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Walkabout is an all-volunteer non-profit organization offering over 850 local walks in San Diego each year, numerous low-cost day trips, overnight travel, parties, potlucks, holiday celebrations and other activities.
Established in San Diego in 1977, Walkabout promotes healthy regular exercise, social camaraderie and discovering new places.
Celebrating our 36th Anniversary Year!
December Featured Walks
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Sunday, December 1
BREAKFAST SPECIAL DOWNTOWN. Let's explore the harbor north or south with a flat, moderate, 1-hour walk to see what changes are going on downtown and along the harbor. We will start from Ruocco Park at the intersection of Harbor Dr. and Pacific Hwy. (across from former police station). Meters are free on Sundays. All trolleys go to Amtrak station and then a 15-minute walk 1 block west to Pacific Hwy. And 4 blocks south to Harbor Dr. gets you there. Optional breakfast follows. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.
Saturday, december 7
AN RSF THROUGH RSF. As the holidaze embrace/invade us, escape on an RSF (really sensational "feet") through RSF (Rancho Santa Fe). Stretch your legs past luxurious lawns and sumptuous estates all aglow with December trimmings on a lively, moderate-plus paced, 3-hour walk that features mixed-up and -down trails and pathways. Look for Larry at the corner of Via de la Valle (aka route S-6) and Cancha de Golf (which leads into the Morgan Run Resort). BYO water; rainwater cancels! Larry@walkabout-int.org or (858) 755-1751 (evenings and weekends).
Tuesday, DECEMBER 10
CHRISTMAS DOWNTOWN. Let's take a look at the decorations before the last minute rush. We'll take a moderate walk through the streets and lobbies to admire the trees and decorations. Then follow with an optional snack at a nearby restaurant. Meet by the Balboa Theater at 4th Ave. and E St. Note that parking is free in Horton Plaza for 3 hours if you enter after 9:30 am. Or take a trolley or any of many buses that go downtown. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.
Wednesday, DECEMBER 11
CORONADO - BAY AND OCEAN. Robert and Friends will do a casual, 1-hour flat walk to view the bay and the remodeled civic buildings of Coronado, then cross over to the ocean side and walk past the high-rise condominiums south of the Hotel Del. We can also see the Christmas tree in the Hotel Del. We will meet in front of the Boat House Restaurant on Strand Way. Take Orange Ave. south past the Hotel Del and the Boat House restaurant to the first traffic light, turn left, then left again onto Strand Way. There is free parking in the Boat House parking lot or on Strand Way. For public transport, take or transfer to the #901 bus ("Iris Trolley") from the 12th and Imperial Transit Center and get off just past the Hotel Del before 9:45 am, proceed across Orange Ave. and down the hill to the Boat House Restaurant meeting place. Optional eats afterward. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.
Friday, December 13
Holiday Superstition Walk'n Talk. Let's meet in front of the Balboa Theater downtown at 4th Ave. & E St. for a casual looksee downtown and see where the superstition spirit moves us. We'll relay some good and bad luck stories about downtown and you can share your own holiday superstitions. We'll walk for about 90 minutes. Take the bus or trolley downtown or park with validation at Horton Plaza garage. Rain cancels. "Lucky Dan" (email@example.com).
Saturday, December 14
62nd Annual Las Posadas Old Town. This lighted procession walk re-creates the Christmas family in search of a place to stay and ending up in a stable. It's very moving, and we'll move too, at a casual pace. Consider bringing a flashlight. Meet at the Old Town trolley station under the clock. Parking in the area will be tight, so plan to take the Green Line trolley. Procession starts at 5 pm; carolers start at 2 pm if you want to go early. Rain cancels. "Santa Dan" (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, December 17
Holiday Decorations in Balboa Park. Meet Marilyn B. in front of the Timken Museum of Art, where we will begin our 1 hour, casual pace tour of the park and its holiday decorations. We will start with the Timken Museum of Art lobby tree, which is decorated with unique handmade beaded ornaments, many made by Walkabout's very own Elizabeth Schlappi. She will share the story of the ornaments and how Walkabout got involved. Walkabout volunteers decorate the tree each year as a long-standing tradition starting with Downtown Sam in 1989. Who will be the first to spot the Walkabout ornament? Next stop is the Botanical Building to see the poinsettias. From there we will check out whatever interests us and finish up at the Mingei International Museum. Join Marilyn afterwards to see the many exhibits at the Mingei (free on the 3rd Tuesday each month for local residents; be sure to bring your ID with you). Rain cancels. Marilyn B. (619) 692-0536.
Wednesday, DECEMBER 18
Golden Hill History and Surprises. This 1-1/2 hr., flat, casual walk is filled with San Diego history and some little surprises. Meet by the blue mailbox at the corner of 25th and A Sts. Walk may be slow as Larraine pushes her wheeled walker. Bring money for optional lunch. Only heavy rain cancels. (619) 583-7644.
Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Downtown Walk. Let's meet at the Balboa Theater (4th Ave. & E St.) for a festive, casual stretch downtown and see who's sneaking out of work early for the holiday. Maybe Santa has left us early presents somewhere in the downtown streets! Rain cancels the walk but not the spirit! "Grinchy Dan," email@example.com.
Thursday, december 26
Sunrise Series: HOLIDAY SPIRITS STILL WITH US. Let's walk along the ocean front at Crystal Pier at the foot of Garnet St. in Pacific Beach. Allow time for parking (limited parking by the pier; plenty along the streets near the drugstore.) We will walk a half hour at a moderate pace with two leaders. Verna will act as a caboose for the more casual group and appoint one of the faster walkers to take the lead for that group. We are hoping for good waves and sunlight outlining the tops of the incoming "biggies". Upon our return to the pier we will enjoy one of our favorite breakfast places. Verna (619) 276-3055.
SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK Let's walk off a few calories BEFORE Thanksgiving dinner. Join Sandra, Sally and Friends will do a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai Restaurant to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.2 miles round trip, about 60-70 minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to wildlife. You may stop at one of the many benches and rejoin us on the return leg. Meet at east end of the island to the right of the Bali Hai by the lamp post and hand rails, where we will stretch for a few minutes. If you're late, drive down the island and join us along the way. Take the #28 bus and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Bali Hai where there is ample free parking. Optional eats afterward. Rain cancels. Join us - just for the health of it! Sally R. (619) 222-3800.
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