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Casual: 2.5 MPH

Moderate: 3 MPH

Moderate plus: 3.5 MPH

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Walkabout International april 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.


5:30 pm ***NOTE NEW LOCATION & TIME***

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.


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.


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 transit 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 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

Apr 1

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Apr 4

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or

Apr 8

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

Apr 11

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Apr 15

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Apr 18

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Apr 22

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Apr 25

Spring Potluck - Margo

Apr 29

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



Wednesday, April 1

4:01 am

APRIL'S FIRST AMBLE. As Walkabout enters our 39th 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 Twelfth Avenue and Laurel Street. RSVP for walk and free breakfast at: (619) 555-WALK. Rain does NOT cancel this festive event!

Thursday, April 2

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, APRIL 4

10:30 am

DOWNTOWN IN THE DAYTIME. After a casual one-hour walk past or through attractions old and new we'll stop for an optional lunch before heading back to Horton Plaza. Meet Stella outside the Balboa Theater at 4th Ave. and E St. 3-hour free parking available at Horton Plaza. (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, April 5

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 6

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.

Wednesday, April 8

11:00 am

TIJUANA ESTUARY. No, you won't need your passport for this Imperial Beach jaunt, just a love of wide-open spaces and, hopefully, lots of wildflowers. Meet Fran W. at the Visitor Center for this 1+-hour flat walk at your own pace and as far as you want to go. Take the I-5 south to the Coronado Ave. exit (NOT the bridge), turn right (west), which becomes Imperial Beach Blvd., turn left at 3rd St., and continue to the Estuary parking lot. Optional lunch follows (Thai?) or enjoy exhibits at the free Visitor Center. Rain cancels. (619) 271-7107.

Thursday, April 9

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. Marilyn & John (619) 840-5544.

Friday, April 10

11:00 am

National Siblings' Day; Bring Yours! If you can't bring one, then bring a story about one to share on this 90-minute casual walk around downtown. Meet at the Balboa Theater, 4th Ave. & E St. (with free, vaiidated 3-hour parking at Horton Plaza garage) or take the trolley or bus. We'll share photos and stories of our siblings (orphans and only children are welcome too). Optional lunch follows at an upscale grocery in Horton Plaza. Rain cancels. "Bro' Dan (619) 249-9813.

Saturday, April 11

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 12

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 13

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.

Tuesday, April 14

10:15 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 10:42. Free parking is available at OTTC or on the nearby cross streets. Lunch at Swami's Cafe 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.

3:00 pm

Why Be Normal? Part 2. Our taxes are done (aren't they?) Let’s enjoy strolling some less traveled streets in the charming older neighborhood of East Normal Heights. Here we'll see an eclectic mix of home styles from cobblestone to ultra-modern. Meet at the corner of East Mountain View Dr. and Belmont Ave., two short blocks north of Adams Ave. for a flat 1.5 hour casual walk. Bus #11 stops along Adams Ave. at both Cherokee Ave. and 39th St. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Wednesday, April 15

10:00 am

BALBOA PARK NUTTY SQUIRREL WALK. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, half city, half park, casual stroll. All you bring is a smile, some cash if you eat afterward and maybe a few peanuts for you and the squirrels. Meet at 6th Ave. and Nutmeg St. There is free parking on Balboa Dr., which you enter at 6th Ave. and Upas St. Note: Do not park on the park side of 6th Ave. as no parking is allowed there on Wednesdays before 10:00 am. To use public transit, take the #3 bus north on 5th Ave. or south on 4th Ave., exit at Nutmeg St. at approximately 9:15, walk east to 6th & Nutmeg. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, April 16

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NATIONAL CITY. We’ll take a moderate 1-hour flat walk to check out the National City Marina and then on to Pepper Park. We hope to see a cargo ship unloading cars or lumber and people fishing off the pier. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Take I-5 south to the Mile of Cars Way/Bay Marina Dr exit, turn right (west) and then make a left at signal into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Frances (619) 479-3962.

10:00 am

JAZZ AT TERMINAL 2. Calling all jazz aficionados. Let’s take a moderate walk from Harbor Island to the San Diego Airport to listen to live jazz for an hour or so. Allow 2 to 2-1/2 hours for the walk and jazz. Meet in the public parking lot near the restrooms across from the Hilton located at 1960 Harbor Island Dr. Rain cancels. Carol W. (619) 303-7942.

Friday, April 17

10:15 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 10:42. Free parking is available at OTTC or on the nearby cross streets. 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.

Saturday, April 18

6:00 pm

Downtown Saturday Night Rocks! Join Dan to celebrate his last Saturday Night Live walk before he takes a summer hiatus in Cape Cod -- and celebrate his birthday as well. We'll walk at a casual pace through the historic Gaslamp Quarter en route to the Embarcadero and Seaport Village, where Dan will spring for pizza for all our walkers. Hopefully someone will step up to lead the SNL walks while D&D are away for the summer/fall months, but if not...we have tonight to celebrate! Meet at the Balboa Theater, 4th & E. Take public transit or park with 3 hour validation at Horton Plaza garage. Rain cancels. Birthday Boy Dan, (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, April 19

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

IN SEARCH OF THE SAN DIEGUITO RIVER PARK. This burgeoning regional open space park along the San Dieguito River in North County and beyond is more than an idea-in-the-making. View some of the progress of a planned network of trails that eventually will extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian. Today, take a peek at the current trail development in the environs of Del Mar and Carmel Valley on a lively, moderate-plus 3-hour prance over mixed up and down terrain. Look for Larry at the west entrance of Albertsons in the Del Mar Shopping Center, at 2702 Via De La Valle, one block east of the I-5 exit on the south side. BYO water. Rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

4:30 pm

Balboa Park Afternoon. Starting in the Marston House formal garden and walking at a casual pace over to the Sculpture Garden and the Alcazar Garden, we'll have an opportunity to observe just a few of the many styles of gardens within our beautiful Balboa Park. Meet Stella at 6th Ave. and Upas St. (619) 232-3756

Monday, April 20

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OCEAN BEACH. We will take a moderate 3-mile walk visiting the pier to see the surfers and fishermen and then continuing in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood. To reach our meeting place, take I-8 to the west end, turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., then turn right onto Newport Blvd. for a block and a half. Meet across the street from the old Strand Theater. Bring money for an optional breakfast. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Thursday, April 23

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. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Friday, April 24

11:00 am

Celebrate National Arbor Day! Let's meet at 6th Ave. & Upas St. at the edge of Balboa Park and walk through arbors of redwoods, pines, oaks and more as we thank the many trees that make up our park. We'll visit Kate Sessions' and George Marston's statues to remember their contributions to the arbors. Bring a picnic lunch with something to share if you want to join in after the 90-minute casual walk. Rain cancels, (but the trees will love it). It's also Nat'l. Pigs in a Blanket Day if that helps with the menu! "Dendrite Dan" (619) 249-9813.

Sunday, April 26

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 27

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.

Wednesday, April 29

10:00 am

CORONADO TIDELANDS STROLL. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, flat, paved, casual stroll in Coronado's Tidelands Park. Optional brunch afterward. Drive over the beautiful blue bridge to Coronado, turn right after the former tollbooth onto Glorietta Blvd, then turn right again on Mullinix Dr. into Tidelands Park. To use public transit, take the #901 bus (Iris Trolley) from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center at 8:35; after crossing the bridge, get off at stop on Mullinex Dr. at Glorietta Pl. at approx. 9:41, turn right on Glorietta Pl., bear right on 3rd St. onto Mullinex Dr. and into the park. Meet at the restroom. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, April 30

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. Margo (619) 287-7722.