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Walkabout International february 2016


These walks repeat every week this month at the same location, day, and time.


10:00 am

CROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes as a guest leader takes the group on a moderate to moderate-plus flat walk for about 2 hours with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont St., turn left on Lamont St., then right on Crown Point Dr. to meet at the west end of the parking lot by the park’s southern end restrooms. To use public transit, take the trolley to Old Town and board the #9 bus at 9:10, get off at La Cima Dr. and walk 3 blocks east to the parking lot. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.


6:30 pm

ABOVE THE BAY. Join us for some exercise and fabulous views of the lights around Mission Bay. Meet by Carl's Jr. at Clairemont Dr. and Burgener Blvd. for a hilly, 1-hour plus, moderate to moderate-plus walk (see Thomas Guide 1248-F6). Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is "on" for the week.


3:00 pm

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.


10:00 am

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.

10:00 am

SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK BUNCH. Sandra, Sally and Friends will do a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai Restaurant to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 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.

10:15 am

MORNING STROLL IN BALBOA PARK. Meet at the Senior Lounge across from the Museum of Photographic Arts to walk at a casual pace through beautiful Balboa Park for about 45 minutes. Terrain is flat and mostly paved. Stay after for optional coffee. For public transit, use the #7 bus. Rain cancels. Mary T. (619) 291-1349.


4:30 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Come see the great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. The walk ends within 15 minutes of sunset so flashlights aren’t needed and there will be light to enjoy the views. 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.


8:15 am

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.

Hike wednesdays & saturdays

Time: TBA

WILDERNESS HIKE. Details e-mailed a day or two before. IMPORTANT HIKE INFO: Park on the street in front of the Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South (west of Texas St.). Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers. Bring lunch, 2-3 quarts of water, sun and rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. “First timers" must call the leader. All participants must be in top condition, well prepared for trail conditions and will be accepted at the leader’s discretion. Hikers must be able to keep pace with the group. Check as weather or unusual conditions may cause the hike to be moved or canceled. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant hike leader as noted below.


Contact Information

Feb 3

Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or

Feb 6


Feb 10

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Feb 13

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Feb 17

Mike L. (858) 455-0738

Feb 20

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Feb 24

Rita C: (619) 482-0052

Feb 27

Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or



Monday, February 1

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH SHORE. Meet at the South Shores Boat Launch just east of Sea World on Mission Bay. Hopefully we’ll see some rabbits and the great sea birds there. Take I-5 to Sea World Dr. and go west to the South Shores Boat Launch Ramp area. Watch for the sign, it is not very prominent. We’ll meet at the restrooms at the boat launch. Optional breakfast follows this moderate, flat 1-hour walk. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

11:00 am

Downtown Delights and Mini-concert. Meet Dan H. at Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. for a 1-hour casual walk enjoying the new sights of downtown. The walk will end at noon for a mini-concert at the Lyceum Theater at Horton Plaza. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat in the theater and enjoy the Steph Johnson Trio. Donations to the concert are welcomed, but there's no admission charge. If you park at Horton Plaza garage, have your parking ticket validated at Lyceum, which gives you more free time downtown. Rain does not cancel. (619) 249-9813.

Tuesday, February 2

11:00 am

Alleys of University Heights. Having just moved back to UH to unfurnished digs, Dan H. needs help on a casual walk to scour the alleys to fill up his place. Enjoy some back door views as we take an unconventional look at the backside of this interesting neighborhood. Be Dan’s guest for lunch at his home afterward, but unless you find a chair, we'll sit on the floor. Rain does not cancel. An RSVP for food purposes would be helpful! or (619) 249-9813.

WEDNESDAY, February 3

10:00 am

OCEAN BEACH EXPLORATION. Enjoy varied terrain, interesting homes, beautiful gardens, and the ocean on this casual 1 to 1-1/2 hour walk. Meet in the first parking lot to the right, opposite the ball field, after entering Robb Field. Take I-8 West to the end, turn left (south) onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd, keep in the right lane and turn right (west) onto West Pt Loma Blvd. Turn right at Bacon St. for the entrance to Robb Field. For public transit, take the #35 bus west to Ocean Beach, exit at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and West Pt. Loma Blvd. at approx. 9:30 am, and walk west 2 blocks on West Pt. Loma Blvd. to the Bacon St. entrance of Robb Field. Bring money for optional eats afterward. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, February 4

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Meet Connie at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Saturday, February 6

10:30 am

Point Loma Nazarene University to Ocean Beach Pier. This 8th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks” begins at Point Loma Nazarene University in the Point Loma area and travels through the campus to the cliffs above the ocean before heading north along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to the end at Ocean Beach Pier. A casual to moderate walk of 4.4 miles that includes lunch on your own dime in Ocean Beach. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) on the parking side of the station at platform “M” where we will take Bus 28 for a 19-minute ride to Shelter Island to begin our adventure. Afterward, we will take Bus 35 from Ocean beach back to OTTC. Adults bring $4.50 ($3.30 seniors) in cash or load $5 on your Compass Card for a full day transit pass. Email Dan D. at and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.

6:00 pm

Downtown Live Saturday Night! Meet at Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. for a 1-hour casual jaunt on downtown streets seeking out the new and different. Park for free with 3-hr. validation at the Horton Plaza garage. Some in the group may join up for an optional supper near the end of the walk. Rain cancels. Sat. Night Dan (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, February 7

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ON SHELTER ISLAND. Ships and seagulls will delight us as we walk as far around Shelter Island as we wish at our own speed. Time out to pet cute dogs. The walk is mostly flat, but we might go along the shore and some might go up the hill for the views. Optional breakfast follows to eat and chat. Meet at Shelter Island Dr. and Anchorage Ln. This intersection is served by the 6:45 #28 bus. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, February 8

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LAKE MURRAY. Walk at your own pace for 1 hour on a mostly flat path around the lake. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet in the main parking lot on the left as you approach the lake. Optional breakfast follows. Betty (858) 248-3782.

Tuesday, February 9

11:00 am

Architectural History: University Heights' Cottage Communities. You've seen them while driving past...small communities of tiny cottages grouped together -- a precursor to mid- and high-rises? A step down from single family homes? Let's learn a bit about them and even step inside one such community as we seek several out on this casual walk. Meet under the UH lighted sign at Park Blvd. and Madison Ave. Optional Mexican lunch afterward. Rain cancels. Cottage Dan (619) 249-9813.

Thursday, February 11

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new. Meet at the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. for this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Saturday, February 13

7:15 am

LATE BIRDS. For those of us who can't get up in time for the Sunrise Series, Anna T. will lead a flat 1-hour walk at your own pace around Pacific Beach, followed by an optional breakfast. Take the #30 bus at 6:45 from Old Town, exit at Mission Blvd. Meet in front of Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Rain cancels. (619) 231-7463.

Saturday, February 13

10:00 am

Ocean Beach Pier to Belmont Park in Mission Beach. This 9th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks” begins from directly under Ocean Beach Pier and passes along the southern portion of the Mission Bay Channel leading into Mission Bay. We will pass over the channel on West Mission Bay Blvd. to arrive at Belmont Park for brunch on your own dime. This is a flat, casual to moderate 3.4 mile walk. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 10:00 at bus platform L, where Bus 35 to Ocean Beach will depart at 10:15 from the side of the station where the parking lot is found. After walk, we will return to OTTC on Bus 8 from Mission Blvd. Bring exact change for each bus ride ($2.25 for adults or $1.10 for seniors). Email Dan D. at and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.

6:00 pm

Saturday Night Live Downtown! Meet at Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. for a 1-hour casual trollop on downtown streets in search of an early Valentine. Wear red so we know you're available! (For some of us, this may be the closest thing we get to a date!) Park for free with 3-hr. validation at the Horton Plaza garage. Optional supper afterward. Rain cancels. Dan'l Cupid (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, February 14

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful any time of the year with many paths to explore on this flat walk at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward (Greek?) is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

monday, february 15

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH. We never know what we’ll see – dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters, surfers and, of course, the birds. Meet at Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. to walk at your own pace on flat terrain for about 1 hour. We usually have two groups – you can join the faster walkers or slow down to enjoy conversation. Optional breakfast follows. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Tuesday, February 16

11:00 am

Remembering Larraine Marshall and Her Golden Hill Walk. We lost a treasure when Larraine left us last month, but we'll remember her fondly on the walk she loved to lead for more than 30 years! Meet Dan H. at 25th & B St. for a casual walk around the park and then the west portion of Golden Hill as we relive the sights that Larraine loved to tell us about. Bring photos and plan to share stories of the "Queen Mother of Walkabout." An optional lunch follows at her favorite coffee house with more reminiscing. Rain won't cancel. (619) 249-9813.

3:00 pm

South Mission Beach Courts. We will wind back and forth along the charming walkways called "courts" between Mission Blvd. and Ocean Front Walk. We'll see a great variety of architecture, including the "Tugboat House", as we watch the waves roll in. Meet in the Belmont Park parking lot on Mission Blvd. (east of the roller coaster) for a flat, casual to moderate 1.5 hour walk. Bus #8 stops at Mission Bay Dr. and Mission Blvd. Rain Cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

WEDNESDAY, February 17

10:00 am

BALBOA PARK CORK STOPPER. Join Robert and Friends for a casual 1-hour walk; half city streets, half squirrel land, including the Marston House grounds. Enjoy the splendor of our downtown forest. See the famous Balboa Park cork tree. Optional eating afterward. Meet at 6th Ave. and Spruce St. Free parking on Balboa Dr. in the park with the entrance at Upas St. Note that there is no parking on the park side of 6th Ave. on Wednesday mornings. To use public transit from the north, take bus #3 (“Euclid Trolley”). Exit at 4th Ave. and Spruce St. at approximately 9:33, walk 0.1 mile east to 6th St. From the south, take bus #3 (“UCSD Hospital”). Exit at 5th Ave. and Redwood St. at approximately 9:39, walk 0.1 mile northeast to 6th Ave. and Spruce St. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

thursday, february 18

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE RIVER AT LIBERTY STATION. Join Edie for a moderate, 1-hour walk on mostly paved, level paths. We’ll meet in the parking area near the river at the south end of Womble St. From the south, take I-5 to the Pacific Hwy. exit, veer to the left onto Barnett Ave., turn left into Liberty Station, turn left at Womble St. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until you see Vons on your left – Womble St. is the next left turn. Optional breakfast follows. (619) 222-4396.

Saturday, February 20

10:15 am

Belmont Park in Mission Beach to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. This 10th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks begins at Belmont Park and initially runs south to the Mission Bay Channel entrance where Mission Beach begins, then travels northward, splitting walking time at the tide line on the hard-packed sand with walking along the boardwalk and arriving at the quaint wooden Crystal Pier (built in 1927). Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 10:15 am at Bus Platform J for Bus 8 (leaving at 10:23) from the parking side of the station and we will return on Bus 30 from Pacific Beach after optional lunch. This is a flat, casual to moderate 3.7 mile walk. Bring cash for 2 buses ($2.25 for adults or $1.10 for seniors) and optional lunch. Email Dan D. at and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.

10:30 am

Cabrillo Annual Whale Watching Weekend & Intertidal Life Festival. It's kind of a mouthful, but according to the website, this national park is free for President's Day weekend. We'll meet up at the visitor center to enjoy a casual walk (some hills) and take in the festival sites. Bring snacks or lunch since food is not usually available here. There may be a parking fee. Rain won't cancel. Whale o'a'Dan (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, February 21

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG EAST MISSION BAY. Let’s take a flat walk at your own speed to see the birds, boats, and views. Optional breakfast and chatting follow. Meet on Mission Bay Dr. by the restrooms just south of Clairemont Dr. If the road/parking lot is closed for an event, we will meet in the restaurant parking lot at Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river or Old Town. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

9:15 am

AFOOT THROUGH RANCHO SF FANTASY. Prance along pulchritudinous pathways in a pristine promised land perfect for pedestrian pursuits. Pow! Explore some little traversed trails in the remarkable realm of Rancho Santa Fe on a 3-hour, moderate-plus parade over mixed up and down terrain. Look for Larry in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Library at 17040 Avenida De Acacias near the corner of La Granada (route S-9). BYO water; rainwater cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, February 22

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Sunset Cliffs. We’ll take a 1 hour, flat walk at your own pace. Take I-8 West toward the beach. Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd, then slight right to stay on Sunset Cliffs Blvd for 1.7 miles to Point Loma Avenue, turn left and park on the street. Meeting place is Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Tuesday, February 23

11:00 am

(ab)Normal Heights Walk. There’s a newish thrift shop in the 'hood, and we'll stop in and pay a visit; maybe Dan can get you a discount! Meet at 35th & Adams Ave., parking on the street or take the #11 bus. We'll take a casual walk through parks, see the local library, and try to find an antique shop on Antique Row. An optional lunch follows. Rain cancels. Discount Dan (619) 249-9813.

Thursday, February 25

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge and park at the second small parking area on your left. Optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Saturday, February 27

6:00 pm

Downtown Saturday Night Live! Meet Dan at Balboa Theater at 4th & E St. for a 1-hour casual walk on downtown streets in search of fun and frolic! You can park for 3 hrs. free with validation in the Horton Plaza garage or take the bus or trolley. An optional dinner follows. Rain cancels. SNL Dan (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, February 28

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll walk along the ocean admiring the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the west end of Garnet Ave. by Crystal Pier. From Old Town Transit Center, take the #8 bus at 6:30. Rain cancels or postpones. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, February 29

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SAN DIEGO RIVER. Let’s take a flat moderate walk along the San Diego River as we go west as far as we please and then return at your own pace. We can listen for the birds, admire the river and check out if any new stores have been built. Meet at the IHOP restaurant next to Mark Twain in the shopping center at Fenton Pkwy. south of Friar’s Rd. Trolley stop is nearby. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

11:00 am

Leapin' Lizards Leap Year Walk and Concert! We can only do this casual walk every 4 years at most, so join us for a 1-hour downtown walk, followed by a free mini-concert at the Lyceum Theater. This week it's the Sue Palmer trio, and her music is trailer park great! You can bring a bag lunch in to enjoy, and throw a few bucks in the glass jar as a donation, just to keep things "free". Rain may cancel the walk but not the concert. Park for free with validation at Horton Plaza garage and meet at 4th and E St. outside Balboa Theater. Validate at the Lyceum for more free time if you're attending the concert. Leapin' Dan (619) 249-9813.