Welcome to Walkabout International!
WALKABOUT is an all-volunteer non-profit organization offering over 850 local walks each year, numerous low-cost day trips, overnight travel, parties, potlucks, holiday celebrations and other activities. Established in San Diego in 1977, Walkabout promotes healthy regular exercise, social comaraderie and discovering new places.
Celebrating our 38th Anniversary Year!
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.
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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
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.
Monday, August 10
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 Diego’s Old Town. Meet at the center of OTTC’s track 3 to buy a round trip Coaster ticket for only $5.50. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.
Thursday, August 13
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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
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.
Tuesday, August 18
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 24
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.
Monday, August 31
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.
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