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Measured in miles per hour

Half Speed: 1-2 MPH

Casual: 2 -3 MPH

Moderate: 3 MPH

Moderate plus: 3 1/2 MPH

Brisk: 4 MPH

Very Brisk: Over 4 MPH

 

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Potential new Weekly Walk

Carol B. would like to lead walks in North County on Wednesday mornings around 8 am beginning in September. She is looking to see how many people would be interested in joining her. The walk would be at a moderate pace for approximately 3 miles either in Rancho Bernardo, Poway or Escondido.

If you are interested please call the Walkabout office at (619) 231-7463 and put your name, phone number, and preference of walking area on the list.

 

Walkabout International OCTOBER 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

4:00 pm

WEDNESDAY WORKOUT. Join us at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills next to Grant School at Washington Pl. and Randolph St. for a 1½ hour moderate-plus walk. We head in a different direction each week to explore Old Town, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, or Mission 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

Oct 1

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

Oct 4

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

Oct 8

NO HIKE TODAY

Oct 11

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

Oct 15

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

Oct 18

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

Oct 22

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

Oct 25

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

Oct 29

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

 

MORE GREAT WALKS this month

Thursday, October 2

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LA MESA OKTOBERFEST. We will take a moderate walk to preview what preparations La Mesa is making for tomorrow's Oktoberfest and then admire the old homes including a former Walkabouter's. Optional inexpensive breakfast nearby. Meet at old train station at La Mesa Blvd. and Nebo or Spring St. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Friday, October 3

10:00 am

OKTOBERFEST COMES TO LA MESA. Let's meet to find out what changes are planned for this year's La Mesa Oktoberfest. We will take a casual walk around the city and through the center to see the great costume store and all the other charming shops in the Village of La Mesa. Optional lunch follows at one of the many German choices, sandwich shops, or a nearby Mexican restaurant. Meet at the Senior Center of La Mesa at La Mesa Blvd. and Memorial Dr. Parking lot across the street by the ballpark. Rain cancels. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Sunday, October 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, October 6

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Hopefully, our feathered friends will be on hand for this 1-hour walk on flat paved terrain at your own pace along Mission Bay, so you can test your legs or bring binoculars and slow down to enjoy nature. Take the I-5 to the Tecolote-Sea World Drive exit and proceed west past several lights. After the light at Friars Rd., watch for the next light, where you’ll see the South Shores Boat Ramp sign on your right, but you will turn left onto the old road that parallels Sea World Dr. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn Bintz (619) 840-5544.

Wednesday, October 8

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

BALBOA PARK--6th AND JUNIPER. Join Robert and Friends for 1-hour at a casual gait and stroll with the friendliest creatures on earth besides the squirrels. The terrain is half city streets and half parkland paths. Optional restaurant stop afterward. Parking is free on the park side of 6th Ave. near Juniper St. or on Balboa Dr. in the park. Watch for No Parking signs on some days. To use public transport, take the #3 bus north on 5th Ave. or south on 4th Ave., get off at Juniper St. at approximately 9:15 and walk east to 6th Ave. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

10:00 am

Watercolor Society’s International Art Show and Walk at Liberty Station. Meet Marilyn B. on the front steps of The Dance Place building (2650 Truxtun and Dewey Rds./same building as our office) for a 1 hour moderate walk around Liberty Station to see what’s new. We will end up at The San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery for a docent tour of their International Art Show on display during the month of October. They will tell us the history of the Watercolor Society and about the different types art work and the artists. Optional lunch afterwards. Rain cancels walk but not art show tour. (619) 692-0536.

Thursday, October 9

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.

Featured trips

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY INCLUDING PLANETARIUM for only $45.00

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

Rita & Marilyn B. are offering a wonderful deal in which “Centered in the Universe”, a live presentation will be in the planetarium as part of the package at the observatory. We shall not only view exterior exhibits, but also see Wilder Hall of the Eye, Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, the Central Rotunda, Cosmic Connection and Gunther Depths of Space. Your ticket includes the sensational Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which seats 285 people featuring state of the art tech in an immersive environment designed to fabricate a real-looking night sky that is both incredible and awe inspiring. Note this is a first of a kind anywhere, using a Star Projector and a Laser Projector for color. If anyone wants to bring children along, we ask you to invite minimum age13 and older. The trip includes a 50 passenger bus, driver gratuity, planetarium ticket, and water with snacks. Lunch is not included, however your choices in the café range from sandwiches, soups, salads or a hot meal from $8 to $10. The Observatory does not open until noon. We hope to be back in San Diego between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.

Please send a check for $45.00 per person (no discount for youth) to Walkabout Int’l, 2650 Truxtun Rd., Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106-6007 with a self-addressed envelope with a stamp for us to mail your itinerary. Include your telephone number in case we need to contact you and indicate your pickup preference at our office in San Diego or if you prefer North County we shall stop at La Costa off of I-5. There will be no refunds unless there is a waiting list. If you have any questions, please call Rita at (619) 266-2555.

 

Saturday, October 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, October 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.

 

THE 4 CULTURES OF SWITZERLAND PRE-TRIP MEETING

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2:00 pm

Enjoy learning all the details of Walkabout’s upcoming adventures afoot in the walker’s paradise: Switzerland. Larry highlights the “feets” and treats to be experienced during this remarkable 13-day odyssey from July 14 to July 26, 2015 through the four distinctive cultures of Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Romansch. Join the fun at the Serra Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, SD 92123, in the large Community Room. Questions: Call Larry at 858.755.1751 (Please, only evenings or weekends).

 

Monday, October 13

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.

Tuesday, October 14

3:00 pm

Middletown Mansions. Delight in discovering a little-known part of old San Diego as we stroll past some hundred-year-old mansions, including the block with "the Three Sisters," and revel in the spectacular views of the airport, North Island, and San Diego Bay. Meet at the corner of Hawk and Thorn Sts. for a 1-1/2 hour moderate walk with several hills. This area is little known because it's difficult to find. Directions: take Reynard Way and turn west onto Redwood St. and continue onto Falcon St. Then turn left onto Thorn St. and continue two blocks to Hawk St. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Wednesday, October 15

9:00 am

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO. Join us for a moderate but challenging walk that includes the hills and staircases on the campus of the University of San Diego. We will start at the Moreno/Linda Vista Trolley Station and walk to the USD campus, where we will enjoy the varied terrain and views. After a walk around (and up and down) the campus we will return to the trolley station, approximately 5 miles round-trip. Green line to Moreno/Linda Vista Trolley Station or 44 bus route. Parking is available at trolley station off of Friars Rd. Meet on north side of trolley platform. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

Thursday, October 16

6:30 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.

Friday, October 17

10:00 am

EXPLORE UTC AREA. Let's walk at a moderate pace for 1-1/2 hours in the beautiful Golden Triangle area of San Diego. We will meet at the south entrance to Macy's in Westfield Shopping Town UTC (on the southwest corner of the mall, near the corner of Genesee Ave. and Nobel Dr.) Optional lunch afterward. Beverly D. (858) 229-0741.

Sunday, October 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, October 20

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, October 22

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.

10:00 am

CORONADO - BAY AND OCEAN. Robert and Friends will do a casual, 1-hour flat walk to view the bay and the remodeled civic buildings of Coronado, then cross over to the ocean side and walk past the high-rise condominiums south of the Hotel Del. We will meet in front of the Boat House Restaurant on Strand Way. Take Orange Ave. south past the Hotel Del and the Boat House restaurant to the first traffic light, turn left, then left again onto Strand Way. There is free parking in the Boat House parking lot or on Strand Way. For public transport, take or transfer to the #901 bus (“Iris Trolley”) from the 12th and Imperial Transit Center and get off just past the Hotel Del before 9:45 am, proceed across Orange Ave. and down the hill to the Boat House Restaurant meeting place. As an option after our walk, we can visit the History of Navy SEALS in Coronado exhibit at the Museum of History and Art (admission $5 or $3 for seniors) on Orange Ave. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Thursday, October 23

6:30 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, October 25

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, October 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.

9:15 am

CAVORTING AROUND CORONADO. Due to popular request, Larry leaves his North County comfort zone to visit this cozy coastal community and wander by grand architectural gems, the Hotel Del, the birthplace of the Wizard of Oz, some strands of sand, and spectacular views of downtown San Diego on a 3-hour moderate-plus prance over flat terrain. Meet in front of the Coronado Library at 640 Orange Ave. near the corner of 6th St. (858) 755-1751 (evenings and weekends).

Monday, October 27

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CORONADO. Let’s take a flat, moderate paced walk through beautiful Coronado with stops to admire the shops, homes, gardens, Hotel Del Coronado and of course the beach. Meet at the west side of 10th St. and Orange Ave. with optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

Tuesday, October 28

2:00 pm

Silver strand Stroll. Meet at Coronado Playhouse on Strand Way across from Coronado Shores where bus 901 stops. We'll take a casual walk to enjoy the views of the bay, ships, and the park. Sharon N. (619) 298-4340.

Thursday, October 30

6:30 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.

Friday, October 31

6:45 pm

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR. Join us on our 3rd annual walk to see a clever corner of University Heights where the neighbors pitch in for a one night extravaganza: cemetery, fire-breathing dragon, Oz, Frankenstein, etc. Costumes are optional and so is trick-or-treating on this casual walk. We’ll leave from Trolley Barn Park, at Adams Ave. and Florida St. (bus #11). Sharon N. (619) 298-4340.

 

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH & GIFT EXCHANGE

Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Broken Yolk

1851 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Walk begins at 7:45 am from the corner of Lamont St. and Garnet Ave., with a buffet at 8:30 am. Mail your check for $12.00, which includes everything – tax, tip and coffee, tea or milk, to Walkabout Int’l, 2650 Truxtun Rd., Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106. Last year we got rave reviews on the buffet. Bring a gift marked (Male), (Female) or (Generic) with a value of under $10.00. No fruit cakes PLEASE. We really had some nice gifts last year and the rules are you cannot take someone’s gift away from them. Call Rita with any questions at (619) 266-2555.