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ANNUAL MEETING/AUCTION/PICNIC

Saturday, October 25, 11 am to 2 pm

Mark your calendars now for Walkabout International’s annual potluck picnic and auction to be held on Saturday, October 25 from 11 am to 2 pm at the East Mission Bay Park (same location as last year). We need each person to bring three things: 1) Contributions for the auction; 2) Food to share for the potluck; 3) your checkbook or cash to pay for someone else’s former treasure at the auction! You should also consider a folding chair and a light jacket as the park can get breezy on a cool day.

The park is located on East Mission Bay Drive just west of I-5 near the former visitors center at Clairemont Drive. We will be in the Playa ll covered shelter (gazebo), south of the visitor center, north of the Hilton Hotel; watch for our bright blue banners & signs. Plenty of free parking nearby. Walkabout will provide beverages, ice, cutlery, napkins, cups, and plates. You’re welcome to bring your friends and neighbors and money; all are welcome (just bring plenty of food to share). We usually get a crowd of around 50 or so. We’ll have our short annual meeting, which consists of reports about Walkabout’s operations, and if you have any questions, we will try to answer those, too.

Auction favorites for bidding include plants, homemade pies, gift certificates (your favorite restaurant, hairdresser, movie tickets), books, gifts that you want to “re-gift,” things that can be consumed (rather than stored on a shelf); gift baskets of fancy food, wine. Things to avoid bringing to the auction: artwork, clothing, electronics (unless working). As usual, our cheerful auctioneer will be Dan Haslam, and other volunteers are always welcome to come a bit early to help put out signs, set up and stay afterwards to take down and clean up.

There will be a walk around the park before the meeting and potluck lunch; restrooms are nearby. Come on down for an entertaining afternoon, good food, and great company. Call the office (619) 231-7463 to sign up on the potluck interest list with your name and food contribution. Main dishes preferred.

 

july 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 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 at the transit center. Meet at north entrance of the footbridge (across from transit center) that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

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) 483-0512 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231.

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 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.

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 at the transit center. Meet at north entrance of the footbridge (across from transit center) that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

6:15 pm

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE IN THE PARK. Come join us for a walk through Balboa Park for 90 minutes at a moderate pace. Meet at the northeast corner of President's Way and Park Blvd. 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

Jul 2

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

Jul 5

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

Jul 9

TBD

Jul 12

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

Jul 16

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

Jul 19

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

Jul 23

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or lucasronald@hotmail.com

Jul 26

Eva: (619) 283-1872 or evajudo@aol.com

Jul 30

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

 

more great walks THIS MONTH

WEDNESDAY, July 2

10:00 am

EL PRADO AND SPANISH VILLAGE - BALBOA PARK. Join Robert and Friends for a 1-hour, flat, paved safari at casual speed around the northern section of Balboa Park. We are in no hurry, so you will be able to relax and observe the wonders of the park. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Meet at the Balboa Park Fountain on the Prado near Park Blvd. Free parking on paved lots at Park Blvd. and Village Pl. To use public transport, take the #7 bus north or south on Park Blvd., exit at Village Place at approximately 9:15. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, July 3

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, pace will be casual to moderate 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.

Sunday, july 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, July 7

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  10

6:00 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 stop sign into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Saturday, July 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.

10:00 am

FAMOSA SLOUGH AND PACIFIC ISLE GARDENS. On a casual 1-1/4 hour walk, we will see the entire Famosa Slough, watch the ocean current flow in the center of a salt marsh, look for migratory and local birds (over 190 species), and see an old trolley trestle. After a brief restroom stop, we'll enjoy the romantic gardens, fountains, and lagoon located inside the circular Pacific Isle. Meet at the west end of the Midway Towne Center parking lot near Papa John's, 3960 West Point Loma Blvd. (Hint: Sports Arena Blvd. changes its name to West Point Loma Blvd. at Midway Dr. and Midway Dr. changes its name to West Mission Bay Dr. at the same corner). You can take the #35 bus from Old Town Transit Center and get off at the Midway Towne Center stop. Optional lunch follows at a buffet restaurant in the shopping center. Jim & Marty (619) 222-8714.

Sunday, july 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.

9:15 am

TORREY PINES TO TORREY PINES . . . AND BACK. On this "pine" day, stretch your legs on a 3-hour, moderate-plus prance over mixed up (and up and up) and down terrain on a scenic saunter through the little-known Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension to the more well-known Torrey Pines State Reserve atop the Pacific. Enjoy alluring views of the ocean and wanders through enchanting pathways in this convivial coastal community. Look for Larry by the northwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and Durango Dr. (6 blocks west of I-5 Del Mar Heights exit). Larry@walkabout-int.org or (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, July 14

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: COLLEGE GROVE. One hour walk on flat, paved, and dirt paths. Walk is casual to moderate pace. From College Ave., turn west at College Grove Dr. and then park in the lot behind the restaurant at the corner of College Ave. and College Grove Dr. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Gloria (619) 482-7677.

Tuesday, July 15

3:00 pm

Kate Sessions in Pacific Beach. Let's honor "The Mother of Balboa Park" by walking past her home and the park named for her in Pacific Beach. We'll see beautiful mansions including a castle, and enjoy a spectacular view of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean as we wander up and down the hills on the south slope of Mt. Soledad. Meet at the flagpole in the parking lot of Kate Sessions Park, just east of Lamont Street, for a moderate hilly 1.5 hour walk. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Wednesday, July 16

9:00 am

MOUTH OF SAN DIEGO RIVER. Join us for a moderate walk by the mouth of the river. We will start at the jetty separating the mouths of the San Diego River and Mission Bay and then walk along the river path for approximately 1 hour/3 mile round-trip. Park just past the traffic circle at Hospitality Point Park at the end of Quivira Way (Thomas Guide pg. 1268). We will meet near the restrooms. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

10:00 am

POINT LOMA HARBOR VIEW. Join Robert and Friends for a mostly level, 1-hour stroll at casual speed along Point Loma's crest. Optional eating afterward. The following directions avoid driving up particularly steep hills: Take Rosecrans St. south through Point Loma. Turn right on Talbot St., left on Gage Dr., left on Jennings St., right on Bangor St., left on Golden Park Ave. and around the bend to our meeting place at Harbor View Dr. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, Jul 17

6:00 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. Marlene G. (619) 692-3020.

Friday, July 18

1:00 pm

La Jolla Pocket Parks, Mansions, and Vistas. Join us on a casual salt air walk for approximately 1 hour starting in Baja La Jolla/Bird Rock area passing homes ranging from modest California bungalows to oceanfront manors. Visit pocket parks and lookouts to beautiful marine views. Go on a few stairways which connect a subdivision to a church which was a former trolley station in the 1920s. Opportunity for coffee or bathroom stop. Meet at the SW corner of Sea Ridge Dr. and Chelsea St. in La Jolla. We will be on the corner in front of the circle. For public transport, take the #30 bus to La Jolla Blvd and Sea Ridge Dr. and then walk west one block to corner of Chelsea St. Marty L. (858) 337-6160.

Sunday, july 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, july 21

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Sunset Cliffs. We’ll take a 1 hour, flat walk at your own pace. Take I-8 West toward Beaches. Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd, then slight right to stay on Sunset Cliffs Blvd for 1.7 miles to Point Loma Avenue, turn left and park on the street. Meeting place is Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Thursday, July 24

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: KEARNY MESA. Return to a familiar place as we walk on mostly flat terrain at a moderate pace for 1 hour. We’ll meet in the parking lot of the restaurant at 3906 Convoy St. Maybe we can explore a different area this time, but also some familiar sites. An optional breakfast follows. Take the I-805, exit at Balboa Ave. turnoff, east to Convoy St. and turn right. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Friday, July 25

1:00 pm

La Jolla Horse Country. Join us for a casual walk for approximately 1 hour in the La Jolla Muirlands, which originally allowed horses. Walk on leafy streets and on a former horse trail amongst beautiful homes designed by the master architects of the 1920s. Meet on El Camino Del Teatro just west of the intersection with La Jolla Scenic Dr. South. Marty L. (858) 337-6160.

Saturday, july 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, july 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, July 28

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.

Wednesday, July 30

9:00 am

LET'S CLIMB THE HILL. Join us for a moderate but challenging walk that includes the "Bachman Hill". We will start at the Fashion Valley Transit Center and walk to (and up) Bachman Pl. After a walk around part of the Hillcrest neighborhood we will return down Bachman Hill to the transit center, approximately 4 miles round-trip. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at the Fashion Valley Transit Center or park at the transit center. Meet at north entrance of the footbridge (across from transit center) that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

thursday, July 31

6:00 am

SUNRISE SERIES: THE BRIDGES OF BANKER’S HILL. Meet at the southeast corner of Juniper St. and First Ave. We will see if we can cross at least 3 of the bridges of Banker’s Hill. We can definitely make the suspension bridge on Spruce St. for an early morning sway. So put on your walking shoes and join Edie for a moderate walk to work up an appetite for a breakfast spot we haven’t visited for a while. (619) 222-4396.