022

54.25/26 Dumbe deep followed by Dumbe wide followed by two tired dumm(b)ies.

Here's trouble after returning from the hike. (Don't you love it when you have to walk to and from the trailhead, over 2 miles?) Jen's been bitten by a snake, confronted wolves, bears, stepped over a python, a few adders too but when in Nepal, she was attacked by a cow, life changed. Since then, cattle are no longer passive animals in her mind. Here we go:
Meantime, we hear 'recycle, recycle' all day. We do that well when it comes to our body fluids in the wilderness. Now we are the 'ultimate recycler'. Sending the remaining yoghurt down the stream, returning it to the cows drinking below. This of course allows the cows to produce flavored milk, an added bonus. Another advantage: The cow strains the granadilla pips. Does life get any better?
One of us eats, the other recycles. I suppose eating is a form of recycling or leads to it.
One of our favorite views of the Amphitheatre. We would think very few reach this point, it's a remote area with terrible access.
The high point: Cathedral Peak at rear.
It's about the approach...I think.
Pleasing scenes as we explore deeper into Dumbe.


Jenni and Jeffrey

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Following the opening picture, these were taken earlier that morning from various locations in El Chalten, Argentina.

On the extreme left is Cerro Torre. It is the main subject depicted in the opening picture. We were taken in by it then and little has changed since.