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!
MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this moderate-plus or moderate flat walk. Meet at the Belmont Park ticket booth off of Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, and then take the #8 bus at 9:40 to Mission Blvd. arriving at 9:54, and walk across the street. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.
MERRY GO-ROUND. Start from the carousel in Balboa Park and join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. Our moderate-plus walk encompasses the harbor, downtown, Bankers Hill and bridges depending on size of group and mood. Allow 3 hours, which includes a coffee break. To use public transit, take the trolley to 3rd Ave. and C St. At 3rd Ave. and Broadway take the #7 bus at 7:42 or 7:48. Arrive at Zoo Pl. at 8:00 or 8:06. Meet Rick in the parking lot near the carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. (858) 565-7212.
Tuesday, December 1
SANTEE HISTORICAL WALK. Meet Santee Dan at the Santee Trolley stop (end of Green Line) for a casual walk (about 1 mile) to the Santee Historical Museum at 9200 Magnolia St. (drivers can drive straight here) and a visit to the Edgemoor Barn (last remnant of the poor farm). We'll tour the museum and then take an additional walk on the new river walk toward Lakeside. Save some energy for the walk back to the trolley, where we'll enjoy an optional BBQ lunch. What a fun day! (619) 249-9813.
Sunday, december 6
A HANUKKAH HOP THROUGH RANCHO SANTA FE. In anticipation of the start after sundown tonight of this festive 8-day holiday, let's trip the light fantastic by hopping through Rancho Santa Fe. With so many holiday adornments appearing this time of year, our light-hearted saunter will take us past luxurious lawns and sumptuous estates all aglow with December trimmings of many different flavors. Enjoy a moderate-plus, 3-hour prance over 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 (entry road into Morgan Run golf club). BYO water; rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).
Monday, December 7
SHOPPING THRIFT SHOPS IN SANTEE. Life doesn't get better than 75% off, and that's the Monday discount at one of the several thrift/off-price stores we'll visit. Meet at the Green Line trolley stop in Santee, and we’ll take a casual walk to at least two thrift shops and two sell-off stores before heading for a bargain lunch at a big-box store where you need a card to shop. (Dan can get you in!) Today is bargain day, and you NEED this shopping spree for the holidays! We’ll have a car to hold your treasures while you walk! Off-Price Dan (619) 249-9813.
Tuesday, December 8
Stroll South Kensington. Join us for a pleasant casual to moderate flat 1.5+ hour walk along some lesser-traveled streets in South Kensington. We'll stroll past beautiful houses and gardens (including a former house of ill repute), and walk across a pedestrian bridge. Meet at the corner of Adams Ave. and Vista St. Bus #11 stops at Adams Ave. and Biona Dr. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
Sunday, december 13
HOLIDAYS GONE TO THE DOGS; YOU CAN TOO. We'll meet at the Davis/Horton Museum House at 410 Island Ave. (4th and Island) for a visit with town dogs Bum and Bobby before a casual walk over to the meeting spot for all the animals marching in the GQA Pet Parade in the colorful Gaslamp Quarter. We'll march right with them and end up back at the museum to have our pictures taken with Father Christmas and Fido, and you'll have a great afternoon! Park at Horton Plaza garage with free validation, or on-street parking is free on Sundays. Doggone Dan (619) 249-9813.
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