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Measured in miles per hour

Half Speed: 1-2 MPH

Casual: 2 -3 MPH

Moderate: 3 MPH

Moderate plus: 3 1/2 MPH

Brisk: 4 MPH

Very Brisk: Over 4 MPH


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Walkabout International will participate in two of San Diego’s biggest senior health fairs

U-T Successful Living Expo

Saturday, January 24, 9 am to 4 pm

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, CA 92108

Several thousand attendees


Sharp Women’s Health Conference

Saturday, March 14, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

Limited to 1,000 Attendees


We will have a booth at each of these events promoting Walkabout in the community. Come join us! About 25 to 30 days before the date of the event, look for our e-blast (e-mail) with all of the details asking for volunteers to help set-up, take-down, and work in our booth. Our volunteers are what keep us going. Thanks for all of your help! Marilyn Buckley, Walkabout International Public Relations Coordinator.


Walkabout International january 2015



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 ***NO WALK NEW YEAR’S DAY***

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 Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, 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 ***NO WALK NEW YEAR’S DAY***

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 ***NO WALK NEW YEAR’S DAY***

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 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. Wear white at night. Pat P. (619) 291-6162.


6:00 pm

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, LIVES! Join our varied leaders as we rejuvenate one of Walkabout's most venerable evening walks, a casual pace through the downtown streets of San Diego in search of the new and different in the heart of the city. Meet outside the historic Balboa Theater entrance (4th Ave. & E St.) for a 90-minute visit downtown. The route (and leaders) may vary each week, and an optional dinner gathering follows. Take public transitation or consider free, machine validated 3-hr. parking offered at the Horton Plaza parking garage. Rain cancels. Leaders: Dan, Donna, and Jerry. (619) 231-7463.


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 pace 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

Jan 3

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or

Jan 7

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

Jan 10

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Jan 14

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Jan 17

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or

Jan 21

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Jan 24

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

Jan 28

Rita C: (619) 482-0052

Jan 31

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or



Thursday, January 1

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: GREET THE NEW YEAR AND THE SUN. 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.

9:00 am

Annual new years day walk in rancho bernardo. Frances S., a longtime participant, will lead Jim Attig’s annual walk for approximately 5 miles at a casual pace (2.5 to 3 mph) over the gorgeous, sometimes hilly terrain enjoyed on this walk in years past. Rain cancels. Bring water, hat, and sunscreen. Meet in front of Rancho Bernardo Winery at 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte. Take I-15 to Rancho Bernardo Rd. exit and travel east to turn left onto Pomerado Rd., and then right onto Paseo del Verano Norte to the winery. We would love to see you and to wish everyone a very happy new year! Frances (858) 538-1435.

11:00 am

CORONADO "CRUISE." Kick off a healthy New Year by joining us for a moderate 1-1/2 to 2-hour flat walk (1 small hill) in beautiful Coronado with an optional lunch break a little more than halfway through. We'll take the road less traveled to explore Coronado’s non-touristy south end while enjoying sea breezes, city views, and a unique view of the bridge. For those who want to drop out early, there are several places to take a short cut back or catch the bus along Orange Ave. Take the I-5 over the Coronado Bridge, continue to Orange Ave., turn right until the street ends at First Ave., turn right a few blocks to the Ferry Landing shopping center on the left. Allow a few extra minutes to find parking, which is free ONLY in the lot on the north side (by the American flag) or park on the street. Meet at the center's entrance near the flag pole. Rain cancels. Fran W. (619) 271-7107.

Friday, January 2

10:30 am

Come Help Naida Celebrate The Big 80! Meet at the Walkabout Office at Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Rd., Suite 110 at the intersection of Dewey Rd. for a casual walk (flat, no steps) through the old restored section of the NTC (Naval Training Center) and arrive at the Corvette Diner at 11:30 am for lunch (at your own expense). NO gifts please; Naida would love the pleasure of your company. RSVP not required. Naida (619) 296-0550 (9 am - 5 pm).

1:00 pm

Liberty Station's Waterfront Walk. Let's take in the brackish air along Liberty Station's waterfront after Naida's party on a casual, flat stroll. Meet outside the Corvette Diner near the southeast entrance to Liberty Station to walk off lunch and take in the sights for about an hour. We'll check out a couple of hotels en route and plan out 2015, too. Maybe we can find a new octogenarian to join us. Rain cancels. "New Year's Babe Dan" (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, January 4

7:15 am

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.

Monday, January 5

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NORTH PARK. Meet at Pershing Dr. and Upas St. for a one hour casual to moderate walk. We’ll stroll thru Bird Park and checkout the area around it. Take I-5 to Pershing Dr. exit and continue on Pershing Dr. for 1.5 miles – your destination will be on the right. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward at a new restaurant. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Wednesday, January 7

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, january 8

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.

Friday, January 9

11:00 am

Downtown Once Again. Meet at historic Balboa Theater, 4th Ave. & E St. (park at Horton Plaza or take public transit) for a 90-minute casual walk around downtown to take in what's new and different in the New Year. Rain cancels. "Daring Dan" (619) 249-9813.

Saturday, January 10

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.

Sunday, January 11

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, January 12

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, January 13

3:00 pm

Trees of 6th Avenue. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition, Evelyn will lead six walks through some of the less familiar parts of Balboa Park. Today we will explore the northwest area to see the Marston House gardens, Trees for Health Garden and many other exotic trees. Meet at the corner of 6th Ave. and Upas St. for a moderate, 1-1/2 hour walk with a few rough paths. Buses 3 and 12 stop at 4th or 5th and Upas. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, January 15

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Little Italy. We’ll walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat paved terrain. We hope to see many changes. Take Harbor Dr. south a couple blocks past Broadway, turn right and park at the Kissing Statue near the Midway Museum. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Gloria (619) 482-7677.

Friday, January 16

10:00 am

Remembering June Anderson. Let's meet at the corner of 6th Ave. and Upas St. on the edge of Balboa Park for a casual walk to reflect on June Anderson's life. We'll cut the ribbon on a memorial bench given to the city by some of her friends in her memory. June died at her Escondido home in 2013 just shy of her 90th birthday and held the record for traveling on the most road trips with Walkabout International. Our "no nonsense" walk will be just what June would have liked! Dan (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, January 18

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. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, January 19

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MARTIN LUTHER KING WALKWAY. What better way to honor MLK Day than to walk along the promenade bordering Harbor Dr. reading the quotations as we go. Meet at the entrance to Seaport Village along Pacific Hwy. at Harbor Dr. Free parking until 10 am in the lot next to the carousel. Optional meal follows. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Wednesday, January 21

10:00 am

CORONADO MINI-MANSIONS. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, Coronado casual stroll to view mini-mansions squeezed onto toy-sized lots. Optional restaurant coffee klatch follows. Cross the bridge to Coronado, continue to Orange Ave., turn left, turn left again on 4th St., then a quick right on A Ave. to the 4th and A meeting place. To use public transit, take the 9012 bus marked "Iris Trolley" at 9:32 am from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center, exit on Pomona Ave. at 3rd St. in Coronado at approx. 9:41 am, and walk southwest to A Ave. & 4th St. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

thursday, January 22

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Before the crowds arrive, let’s enjoy the beauty and serenity of Mission Bay with a 1 hour walk at your own pace on paved, flat terrain. Meet at the former Visitors Information Center. Take the I-5 and turn west on Clairemont Dr. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. John and Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Friday, January 23

11:00 am

Exploring the Santee Loop. Meet at the Santee Trolley station (near the restrooms where the tracks end) for a 3-mile casual loop along the San Diego River, Mast Park, a sell-off store for a big box store, radio station monument, a killer thrift shop, the newest 99-cent store and an optional lunch at a famous local BBQ restaurant. It's suburban walking at it's finest, and you'll see some new construction and hear about the San Diego River extension from Santee to Lakeside. Rain won't cancel...we'll still window shop and eat! "Development Dan" (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, January 25

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.

9:15 am

HANG "LUZ" IN SANTA LUZ. A wee bit beyond Fairbanks Ranch lies fetching countryside that both suffered and survived last year's blazing fires. Trek along tucked away trails offering tantalizing vistas. The delightful realm of Santa Luz beckons! Enjoy a 3-hour, moderate-plus prance over very mixed up and downright hilly terrain. Look for Larry by the restrooms of the South Village Neighborhood Park (next to the Willow Grove Elementary School) on Via Azul just off of Camino Del Sur. Directions: Take CA-56 (Ted Williams Pkwy) to exit #6 at Camino Del Sur; go north on Camino Del Sur for about 3.5 miles until Via Azul, where you turn left for about 1/10 mile until the parking lot on the right at South Village Neighborhood Park. BYOH2O. Rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, January 26

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LIBERTY STATION/SPANISH LANDING. Meet in the parking lot at Womble and Truxtun Rds. on Liberty Station. We will walk for 1 hour on flat/paved terrain, at a casual to moderate pace with faster walkers going at their own pace. We’ll head through Liberty Station and over to Spanish Landing to check out the sites. If you haven’t taken this walk before, it is delightful and, yes, the airplanes do depart San Diego’s Lindbergh Field at exactly 6:30 am! Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

Thursday, January 29

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE BAY. Today we’ll hope for sunny skies, lots of birds and that any clouds are the fluffy kind for a more beautiful sunrise. Meet at the former Visitor Information Center just west of the I-5 at the Clairemont Dr. exit. We usually have two groups, moderate and casual, on this 1 hour flat walk. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward at one of our favorite places. Verna (619) 276-3055.

Friday, January 30

11:00 am

Braving the Barrio. Meet at the Barrio Logan Trolley Stop for a fun, casual walk around Barrio Logan. We'll see new developments under construction, visit a wonderful fruit & veggie market for shopping, and have an optional Latino luncheon in the area at the end of the walk. Rain cancels. "Barrio Dan'l" (619) 249-9813.



Submitted by Sally R., Raffle/Door Prize Coordinator


Thanks so much to the following businesses who so generously donated wonderful prizes for the raffle drawings at the Walkabout Annual Picnic on October 25th.


  • Tickets for two aboard Hornblower Cruises Seafarer (harbor or whale watching cruises)
  • Sprouts Market gift certificate (Midway & Rosecrans)
  • Two coupons for lunch or dinner at Luna Grill (Liberty Station)
  • Two breakfast coupons with beverages AND two breakfast or lunch coupons at Einstein Bagels (Midway & Rosecrans)
  • One year membership in Osher Instutute at SDSU (for seniors)
  • Two coupons good for four each at Paipa's Buffet Restaurant at Sycuan Casino