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Walkabout International May 2015

WEEKLY REPEATING WALKS

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

Mondays

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.

Tuesdays

6:30 pm ***NOTE NEW LOCATION***

Mission Bay Sunsets. Walk leaves promptly at 6:30. Rain (not mist) cancels. Enjoy the cooler evening air and beautiful views of Mission Bay! Join us for a flat but fairly fast-paced moderate to moderate-plus walk along the shores of Mission Bay. Take the I-5 and go west on Clairemont Dr. to meet at the former Visitors Information Center. Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231.

wednesdays

5:30 pm

WEDNESDAY WORKOUT. Meet at Costa Verde Shopping Center in front of Bookstar, west of the UTC Mall between La Jolla Village Dr. and Nobel Dr. We will walk for about 1½ hours at a moderate-plus pace, heading in a different direction each week, exploring canyon trails and hills. Rain cancels. Come and have some fun! Barbara N. (619) 226-3024.

Thursdays

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.

Fridays

6:00 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.

SUNDAYS

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 http://www.walkabouthikes.org 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.

Date

Contact Information

May 2

Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 796-4007

May 6

Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 796-4007

May 9

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com

May 13

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or lucasronald@hotmail.com

May 16

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com

May 20

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or ccbeckwith146@yahoo.com

May 23

Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or shunt92071@yahoo.com

May 27

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or ccbeckwith146@yahoo.com

May 30

Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or shunt92071@yahoo.com

 

MORE GREAT WALKS this month

SATURDAY, MAY 2

10:30 am

DOWNTOWN IN THE DAYTIME. Join us on a one-hour casual walk through the Gaslamp and East Village. The walk will include brief stops at a discount grocery store, an urban pocket park and the new central library, returning to Horton Plaza after an optional lunch. Meet at the Balboa Theater, 4th Ave. and E St. Free validated 3-hour parking available at Horton Plaza garage. Stella (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, May 3

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.

9:15 am

MAY THE FOURTH-MINUS-ONE BE WITH YOU. We will O-BE-WANdering amongst the breath-taking beauty of a secluded canyon along some out-of-this-world pathways as we DARTH inVADE, eRr, the “Meadows” area of Carmel Valley. Immerse yourself into a 3-hour moderate-plus meander over mixed up and down terrain in this inland empire overlooking the environs of The Grand Del Mar Resort in the remote Del Mar Mesa, rest-room empty community. LUKE for Larry under the SKY as you join other WALKERs by Carmel Country Rd. and Sagamore Way. From I-5 or I-15, connect to Route 56 and take Carmel Country Rd. Exit south for about 1/2 mile to Sagamore Way. BYO water; rainwater cancels. If YODA have questions, (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

monday, May 4

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: HARBOR ISLAND. We’ll have a quiet walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat terrain around this beautiful area so close to downtown. Take Harbor Dr. to Harbor Island Dr., turn west to the end and turn left to the parking next to Island Prime Restaurant. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Gloria (619) 482-7677.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Eastern Balboa Park. Meet Edie at the merry go-round off Park Blvd. near the Zoo. We’ll see roses and cacti galore, and much more on this moderate 1 hour walk. We’ll stay on cement paths, cross a bridge and hope for a rose garden in full bloom. Plan for an optional breakfast afterward. Shall we try Greek? (619) 222-4396.

Saturday, May 9

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.

8:00 am

TRAIN TO SOLANA BEACH WALKING & SHOPPING. Enjoy inspiring beach views from the train before our casual to moderate 3-hour walk through this quaint beachside town and along its beautiful northern and southern beach loops. Travel on an Amtrak train to Solana Beach for the low Coaster price of $5.50 adults or $2.75 seniors. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) in the middle of the station on track 3 to purchase tickets and then go to track 4 for Amtrak departure at 8:29 am. Free parking is available at OTTC or on the nearby cross streets. Optional lunch at the Brigantine and then visit Cedros Avenue Design District for shopping and entertainment. Return by train in the mid-afternoon (same ticket prices as above). For detailed information, phone and leave your email address. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

9:00 am

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. Join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north trail from the mall to Camino Del Este and returning via portions of the south and north trail for about 4 miles round-trip. All walk surfaces are paved and mostly flat with some inclines. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at the Fashion Valley Transit Center or park in the lot at the transit center (specified trolley parking areas only). Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

Sunday, May 10

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, May 11

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SDSU. Here’s our chance to get educated on what is happening at San Diego State University as we take a mostly flat walk for about 1 hour at a moderate pace exploring the old and the new. Afterward, we’ll have an optional breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Meet in the church parking lot on Montezuma Rd. between College Ave., and Campanile Dr. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Tuesday, May 12

3:00 pm

Gardens Along Park Blvd. We'll continue to celebrate the 1915 Exposition Centennial with a 1-1/2 hour, casual to moderate, flat walk through the beautiful gardens along Park Blvd. We'll stroll through the spectacular Rose Garden, the Dessert Garden, the lesser-known Veterans Memorial Garden and the Garden Court, featuring colonnades and a pool. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Veterans Memorial Center and Museum (not War Memorial Building). The building was once the chapel that served The Balboa Naval Hospital. Today the Veterans Museum is free to San Diego residents, so bring your ID and come 30 to 45 minutes early to enjoy the displays. Park in one of the two large public lots in front of or to the south of the Veterans Museum, or take the #7 bus to Presidents Way. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Riverwalk. We’ll meet at the restaurant on the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river and hope that the landscape has been cut back and cleaned up since our last walk as we try to make it to Mission Valley. Terrain is flat and walk will be at a moderate pace for 1 hour. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Sunday, May 17

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.

4:30 pm

BALBOA PARK. Join us at the corner of 6th Ave. and Upas St. for a late afternoon casual stroll (parking usually opens up just inside the park at this time). We'll start at the Marston House formal garden and walk over to the Sculpture Garden and the Alcazar Garden. We may see a rabbit or two as well as squirrels along the way. Stella (619) 232-3756.

monday, May 18

6:00 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.

Thursday, May 21

6:00 am

Sunrise Series: SHELTER ISLAND. We’ll walk this beautiful mostly-flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. There will be a choice of going up a hill for those who feel they would like to climb to where the view is very scenic. To meet the group, from I-5, drive west on Rosecrans St. to Shelter Island Dr., turn left and go about two blocks to Anchorage Dr. to the large parking lot (park where there are no meters). Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Marilyn & John (619) 840-5544.

9:30 am

OCEANSIDE PIER AND HARBOR. Join us for a casual walk in Oceanside. Meet at the Pier View Market (218 North Cleveland St). We’ll visit the Farmer's Market where we can taste some samples. Then we’ll walk to the Succulent Cafe where we can take some photos of the succulents on the wall. We’ll walk to the harbor to enjoy watching the boats, fisherman, and seals during an optional lunch of fish and chips or at The Broiler for happy hour ($4 dishes). For public transit, take Amtrak 567 from the Santa Fe Depot at 8:24 am and arriving in Oceanside at 9:25 am. After departing the train, walk one block north past the parking structure to the Pier View Market where Ann and Karen will wait for you. After an optional lunch, we’ll walk back to the train station for the Coaster 654 at 2:32 pm to arrive back at Santa Fe Depot at 3:36 pm. Ann S. (760) 390-5489.

Sunday, May 24

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.

8:00 am

TRAIN TO ENCINITAS FOR BEACH WALKING & MEDITATION GARDENS. Enjoy inspiring beach views from the train before our casual to moderate 3-hour walk along beautiful beaches and to the Meditation Gardens of the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat. Travel on an Amtrak train to Encinitas for the low Coaster price of $5.50 adults or $2.75 seniors. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) in the middle of the station on track 3 to purchase Coaster tickets and then go to track 4 for the Amtrak departure at 8:29 am. Free parking is available at OTTC or on the nearby cross streets. Optional lunch and then return on the train in the mid-afternoon for the same low prices. For detailed information, phone and leave your email address. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

Monday, May 25

6:00 am

Sunrise Series: SHELTER ISLAND. We’ll walk this beautiful mostly-flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. There will be a choice of going up a hill for those who feel they would like to climb to where the view is very scenic. To meet the group, from I-5, drive west on Rosecrans St. to Shelter Island Dr., turn left and go about two blocks to Anchorage Dr. to the large parking lot (park where there are no meters). Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

10:00 am

MEMORIAL DAY AT MOUNT HOPE. Let’s take a moderate walk around one of San Diego’s earliest cemeteries. We’ll walk over lawns and knolls noting burial sites of famous men and women of San Diego: Horton, Marston, Sessions, etc. Perhaps we will see a memorial ceremony by Sons of Civil War veterans to remember the 620,000 people who died in that conflict. Enter the cemetery at 3751 Market St. east of I-15. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain cancels. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

11:00 am

PARADISE VILLAGE TOUR. Join Robert for a tour of Bernie Freund’s new home at the Paradise Village Retirement Community. We’ll see Bernie’s apartment, facility accommodations, and amenities. A no-cost lunch will be included for all and there will also be a short casual walk around the grounds of this resort-style facility. Meet in the lobby at 11:00 am. There is free visitor parking near the lobby. Paradise Village is located at 2700 East 4th Street, National City. From San Diego, take 805 South, exit at Palm Ave, continue south on Palm to E. 4th St, turn right on E. 4th and proceed to Paradise Village, a large building complex just east of the Paradise Valley Hospital. For public transit, take the Blue Line Trolley south to the 8th St. Trolley Station, to arrive at 10:31 am. Those wishing to be picked up by the Paradise Village bus at the 8th St. Trolley Station must contact Bernie to reserve a seat. The bus will also return you to the 8th St. Trolley Station after the tour and walk are finished. Bernie (619) 212-0027.

THURSDAY, MAY 28

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Tecolote Canyon. Let’s walk in beautiful Tecolote Canyon on a flat comfortable dirt road as we see what the season has to offer on this casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Take I-5 to Tecolote Rd. exit, go east on Tecolote Rd. all the way into the canyon to the parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Friday, May 29

11:00 am

CELEBRATE NATIONAL SALSA MONTH! The food, that is, not the dance as we follow up a 1 to 1-1/2 hour flat moderate walk to savor all the beautiful sights of Kensington with an optional lunch stop at the neighborhood's favorite Mexican eatery. Since May is also National Get Caught Reading Month (no kidding!), we'll meet in front of the library on Adams Ave. between Marlborough Dr. and Kensington Dr. (just east of the I-15 Adams Ave. exit). Allow a few extra minutes to find street parking. Rain cancels. Fran W. (619) 271-7107.

Sunday, May 31

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ON SHELTER ISLAND. Ships and seagulls will delight us as we take a flat walk as far around Shelter Island as we wish and at our own speed. Time out to pet cute dogs. Meet at Shelter Island Dr. and Anchorage Ln. Optional breakfast and chatting follows. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.