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 39th Anniversary Year!
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.
Monday, February 1
Downtown Delights and Mini-concert. Meet Dan H. at Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. for a 1-hour casual walk enjoying the new sights of downtown. The walk will end at noon for a mini-concert at the Lyceum Theater at Horton Plaza. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat in the theater and enjoy the Steph Johnson Trio. Donations to the concert are welcomed, but there's no admission charge. If you park at Horton Plaza garage, have your parking ticket validated at Lyceum, which gives you more free time downtown. Rain does not cancel. (619) 249-9813.
Saturday, February 6
Point Loma Nazarene University to Ocean Beach Pier. This 8th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks” begins at Point Loma Nazarene University in the Point Loma area and travels through the campus to the cliffs above the ocean before heading north along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to the end at Ocean Beach Pier. A casual to moderate walk of 4.4 miles that includes lunch on your own dime in Ocean Beach. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) on the parking side of the station at platform “M” where we will take Bus 28 for a 19-minute ride to Shelter Island to begin our adventure. Afterward, we will take Bus 35 from Ocean beach back to OTTC. Adults bring $4.50 ($3.30 seniors) in cash or load $5 on your Compass Card for a full day transit pass. Email Dan D. at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.
Downtown Live Saturday Night! Meet at Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. for a 1-hour casual jaunt on downtown streets seeking out the new and different. Park for free with 3-hr. validation at the Horton Plaza garage. Some in the group may join up for an optional supper near the end of the walk. Rain cancels. Sat. Night Dan (619) 249-9813.
Tuesday, February 9
Architectural History: University Heights' Cottage Communities. You've seen them while driving past...small communities of tiny cottages grouped together -- a precursor to mid- and high-rises? A step down from single family homes? Let's learn a bit about them and even step inside one such community as we seek several out on this casual walk. Meet under the UH lighted sign at Park Blvd. and Madison Ave. Optional Mexican lunch afterward. Rain cancels. Cottage Dan (619) 249-9813.
Saturday, February 13
Ocean Beach Pier to Belmont Park in Mission Beach. This 9th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks” begins from directly under Ocean Beach Pier and passes along the southern portion of the Mission Bay Channel leading into Mission Bay. We will pass over the channel on West Mission Bay Blvd. to arrive at Belmont Park for brunch on your own dime. This is a flat, casual to moderate 3.4 mile walk. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 10:00 at bus platform L, where Bus 35 to Ocean Beach will depart at 10:15 from the side of the station where the parking lot is found. After walk, we will return to OTTC on Bus 8 from Mission Blvd. Bring exact change for each bus ride ($2.25 for adults or $1.10 for seniors). Email Dan D. at email@example.com and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.
Saturday, February 20
Belmont Park in Mission Beach to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. This 10th segment of Dan’s “San Diego County Coastal Walks begins at Belmont Park and initially runs south to the Mission Bay Channel entrance where Mission Beach begins, then travels northward, splitting walking time at the tide line on the hard-packed sand with walking along the boardwalk and arriving at the quaint wooden Crystal Pier (built in 1927). Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at 10:15 am at Bus Platform J for Bus 8 (leaving at 10:23) from the parking side of the station and we will return on Bus 30 from Pacific Beach after optional lunch. This is a flat, casual to moderate 3.7 mile walk. Bring cash for 2 buses ($2.25 for adults or $1.10 for seniors) and optional lunch. Email Dan D. at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply with details. Heavy rain cancels. (858) 722-3002.
Sunday, February 21
AFOOT THROUGH RANCHO SF FANTASY. Prance along pulchritudinous pathways in a pristine promised land perfect for pedestrian pursuits. Pow! Explore some little traversed trails in the remarkable realm of Rancho Santa Fe on a 3-hour, moderate-plus parade over mixed up and down terrain. Look for Larry in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Library at 17040 Avenida De Acacias near the corner of La Granada (route S-9). BYO water; rainwater cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).
Monday, February 29
Leapin' Lizards Leap Year Walk and Concert! We can only do this casual walk every 4 years at most, so join us for a 1-hour downtown walk, followed by a free mini-concert at the Lyceum Theater. This week it's the Sue Palmer trio, and her music is trailer park great! You can bring a bag lunch in to enjoy, and throw a few bucks in the glass jar as a donation, just to keep things "free". Rain may cancel the walk but not the concert. Park for free with validation at Horton Plaza garage and meet at 4th and E St. outside Balboa Theater. Validate at the Lyceum for more free time if you're attending the concert. Leapin' Dan (619) 249-9813.
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