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.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

54.19 KwaZulu-Natal: Mpumalanga Traverse and into the storm. 54.22 George taking us on a hike.

Order has its own beauty. 
Something about this scene is special...still thinking about it.
Sugarloaf from another position.
Sun lights up a peak before the storm.
Jen heads down after the storm passes.
Who are you looking at, fella? This is a second cousin to the couple that we photographed a few weeks back. We think the relationship is on the mother's side.
It's about the light.
And that's Camel Hump from another angle as well.
If we hadn't stopped for breakfast, I was told, we might have missed the storm. Had we not had breakfast, the fall-out might have been greater. Heads you lose, tails you...
Jen rushes for her poncho...the rain has arrived in the left corner.
I don't know whether I have to pitch or get wacked. Lightning storms bring out a strange part of Jenni. And on a freeway, too? 

This was an unusual hike, shorter than usual, as we were rather tired after a tough set of previous outings. We decided to keep up the momentum but at a slower pace rather than declare it a rest day. We introduced George a few weeks ago. He's a tough little dog, versatile and not without personality. George determines whether he will join you for a hike. He also gets under one's feet which is exacerbated on the narrow edges. He has not learned much etiquette of the slopes. However, he makes up for it by sheer entertainment and staying power. 

  On occasions, he'll disappear at which time we'd become nervous that the mutt is lost. After calling out for a while, we notice after a short gap, he'll return. He does it in a nonchalant manner. Jenni has taken to George and I think the sentiment is mutual. However, he is often aloof but that may just be George not wishing to show too much affection and allow us to believe we're good friends. As guests are only resident for a day or a few, we believe George avoids relationships. For example, we purchased dog-treats for our second visit. We found that when we offered them to him, he played hard-to-get. He turned up his nose and walked away. A short while later, the treats were gone. We know that nobody else ate them. We'll miss George...but only a little. 

Guess who and George, as we stop at a camp. 
  Water, water everywhere and plenty for George to drink.

 Jenni and Jeffrey

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