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Walkabout International july 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

Jul 1

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Jul 4

No Hike

Jul 8

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

Jul 11

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or


Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Jul 18

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Jul 22

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

Jul 25

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Jul 29

Rita C: (619) 482-0052



Thursday, July 2

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new on this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Meet at the public parking lot across from the Cygnet Theater which is located at 4040 Twiggs St. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Margo (619) 287-7722.

Sunday, july 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.

9:15 am

ROLLICKING AROUND DEL MAR. Continue yesterday's celebrations by firing up your feet on a rollicking ramble around some cozy corners of this north coastal community. Stretch your legs on a 3-hour, moderate-plus prance over mixed-up and down terrain through remote canyons, along the serene Pacific shore and past the towering ferris wheel on the fair's last day. Look for Larry by the northwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and Durango Dr. - 6 blocks west of the I-5 Del Mar Heights exit. BYO H2O. Rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, July 6

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: HILLCREST. Join Connie as we find out what’s new in Hillcrest on this moderate (or at your own pace) walk on flat terrain for 1 hour. An optional breakfast follows. From the I-5, take Washington St. to the top of the hill and turn left on Goldfinch St. to Ft. Stockton Dr. (619) 477-8628.

9:00 am

3rd of Four Great Beach Walks of La Jolla! Join us on a casual to moderate 3-hour walk with optional lunch afterward. We’ll start with visits to Goldfish Point and the Cave Store. We’ll begin our walk from the parking garage through an upscale area along several beaches and streets (when the tide prevents walking on sand). Our route passes along the “secret path” at Coast Walk Lane to a tiny pathway beside a restaurant to gain access to La Jolla Shores and then to Scripps Pier after 3.3 miles. There is limited 2-hour only parking in the area. Best to park in the parking structure on Cave St. for $5 per day. From I-5 northbound, take the La Jolla Parkway exit, which becomes Torrey Pines Rd and then turn left on Prospect Pl into downtown La Jolla. Take the 3rd left turn onto Cave from Prospect, then go 50 yards ahead to turn right into the underground parking structure. Meet outside this parking area at 9 am. Call and leave your email for more details. Rain cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.


9:00 am

4th of Four Great Beach Walks of La Jolla! We’ll start at Scripps Pier in La Jolla and walk 4.7 miles north on flat, hard-packed beach to Torrey Pines Beach Reserve. This casual to moderate 3-hour walk offers relative solitude and tranquility due to limited access to the shoreline areas. Be prepared for an extended, though easy, hike. Be aware that this walk includes passing through Black’s Beach, which is a quasi-nude beach, but we will take it early in the morning, so you will see little or no evidence. Best to drive to the VA Medical Center (3350 La Jolla Village Dr.) to start and end this adventure. Take I-5 North to exit at La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left to cross over I-5 and then turn right at 2nd light at Villa La Jolla Dr. Go uphill to the next light at the street leading to the VA Medical Center and turn right. Turn right into the parking area for the hospital and find parking. Walk back toward the VA Medical Center to meet at the covered bus stop on the left. We’ll take Bus 30 from VA to Scripps Pier at 9:07 and then Bus 101 from Torrey Pines to return to your car at the VA for a total price of $5 adult or $1.85 senior. Call and leave your email for more details. Rain cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.

10:00 am

BALBOA PARK CORK STOPPER. Join Robert and Friends for a casual 1-hour walk; half city streets, half squirrel land, including the Marston House grounds. Enjoy the splendor of our downtown forest. See the famous Balboa Park cork tree. Optional eating afterward. Meet at 6th Ave. and Spruce St. Free parking on Balboa Dr. in the park with the entrance at Upas St. Note that there is no parking on the park side of 6th Ave. on Wednesday mornings. To use public transit from the north, take bus #3 (“Euclid Trolley”). Exit at 4th Ave. and Spruce St. at approximately 9:33, walk 0.1 mile east to 6th St. From the south, take bus #3 (“UCSD Hospital”). Exit at 5th Ave. and Redwood St. at approximately 9:39, walk 0.1 mile northeast to 6th Ave. and Spruce St. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, July 9

6:00 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.

Saturday, july 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.

10:00 am

COMIC-CON WILDNESS. Let’s take a casual walk to check out San Diego’s wildest convention. We will pick our route with the least wild crowds, but best view of the participants as we observe and enjoy their fun. Take any trolley line to Imperial and 12th St. Meet by the Green line terminal to walk towards Harbor Dr. and the Convention Center. Rain cancels. Pat K. 619-469-6223.

6:00 pm

SATURDAY NIGHT aLIVE. Join us on a weekend when COMICON features the Walking Dead to see some colorful characters cavorting around downtown. How many will you recognize? It really doesn't matter - it's fun anyway! Optional dinner after the casual walk at a good location to continue viewing great costumes. Meet Stella outside the Balboa Theater at 4th and E. Free parking available at Horton Plaza. (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, july 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, july 13

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: KENSINGTON. Gardens are in bloom in this charming area at this time of year as we take a moderate flat 1-hour walk to view gardens and homes followed by an optional breakfast. Meet at the library at Kensington St. and Adams Ave. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Thursday, july 16

6:00 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. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Sunday, july 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.

monday, july 20

6:00 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.

Tuesday, July 21

3:00 pm

BRIDLE TRAIL HIKE. Let’s pretend we're out hiking in the back country of San Diego County with birds warbling by a rippling stream, but we'll actually be in Balboa Park walking along a dirt path parallel to Highway 163. We'll meet by the lawn bowling courts at the NE corner of Balboa Dr. and Laurel St. (El Prado) and walk along an old bridle path under the Cabrillo Bridge and across a footbridge. There are some hills with rain gullies and loose rocks, so you might want to bring a walking stick for this casual to moderate 1-1/2 hour walk. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.


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 walk to the surf museum and the succulent café where we can take some photos of the plants on the wall. Then we’ll walk to the harbor to enjoy watching the boats, fisherman, and seals during an optional lunch. For public transit, take Amtrak 567 from the Old Town at 8:29 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.

10:00 am

FASHION VALLEY WINDOW SHOPPING. Meet Robert and friends for a 1-hour casual lookie-loo through the new, improved, up-see-down-daisy, multi-shop walkways into escalated euphoria. At the last store, we may view some retro restoration hardware. Optional tearoom visit follows. Meet in the mall in front of the east, ground level entrance of Nordstrom. Free parking. To use public transit, take the green-line trolley marked “Green Santee” to arrive by 9:44 at the Fashion Valley station. Walk northeast to the meeting location. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, July 23

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CLAIREMONT. Meet at Clairemont Dr. and Rappahannock Ave. by the CCSA Building as we explore for 1 hour the almost finished area with new landscaping, etc. As usual there will be 2 groups, casual and moderate paced. Watch the weather and dress accordingly. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Verna (619) 276-3055.

Sunday, july 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, July 27

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, July 30

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.