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Walkabout International november 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 ***Note New Location***

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.


3:00 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.


10:00 am ***No Walk Thanksgiving Day***

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 ***No Walk Thanksgiving Day***

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.


4:00 pm ***Note New Time***

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. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.


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

Nov 4

Ron: (619) 390-3033 or

Nov 7

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

Nov 11

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or

Nov 14

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Nov 18

Mike L. (858) 455-0738

Nov 21

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Nov 25

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

Nov 26

Thanksgiving potluck. Don will lead the hike.

Nov 28

Don: or (760) 796-4007



sunday, november 1

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ON SHELTER ISLAND. Ships and seagulls will delight us as we walk as far around Shelter Island as we wish at our own speed. Time out to pet cute dogs. The walk is mostly flat, but we might go along the shore and some might go up the hill for the views. Optional breakfast follows to eat and chat. Meet at Shelter Island Dr. and Anchorage Ln. This intersection is served by the 6:45 #28 bus. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

monday, november 2

6:30 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.

Thursday, November 5

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Meet Connie at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Sunday, November 8

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

CARMEL VALLEY/MOUNTAIN MEANDER. Frolic over secluded trails and serene pathways in the less explored southern reaches of Carmel Valley. Savor a moderate-plus 3-hour cavort over mixed-up and down terrain. Look for Larry at the southeast corner of Carmel Mountain Rd. and East Ocean Air Dr. by the traffic signal at the corner of the Torrey Hills Center. Free parking in the shopping center near the bank. Directions: from I-5, take the Local Bypass (south of CA-56) and exit at Carmel Mountain Rd. Go East on Carmel Mountain Rd. for two streets and then turn right to stay on Carmel Mountain Rd. for about another mile to the shopping center. BYO water; rainwater cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

monday, November 9

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SAN DIEGO RIVER. Let’s take a flat moderate walk along the San Diego River as we go west as far as we please and then return at your own pace. We can listen for the birds, admire the river and check out if any new stores have been built. Meet at the IHOP restaurant next to Mark Twain in the shopping center at Fenton Pkwy. south of Friar’s Rd. Trolley stop is nearby. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

WEDNESDAY, November 11

9:30 am

COLINA DEL SOL PARK. Meet at the northwest corner of University Ave. and 54th St. Parking is available in the shopping center or bus #7 and #10 have stops nearby. We’ll take a very casual walk to explore the area. Rain cancels (if so, walk will be held next day at same time and place). Virginia (619) 231-4331.

9:30 am

TRAIN TO OCEANSIDE FOR BEACH WALK. Join Dan, the Explorer, on a “Coaster Cruise” adventure departing from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) on the Coaster train at 9:54 from the middle of track 3 where you will purchase a senior round trip Coaster ticket for only $5.50 to Oceanside and back. This is a casual to moderate beach walk of 3.9 miles from Oceanside Pier to Oceanside Harbor for lunch on your own dime. This is a low tide walk along Oceanside’s lovely beaches to the bustling activity and attractions at the harbor itself. Walk to the far end of the pier afterward for an ice cream soda before your return on the 2:32 or 3:34 pm Coaster. Email for a reply with complete details. Heavy rain cancels. (858)722-3002.

10:00 am

POINT LOMA HARBOR VIEW. Join us 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, November 12

6:30 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.

Saturday, November 14

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, November 15

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. If the road/parking lot is closed for an event, we will meet in the restaurant parking lot at Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river or Old Town. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

monday, November 16

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: EASTERN BALBOA PARK. Meet at the merry go-round off Park Blvd. near the Zoo. We’ll see roses and cacti galore, and much more on this moderate 1 hour walk. We’ll stay on cement paths, cross a bridge and hope for a rose garden in full bloom. Plan for an optional breakfast afterward. Shall we try Greek? John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

10:15 am

BAYSIDE TRAIL TO CABRILLO MONUMENT. Join Dan, the Explorer, on this scenic adventure in Point Loma. This partly coastal casual to moderate walk of 3.9 miles includes a little known sandy bayside trail and then travels along the elevated streets of La Playa in Point Loma. After a break for lunch on your own dime, take the optional ride on Bus 84 to explore the area around the Cabrillo Monument. Take Bus 28 from Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 9:45 am to its last stop on Anchorage Way on Shelter Island or drive onto Shelter Island and then turn right in two blocks onto Anchorage Way to find street parking after this street turns left to run past the San Diego Yacht Club. Meet at end of street where it meets the sandy bay. Email for a reply with complete details. Rain cancels. (858)722-3002.

thursday, November 19

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, November 21

10:00 am

POINT LOMA NAZARENE TO OCEAN BEACH PIER. This casual to moderate walk of 4.4 miles begins at Point Loma Nazarene University and travels through the lovely campus to the massive cliffs above the Pacific Ocean before heading north along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to the end at Ocean Beach Pier for an optional lunch. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) on the parking side of the station at platform “M” where we will take Bus 28 at 10:15 for a 19 minute ride to Shelter Island. Afterward, we will take Bus 35 from Ocean Beach back to OTTC. There are many spectacular vistas that you may wish to record and share, so be sure to bring a camera along, preferably one with a long lens. Email for a reply with complete details. Heavy rain cancels. Dan, the Explorer (858)722-3002.

Sunday, November 22

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, November 23

6:30 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.

Tuesday, November 24

2:00 pm

A GREAT BEACH WALK OF LA JOLLA. Join Dan, the Explorer, for a beach walk from Windansea Beach to La Jolla Cove with a super low tide of -1.1. This casual to moderate 3.2 mile beach and sidewalk adventure will include Marine Beach, La Jolla Cove, Goldfish Point and the La Jolla Cave Store. Optional dinner afterward on your dime at a reasonably priced restaurant on Prospect St. From Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) take the 1:15 or 1:30 pm northbound Bus 30 to Palomar Ave. or drive a car and park on side streets near Palomar Ave. Meet at Windansea Beach at the foot of Palomar Ave. Will return from La Jolla on Bus 30 southbound to either Palomar Ave. or OTTC. Email for a reply with complete details. Heavy rain cancels. (858)722-3002.

3:00 pm

MARSTON POINT. Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner with the last of six Tuesday afternoon Balboa Park walks. We will meet at the statue of Kate Sessions at Laurel St. (El Prado) and Balboa Dr. (1 block east of 6th Ave.) for a 1.5 hour casual to moderate mostly flat walk. From the statue, we will walk south to see the old Fire Alarm Building, Pine Grove picnic area, and the spectacular view of the city from Marston Point. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

WEDNESDAY, November 25

10:00 am

CORONADO BEACHING. Join us for approximately 1-hour on a beautiful, architecturally diverse casual stroll past dream homes. Refuel at a Coronado eatery afterward. Meet at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Marina Ave. To use public transit, take #901 bus ("Iris Trolley") from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center at 9:02. Exit at Orange Ave. and Park Pl.; walk south to Ocean Blvd. then west .7 mile to Marina Ave. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

Friday, November 27

2:00 pm

ANOTHER GREAT BEACH WALK OF LA JOLLA. Join Dan, the Explorer, on this casual to moderate 3-hour walk, with optional dinner afterward on your own dime. We’ll start from The Cave Store above La Jolla Cove and travel along the “secret path” at Coast Walk Lane to a tiny pathway beside a famous restaurant to gain access to La Jolla Shores and then to Scripps Pier after 3.3 miles. There is limited 2-hour parking in most of our starting area. The best parking and public transportation alternatives require detailed explanation so Email for a reply with complete details. Heavy rain cancels. (858)722-3002.

Sunday, November 29

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.

Monday, November 30

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. Frances (619) 479-3962.