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Walkabout International august 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.


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.


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

Aug 1

No hike today

Aug 5

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

Aug 8

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Aug 12

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

Aug 15

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Aug 19

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Aug 22

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Aug 26

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

Aug 29

Don: or (760) 796-4007



Sunday, August 2

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, August 3

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.


9:30 am

BALBOA PARK GARDENS AND MUSEUMS. We'll meet in the Panama Plaza at one of the tables outside the Art Museum and walk at a casual pace for about 1 hour through the Sculpture, Alcazar, Rose and Desert Gardens before checking out the new miniature solar exhibit at the Railroad Museum (free day for San Diego residents). Stay on for an optional lunch followed by additional museums with the group or on your own if you'd like. Parking behind the Organ Pavilion shouldn't be a problem this early, but Tuesday is a busy day in the park so allow time in case you need to find an alternative. Stella (619) 232-3756.

Thursday, August 6

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SWEETWATER RIVER NATIONAL CITY. We’ll walk along the river at a casual to moderate pace on flat paved terrain. We’ll see if any birds and/or ducks are roaming in the water and check to see if there are any improvements along the walking/bike path. Maybe we’ll get all to the National City Marina? Take I-805 South to Sweetwater turnoff, stay on left side and turn left at 1st light (Sweetwater Rd.), left at next light then immediate right to meet at furniture store parking lot. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Saturday, August 8

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, August 9

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, August 10

6:00 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. Margo (619) 287-7722.

9:30 am

Torrey Pines, Del Mar & Solana Beach Exploration. Dan the explorer will offer 4 Coaster Cruise walks along the beach between Coaster stations this month. We’ll take the Coaster Train from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) to Solana Beach and then a 4.8 mile casual to moderate beach walk from Torrey Pines State Beach to Del Mar for an optional lunch on your own dime at a restaurant right on the beach to break up the walk halfway. Then we’ll walk to San Dieguito Lagoon and along the southern beach loop of Solana Beach back to the Coaster station for the 2:54 train to San Diegos Old Town. Meet at the center of OTTCs track 3 to buy a round trip Coaster ticket for only $5.50. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

WEDNESDAY, August 12

10:00 am

RUDEST, NUDIST, BALBOA PARK. Join Robert and Friends for a casual stroll to see what the curious said during the double exposures of yesteryear. Large groups are welcome, provided they do not disrobe. Afterward, we starving meanderers will eat at a nearby restaurant. Meet at the paved parking lot at Park Blvd. and Village Pl. near the giant fig tree. To use public transit, take the #7 bus north or south along Park Blvd and get off at Village Pl. at approximately 9:15. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, August 13

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: UPTOWN/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS. Let’s walk over the bridge and wander past these historic homes and modern drought resistant gardens for 1 hour at a moderate pace on mostly flat terrain. We’ll meet by the entrance to the pedestrian bridge behind Trader Joe’s. Turn north off University Ave. at Vermont St. into the parking lot. Connie (619) 477-8628.

Friday, August 14

9:30 am

Encinitas to Beacon’s Beach for Lunch. Dan the explorer will lead this 3.5 or 4.7 mile casual to moderate beach walk from Moonlight Beach past Stone Steps Beach, Encinitas City Beach and Beacons Beach, heading north for lunch at a delightful restaurant in Leucadia. This Coaster Cruise departs from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 9:54 and returns on the 2:54 pm Coaster from Encinitas (arrive there by bus or by walking through downtown Leucadia and Encinitas for the extra 1.2 miles). Optional lunch on your own dime after the beach part of the walk. Meet at the center of track 3 at OTTC to purchase a Coaster round trip ticket for $5.50. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.


7:45 am

DONUT DAY AT DEL MAR. Join us on our annual trek to the race track for a quick tour of the stands followed by free donuts, coffee and O.J. We’ll watch the horses practice going through the starting gate and linger afterwards to watch the workouts and/or listen to the speakers about horse racing. FREE admission and parking. Meet at the parking lot entrance to the race track off of Jimmy Durante Blvd. Pat K’s cell for that day (619) 540-9031. Otherwise (619) 469-6223. Rain cancels.

Sunday, August 16

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, August 17

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CHULA VISTA. We’ll meet on Third Ave. between F and G Sts. to inspect the Third Ave. renovation. Take the I-5 south to the E St. exit, continue straight onto Bay Blvd and then turn left onto F St., turn right onto Third Ave. and park in area near the fast food restaurant. Pace for this 1 hour walk will be casual to moderate on flat, paved streets for about 1 hour. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

2:00 pm

Beach Walk for 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 Beacons Beach for a bargain happy hour of half priced appetizers and drinks. This Coaster Cruise travels 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 return from the Encinitas Coaster Station at 7:20 pm on an Amtrak train for the low Coaster price of $5.50 round trip. Optional food is on your own dime, but the sunset vistas are free! Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

Tuesday, August 18

9:30 am

BALBOA PARK GARDENS AND MUSEUMS. We'll meet in the Panama Plaza at one of the tables outside the Art Museum and walk at a casual pace for about 1 hour through the Sculpture, Alcazar, Rose and Desert Gardens before visiting the Art Institute and the Japanese Friendship Garden (Tuesday is a free day for San Diego residents). Stay on afterward for an optional lunch followed by additional museums with the group or on your own if you'd like. Parking behind the Organ Pavilion shouldn't be a problem this early, but Tuesday is a busy day in the park so allow some extra time in case you need to find an alternative. Stella (619) 232-3756.

3:00 pm

San Diego Airport Exposition Murals. Let’s take a 1.5+ hour casual to moderate walk to see a wonderful display of the 1915 Exposition murals, drawings, architectural artifacts, tile work and even a video of Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand. We'll start at Spanish Landing, walk through Cancer Survivors Park and over to the airport. Turn south off of N. Harbor Drive into Spanish Landing (not W. Spanish Landing) and meet at the restroom building by the entrance to the parking lot. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, August 20

6:00 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.

10:00 am

Shelter Island Walk & Lunch. On the 3rd Thursday each month, we will extend our weekly repeating walk to include the America’s Cup Harbor walkway along the marina and have an optional lunch up on the deck with a view of the bay, city, marina and occasional friendly sea lion at that famous little seafood market/restaurant. This extension adds 1.2 miles round trip to our usual stroll. Sally R. (619) 222-3800.

Sunday, August 23

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.


6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: COLLEGE GROVE. Let’s take a walk through the military housing where the news of Pearl Harbor was first transmitted to the United States. We’ll take a 1-hour moderate, fairly flat walk and then we’ll amble around Chollas Lake. Meet at College Grove Way and Deerflower Rd. (second intersection on Deerflower north of College Grove Dr.).We will be joined for breakfast by Larraine Marshall, celebrating tomorrow’s 90th birthday. This is the last day before she joins our 90-year-olds. If you wish to join us on University Ave. for breakfast only, phone Pat K. at home (619) 469-6223 or (619) 540-9031 the day of the walk.

6:15 pm

SILENT MOVIES AT THE ORGAN PAVILION. Join us before the Spreckels Organ annual silent movie. Tonight’s movie is ”For Heavens Sake” with the great comedian, Harold Lloyd. We meet at the Northeast entrance to the organ pavilion (by the Japanese Garden snack-shop) We will use our blankets or cushions to claim our seats before a casual flat walk along some little-known paths and then return for the 7:30 pm concert. Bring a snack or buy one there. Concert runs about 2-3 hours. Rain cancels walk. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

WEDNESDAY, August 26

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, August 27

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH SHORE. Meet at the South Shores Boat Launch just east of Sea World on Mission Bay. Hopefully we’ll see some rabbits and the great sea birds there. Take I-5 to Sea World Dr. and go west to the South Shores Boat Launch Ramp area. Watch for the sign, it is not very prominent. We’ll meet at the restrooms at the boat launch. Optional breakfast follows this moderate, flat 1-hour walk. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Friday, August 28

9:30 am

Train to Oceanside for Beach Walk. This final “Coaster Cruise” adventure departs from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 9:54 from the middle of track 3 where you will purchase a round trip Coaster ticket for $5.50 to Oceanside. This is a casual to moderate beach walk of 3.9 miles from Oceanside Pier to Oceanside Harbor for optional lunch on your own dime. This is a low tide walk along Oceansides lovely beaches to the bustling activity and attractions at the harbor itself. Walk to the far end of the pier after both legs of the walk for an ice cream soda. Then return on the 2:32 pm or the 3:34 pm Coaster. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3000.

Sunday, August 30

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG ADAMS AVE. Interesting homes and views along the edge of Mission Valley will greet us on this flat, moderate walk. Optional breakfast follows. Rain cancels or postpones. Meet at 30th St. and Adams Ave. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

9:15 am

SON OF A BEACH - A "TORREY-DE-FORCE". If the heat's got you beat, then here's a cool treat: let's cool off by the beach. Saunter from Solana Beach through Del Mar to Torrey Pines State Beach and back on a 3-hour, moderate-plus prance over mostly flat terrain as the waves caress the shore in an area that we adore. Want some more? Look for Larry in Solana Beach at the far western end of Via De La Valle by South Sierra Ave. (where free street parking abounds) (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, August 31

6:00 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.