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Moderate: 3 MPH

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Walkabout International April 2014

WEEKLY REPEATING WALKS

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 paced 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 transport, 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

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 bridge that crosses the river to a hotel. Optional gathering afterward in the mall food court. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

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 paced walk (see Thomas Guide 1248-F6). Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Teri E. (858) 483-0512 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is "on" for the week (rarely cancelled due to holiday or commitments).

wednesdays

6:15 pm

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 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 Mission Blvd. To use public transport, 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

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 2.2 miles round trip, about 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 transport, 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 homey old neighborhood on a 1-hour, moderate-paced walk on flat terrain. Meet at Espresso Mio, 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.

SATURdays

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 bridge that crosses the river to a hotel. Optional gathering afterward in the mall food court. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

6:15 pm

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Come join us for a walk along the harbor or through downtown for about 1½ hours at a moderate pace while we enjoy the bright lights and fresh breezes. Meet at the entrance to the ABM parking lot on the west side of Pacific Hwy. just north of Broadway – this lot has plenty of metered parking (free after 6:00 pm) before you enter the pay lot. Note: the ABM lot on the east side of Broadway is a pay lot. Optional dinner afterward. Rain cancels. Carol W. (619) 303-7942 or Donna & Jerry (619) 559-5650.

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 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 transport, 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 at 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

Apr 2

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

Apr 5

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

Apr 9

No Hike Today

Apr 12

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

Apr 16

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

Apr 19

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

Apr 23

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

Apr 26

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

Apr 30

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

 

MORE GREAT WALKS this month

TUESDAY, APRIL 1

6:30 am

APRIL'S FIRST AMBLE. As Walkabout enters our 38th year of pedestrian power, you are cordially invited to celebrate the occasion with a free breakfast -- Walkabout's treat -- at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park after Larry pulls your legs on a casual stroll past the memorable museums in San Diego's premier park. Enjoy the traditional foolishness of the day by meeting at the northeast corner of 12th Ave. and Laurel St. RSVP for walk and free breakfast at: (619) 555-WALK. Rain does NOT cancel this festive event!

wednesday, april 2

10:00 am

BALBOA PARK--6th AND JUNIPER. Join Robert and Friends for 1-hour at a casual gait and stroll with the friendliest creatures on earth besides the squirrels. The terrain is half city streets and half parkland paths. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Parking is free on the park side of 6th Ave. near Juniper St. or on Balboa Dr. in the park. Watch for No Parking signs on some days. To use public transport, take the #3 bus north on 5th Ave. or south on 4th Ave., get off at Juniper St. at approximately 9:15 and walk east to 6th. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

thursday, april 3

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH. We’ll meet at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach where you can choose your own pace. Leader will “caboose” for the slower-paced and a co-leader will lead the faster walkers on flat and paved terrain for 1 hour. Pace will depend on your energy this early. Watch for waves, sun on the water, runners and people watchers. Bring $$ for optional breakfast afterward. Verna (619) 276-3055.

saturday, April 5

6:15 pm

REMEMBERING LARRY J. Let's join up with the Saturday Night Live group (meet at ABM parking lot on west side of Pacific Hwy., just north of Broadway – near Santa Fe Depot) and celebrate what would have been Larry's 65th birthday. His birthday was his favorite day of the year, and for many years this walk was a staple in his social calendar. After the walk, we'll enjoy dinner together and have a toast and some stories recalling his life. Rain may cancel the walk, but not dinner and memories. Dan H. (619) 249-9813.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

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, april 7

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, april 8

10:00 am

LOLLYGAGGING AROUND LIBERTY STATION. There's always something new near Walkabout's headquarters, so let's root it out.  Meet Dan H. at the Walkabout office, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110 (park behind the Dance Place building or take #28 bus) for a 90-minute casually-paced stroll around the campus. We'll get near the water and take in fresh breezes. Optional lunch follows at a famous burger restaurant known for its fries. Rain cancels. "Liberty Dan" (619) 249-9813.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

9:00 am

MOUTH OF SAN DIEGO RIVER. Join us for a moderate walk by the mouth of the river. We’ll start at the jetty separating the mouths of the San Diego River and Mission Bay and then walk along the river path for an approximate 1-hour round trip. Park at the City park at the end of Quivira Way (Thomas Guide pg 1268) and meet at the restrooms. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

thursday, april 10

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.  This is a  moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take  the Sea World Dr. exit off  I-5,  proceed west and turn right at the first light; pass the entrance to Fiesta Island; cross the bridge and park at the second entrance to the small parking area on your left. Optional breakfast afterwards. Edie (619) 222-4396.

friday, april 11

10:00 am

WALKING DAN’S FAVORITE SAN DIEGO STREET. Do you have one - a street where you would live if you had the money? Meet Dan H. at the entrance to Morley Field swimming pool in Balboa Park (close cross streets are Texas and Upas Streets) for a casually-paced 90-minute walk (some hills) and you'll see why this street has everything...views, location, highway proximity, parks, wonderful architecture - but it doesn't have Dan...yet. The #2, #7 & 10 buses get within 4-6 blocks, but a car may be best. Optional lunch follows in North Park. Rain cancels. "Street Fan Dan" (619) 249-9813. 

saturday, april 12

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, APRIL 13

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, APRIL 14

6:30 pm

SUNRISE SERIES: GOLDEN HILL/BALBOA PARK. Let’s walk along a trail on the east side of Balboa Park with some really magnificent views, followed by a tour of the beautiful homes that front the park, with an optional shortcut through the golf course. Meet at 25th and B Sts. Optional breakfast at a nearby restaurant with a Mexican flavor after walking past a bakery that will test your willpower with heavenly smells. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

tuesday, april 15

10:00 am

TAX DAY BLUES WALK. Bring your 1040 return and we'll ceremoniously mail them together from the main post office while we walk there because, after paying taxes, there's no money for gas or a stamp. Meet Dan H. at the Walkabout office, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110, for this casually-paced straggle parade down Barnett Ave. to our tax doom. Wear a long face, cardboard in your shoes and turn your pockets inside out - Uncle Sam wants his! Rain cancels the walk, but not the tax man. An optional, write-off lunch may follow. "Deductible, Delectable Dan" (619) 249-9813.

3:00 pm

ROLANDO'S HIDDEN STAIRWAYS. Taxes are done, so we'll have a carefree time discovering the secret stairways and paths in the charming neighborhood of Rolando, just northeast of College and University Avenues. Meet at the corner of Rolando Blvd. and Malcolm Dr., 1 block north of University Ave. for a moderate, 1.5 hour walk with some hills. #7 bus stops at University Ave. and Rolando Blvd. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

wednesday, april 16

10:00 am

A BOATLESS RIVER EXCURSION. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, paved, casual walk overlooking the San Diego River. Water wings not required. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Meet in the parking lot of Mimi's on Mission Center Rd. at Camino de la Reina. To use public transport, take the Green Line Trolley marked “Green Santee,” exit at Mission Valley Station, walk southwest to 5180 Mission Center Rd. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

thursday, april 17

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OTHER SIDE OF HILLCREST. We will explore the other side of Washington St. (southward) at a moderate pace for one hour. Meet at Fort Stockton and Goldfinch Sts. north of W. Washington St. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Marilyn (619) 294-8308.

friday, april 18

10:00 am

SOME BACK STREETS IN HILLCREST. We all know the "strip," but what about some of the back streets with interesting houses and hidden canyons? Let's discover some together at a casual pace for 90 minutes (mostly flat, some steps and canyon walking). Meet Dan H. at University Ave. and Richmond St. (northeast corner); street parking in neighborhood or take the #1, #7, #10 or #11 bus. Rain cancels. Optional lunch follows on the strip. "Back Street Dan" (619) 249-9813.

saturday, april 19

9:15 am

MEANDERING AMONG THE MEADOWS. Enjoy the breath-taking, bucolic beauty of a secluded canyon along some little-known pathways in the “Meadows” area of Carmel Valley. Immerse yourself into a moderate-plus paced, 3-hour amble over mixed up and down terrain overlooking the environs of The Grand Del Mar Resort in the remote, Del Mar Mesa community. Look for Larry by Carmel Country Rd. and Sagamore Way.  From I-5 or I-15, connect to Route 56 and take the Carmel Country Rd. exit south for about 1/2 mile to Sagamore Way.  BYO water, but rainwater cancels!  Larry@walkabout-int.org; (858) 755-1751 (evenings or weekends).

sunday, april 20

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, april 21

6:30 am

Sunrise Series: MARINA VILLAGE. This is a very flat 1 hour walk at a moderate pace with beautiful views where many sport fishing boats are moored. Take the I-8 to the west end, left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., right at the light (W. Point Loma Blvd.), then right at Bacon St. (stop sign) to the parking lot by the restrooms at Robb Field. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

9:00 am

LET'S CLIMB THE HILL. Join us for a moderate but challenging walk that includes "Bachman Hill."  We will start at the Fashion Valley Transit Center and walk to (and up) Bachman Pl. to the UCSD Medical Center. After a walk around the campus, we will return down Bachman Hill to the transit center, approximately 4 miles round-trip. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at Fashion Valley Transit Center or park in the lot at the transit center (specified trolley parking areas only). Meet at north end of the bridge that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

thursday, april 24

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 at the parking lot on the Kiowa Dr. side. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Gloria (619) 482-7677.

friday, april 25

10:00 am

STINGAREE & GASLAMP QUARTER STROLL. Let's see where the city's shady ladies used to hang out at cribs, fan tan parlors and bordellos. Join the Kaiser Permanente Wellness group for a 90-minute casually-paced romp through this formerly rough area. Come see Dan H. off on his last walk before he heads to Cape Cod for summer and fall. Meet at the Balboa Theater, 4th Ave. and E St. (3 hours free parking at Horton Plaza with validation). Rain or shine. "Dicey Dan" (619) 249-9813.

saturday, April 26

7:15 am

LATE BIRDS. For those of us who can't get up in time for the Sunrise Series, Fusa and Friends will lead a flat 1-hour walk at your own pace around Shelter Island, followed by an optional breakfast. Meet in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln. and Cañon St. Rain cancels. (619) 223-6947.

sunday, april 27

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, april 28

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NORTH PARK/NORMAL HEIGHTS. We’ll meet at the corner of Kansas St. and El Cajon Blvd to explore these eclectic neighborhoods. Park behind the restaurant at 2900 El Cajon Blvd. for this casual to moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. From the south, take I-805 to the El Cajon Blvd. exit and turn left. From the north, turn right onto El Cajon Blvd. until you come to Kansas St. (about ½ mile). Frances (619) 479-3962.