Welcome to Walkabout International!
WALKABOUT is an all-volunteer non-profit organization offering over 850 local walks 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 comaraderie and discovering new places.
Celebrating our 38th Anniversary Year!
October Featured Walks
3:00 pm ***Note New Location & Time***
WEDNESDAY WORKOUT. Join us at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills next to Grant School at Washington Pl. and Randolph St. for a 1½ hour moderate-plus walk. We head in a different direction each week to explore Old Town, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, or Mission Hills. Rain cancels. Come and have some fun! Barbara N. (619) 226-3024.
5:00 pm ***Note New Time***
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Come see the great views and picturesque homes and gardens of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. Meet at the coffee shop at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
OKTOBERFEST COMES TO LA MESA. Let's meet to find out what changes are planned for this year's La Mesa Oktoberfest. We will take a casual walk around the city and through the center to see the great costume store and all the other charming shops in the Village of La Mesa. Optional lunch follows at one of the many German choices, sandwich shops, or a nearby Mexican restaurant. Meet at the Senior Center of La Mesa at La Mesa Blvd. and Memorial Dr. Parking lot across the street by the ballpark. Rain cancels. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
BALBOA PARK GARDENS AND MUSEUMS. Meet Stella at one of the tables in front of the Art Museum for a one-hour casual walk through the Sculpture, Alcazar, Rose and Desert gardens. Afterward, you're invited to stay on for a visit to the History Center and the Museum of Photographic Arts (both free today for San Diego residents). Parking should be available behind the Organ Pavilion, but allow a little extra time for an alternative if the lot is full. (619) 232-3756.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SURVIVES. Meet Derek and Stella outside the Balboa Theater at 4th Ave. and E St. to help them revive this old favorite! It will be a one-hour casual walk with the usual optional stop for fish tacos. Free 3-hour validated parking available at Horton Plaza (619) 298-4891 or 232-3756.
Tuesday, October 20
Courts of Mission Beach. We will wind back and forth along the charming walkways called "courts" between Mission Boulevard and Bayside Walk. We'll see some new large houses on tiny lots and a few of the older funky cottages with character, plus get a beautiful view of Mission Bay. Meet in the Belmont Park parking lot on Mission Blvd. for a flat, casual to moderate 1.5 hour plus walk. Bus # 8 stops at Mission Bay Dr. and Mission Blvd. Rains cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
WEDNESDAY, October 21
EL PRADO AND SPANISH VILLAGE - BALBOA PARK. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, flat, paved safari at casual speed around the northern section of Balboa Park. We are in no hurry, so you will be able to relax and observe the wonders of the park. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Meet at the Balboa Park Fountain on the Prado near Park Blvd. Free parking on paved lots at Park Blvd. and Village Pl. To use public transit, take the #7 bus north or south on Park Blvd., exit at Village Place at approximately 9:15. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.
Friday, October 23
One-Way south Park to Downtown. We'll meet at 30th & Grape St. in South Park (parking on street) for a casual, one-way 1.5 mile walk from South Park into downtown. This walk is ideal for those with transit passes who can jump on #2 bus at the end of the walk and head back to our starting point or bring bus money to return. We'll visit a dog park and some stately homes in South Park, as well as a wonderful downhill saunter through Golden Hill. Rain cancels. One-Way Dan (619) 249-9813.
Sunday, october 25
TRICKY TRAIPSING THROUGH DEL MAR. Howl with delight over discovering the tricky corners and eerie crevices and crevasses of Del Mar on a 3-hour moderate-plus prance along mixed-up and -down terrain in anticipation of Halloween. Be treated to secret trails and mysterious pathways with spook-tacular ocean vistas as we wander through little-known corners of Del Mar. Look for Larry at the northwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and Durango Dr., 6 blocks west of I-5's Del Mar Heights exit. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).
Tuesday, October 27
One-Way Washington Street Trolley Stop to Downtown. We'll meet at the Trolley stop on Washington St. between Kettner Blvd. and PCH. There is parking on side streets but you might have to look a bit. We'll walk 1.5 miles from here to downtown at a casual pace with stops to peruse Little Italy and Middletown. It's ideal for those with transit passes, or bring money to ride back to the starting point via bus or trolley. Rain cancels. Dan-in-Downtown (619) 249-9813.
Saturday, October 31
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR. Join us on our 4th annual walk to see 20+ decorated homes along Maryland St. where the neighbors pitch in for a one-night extravaganza: fire-breathing dragons, Frankenstein, numerous gravestones, and other tomfoolery. Costumes are optional, flashlights are suggested for this casual walk. We’ll leave from Trolley Barn Park at Adams Ave. and Florida St. (bus #11). Sharon N. (619) 298-4340.
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