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Walkabout International September 2015


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

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.


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.


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.


5:30 pm ***Note new time***

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. 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

Sep 2

Mike L. (858) 455-0738

Sep 5

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Sep 9

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Sep 12

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

Sep 16

No Hike

Sep 19

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or

Sep 23

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Sep 26

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Sep 30

Bob R: (760) 728-8232



WEDNESDAY, September 2

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 901 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, September 3

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SEAPORT VILLAGE. Meet at the south end of Pacific Hwy. at Seaport Village where you can park next to the merry-go-round for free until 10 am. The walk is mostly moderate, but you may walk at your own pace for 1 hour on flat and paved terrain. We should be able to reach the pedestrian bridge over Harbor Dr. near Petco Park and see the new Central Library. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

SATURDAY, September 5

10:00 am

OLD AND THE NEW DOWNTOWN. Our one-hour casual walk will take us past points of interest in the Gaslamp area and to two newly-created parks in East Village. An optional lunch follows at our favorite fish taco outdoor hangout. Meet Stella outside the Balboa Theater at 4th & E Sts. Free 3-hour parking available at Horton Plaza after 9:30 am (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, September 6

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, September 7

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SEAPORT VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO. We’ll start at Seaport Village and walk along the bay toward the Convention Center, exploring Marina Park, on this moderate 1-hour flat walk. Join us for spectacular views of the bay, Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego. If we have time, we’ll also visit the “The Kiss” located next to the USS Midway Museum. Meet Connie at the south end of Pacific Hwy. and park by the Seaport Village merry-go-round. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Verna (619) 276-3055.

Thursday, September 10

6:30 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. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Saturday, September 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.

12:30 pm

Great Beach Walks of La Jolla. Dan, the Explorer, will offer four of his favorite beach walks over this month and the next. This casual to moderate 3.9 mile beach and sidewalk adventure from Crystal Pier to Windandsea Beach will include visits to Tourmaline Beach, Sun Gold Point and Big Rock Reef. Be sure to bring a camera to preserve the awesome views. Coffee break at midpoint. Travel to Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) and take the northbound Bus 30 to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach or drive a car and park on side streets near Felspar, north of Garnet Ave. Meet under Crystal Pier at 12:30 pm. Will return from Windandsea Beach on Bus 30 after about 3 hours including coffee break. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002 or

Sunday, September 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, September 14

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.

Thursday, September 17

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.

Sunday, September 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.

9:15 am

SOLSTICE SAUNTER THROUGH TORREY PINES. As we approach the time of year when everything "falls" into place and a new year unfolds, celebrate the change in our solar journey with a 3-hour moderate-plus prance over mixed-up and up and down terrain through BOTH Torrey Pines State Preserves . . . the well-known one and the secret, tucked-away one. Look for Larry at northwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and Durango Dr., 6 blocks west of I-5. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, September 21

6:30 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.

Tuesday, September 22

3:00 pm

GOLDEN HILL PARK. Come explore one of the first areas of Balboa Park to be developed. You will discover a monkey puzzle tree grove, a community garden, and a rustic fountain on the National Register. We will also stroll through the south end of the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course. Meet at the corner of 25th and A Sts. (park on street or in the park) for a casual to moderate 1-1/2 hour walk with some easy hills. Bus #2 stops at 25th and Broadway. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

WEDNESDAY, September23

10:00 am

SPANISH LANDING. Join Robert for a 1-hour, flat, paved, beautiful casual walk along harbor pathways. On this walk we can view the marinas and the Cancer Survivor’s Park. Meet in the entrance to the parking lot at the west end of Spanish Landing Park. From Harbor Dr., turn toward the bay at the traffic light with the sign “Spanish Landing W”. For public transit, take the #923 bus from downtown or Ocean Beach to arrive before 9:45 am at the “N. Harbor Dr. at Spanish Landing W” stop, and walk toward the bay into the parking lot. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, September 24

6:30 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. Edie (619) 222-4396.

Saturday, September 26

2:00 pm

Beach Walk to Sunset. Dan, the Explorer, will lead a coastal walk from the Carlsbad Poinsettia Coaster Station to South Carlsbad State Beach and Grandview Beach and then past “The Beach of the 50 Stairways” to Beacon’s Beach to a delightful restaurant for Happy Hour with half priced appetizers and drinks. This adventure is one of Dan’s “Coaster Cruises” excursions which will travel on the Coaster Train from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 2:22 pm to the Carlsbad Poinsettia Station. We’ll take a casual to moderate 4.5 mile beach walk to the south and finish up at the Encinitas Coaster Station at 7:03 pm to return on an Amtrak train to OTTC at 8:07 pm, for the low Coaster price of $5.50, round trip. Food is on your own, but the sunset vistas are free! Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

Sunday, September 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, September 28

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Let’s enjoy the season by the bay on this moderate, 1 hour, flat walk where we can watch for a beautiful sunrise and check out the different birds. Meet at the former Visitors Information Center. From the I-5, take the Clairemont Dr. exit and go west. Optional breakfast follows. Edie (619) 222-4396.

Tuesday, September 29

8:00 am

San Juan Capistrano & San Clemente. Join Dan, the explorer, for an 8:29 am Amtrak trip to San Juan Capistrano to visit the Mission where the swallows return annually. Enjoy a full day exploration with optional lunch, followed by a Metrolink train to San Clemente to take a casual to moderate 3.2 mile beach stroll on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We will delight in an optional dinner right on the pier in San Clemente, followed by a tour of downtown San Clemente. We’ll take a Metrolink train at 8:08 pm to Oceanside Pier area and return to San Diego on the Coaster train leaving Oceanside at 9:19 pm to arrive in San Diego at 10:25 pm. Bring $ for food and transportation. Important: please contact Dan D. for full details, including costs. Rain will not cancel. (858) 722-3002 or