Welcome to Walkabout International!
Walkabout International has been in the forefront of promoting healthy regular exercise, social camaraderie and discovering new places since its inception in 1977. We have conducted over 25,000 walks covering more than two million people-miles – or the equivalent of walking around the equator over 80 times – for tens of thousands of “soles”! An all-volunteer non-profit organization offering over 850 local walks each year along with, low-cost day and overnight trips, parties and potlucks, holiday celebrations and other activities. Come join us where your interests lead you while selecting from our numerous walks and hikes of varying levels.
PICTURES, PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES
To keep your web site a new and interesting place to go on the web the Walkabout staff needs your assistance. People love pictures. We need everything from your "selfie" on last week's walk to your great photo of your favorite landscape scene along a path you once took. Group scene's from last weeks walk or a bird picture you shot along the way or just something that caught your interest. A brief note of who, what and where on your email would be appreciated but not mandatory. Send it into Webmaster@walkabout-int.org . We don't claim that we will publish every picture received but every picture will be reviewed and as many as possible will be added to the site as appropriate. Should this feature become popular we will add a form on the web site in the future to expedite your picture submissions. Remember please send comments or report errors that you might find to Webmaster@walkabout-int.org.
WALKABOUT BOARD APPROVES CHANGES TO OFFICE HOURS.
Walkabout International is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. During the summer months and into fall some of our volunteer office staff members will be traveling and will be outof town for extended periods of time. Due to a shortage of volunteers during this time the Walkabout Board approved reducing our office hours from April to October to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am until 2pm.
We are seeking additional volunteers to resume regular Monday thru Friday hours beginning in November. The office receptionist is a key position in maintaining our organization‘s accessibility to our members and our potential members/supporters. The job is easy and includes answering the phones, greeting people who come into the office and dealing with the mail, etc. Computer experience helpful. It requires a commitment of four hours at least once a week. The board members also need help occasionally with special projects such as public relation events, parties, our annual picnic, etc.
If you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities please contact Marilyn Buckley at the Walkabout office on Fridays at 619-231-7463.
CLEANING THE "BRASS"
In March, Downtown Sam's Memorial Bench at the Horton-Davis Park at 4th and Island in the Gaslamp Quarter was cleaned and painted after 15 years! . Two bronze dog sculptures were also cleaned. It was all part of a "clean the bronze" day, with a narrated historical walk about Bum, San Diego's town dog, in cooperation with the Sister Cities program (Edinburgh), the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and Walkabout Int’l. "Downtown Sam" was Walkabout's living legend of the 1980's and 90's, leading hundreds of creative and zany walks throughout downtown and San Diego. After Sam passed away, funds were raised for memorial benches in the Gaslamp Quarter and at the Walkabout office, and a memorial brick was also purchased at Petco Park to honor Downtown Sam.
Frank Gould, Jr. (March 1916- March 2016)
Frank was a learned supporter of Walkabout who lived to be 100 years and one day, a goal which he ardently hoped to achieve. He was a writer and teacher and hailed from New England. His second marriage to Marion Gould resulted in a devoted WI couple. Marion crafted fine quilted purses and other artwork which she frequently donated to WI for auctions and fundraisers. Frank lectured almost daily on WI's cruise from Vancouver to LA. In their later years the Goulds moved to CT, to be closer to Frank's children. Marion predeceased Frank several years ago.
Yong Baird (March 20, 1951 - March 19, 2016).
Yong missed her 67th birthday by a day. She was a native Korean and a delightful traveler with Walkabout. On a WI hostel trip where our group was sharing multiple bedded rooms (as is the hostel custom), she was so appalled that a hostel guest couple who had married earlier in the day were going to share a room with 3 other Walkabouters, she took up a collection to send the couple to a motel! She had a passion for animals, especially dogs, and worked for the San Diego school system before retiring a few years ago.