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.
Sunday, july 5
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.
ROLLICKING AROUND DEL MAR. Continue yesterday's celebrations by firing up your feet on a rollicking ramble around some cozy corners of this north coastal community. Stretch your legs on a 3-hour, moderate-plus prance over mixed-up and down terrain through remote canyons, along the serene Pacific shore and past the towering ferris wheel on the fair's last day. Look for Larry by the northwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and Durango Dr. - 6 blocks west of the I-5 Del Mar Heights exit. BYO H2O. Rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).
WEDNESDAY, July 8
4th of Four Great Beach Walks of La Jolla! We’ll start at Scripps Pier in La Jolla and walk 4.7 miles north on flat, hard-packed beach to Torrey Pines Beach Reserve. This casual to moderate 3-hour walk offers relative solitude and tranquility due to limited access to the shoreline areas. Be prepared for an extended, though easy, hike. Be aware that this walk includes passing through Black’s Beach, which is a quasi-nude beach, but we will take it early in the morning, so you will see little or no evidence. Best to drive to the VA Medical Center (3350 La Jolla Village Dr.) to start and end this adventure. Take I-5 North to exit at La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left to cross over I-5 and then turn right at 2nd light at Villa La Jolla Dr. Go uphill to the next light at the street leading to the VA Medical Center and turn right. Turn right into the parking area for the hospital and find parking. Walk back toward the VA Medical Center to meet at the covered bus stop on the left. We’ll take Bus 30 from VA to Scripps Pier at 9:07 and then Bus 101 from Torrey Pines to return to your car at the VA for a total price of $5 adult or $1.85 senior. Call and leave your email for more details. Rain cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.
Saturday, july 11
JOIN THE COMIC-CON WILDNESS. Let’s take a casual walk to check out San Diego’s wildest convention. We will pick our route with the least wild crowds, but best view of the participants as we observe and enjoy their fun. Take any trolley line to Imperial and 12th St. Meet by the Green line terminal to walk towards Harbor Dr. and the Convention Center. Rain cancels. Pat K. 619-469-6223.
SATURDAY NIGHT ALIVE. Join us on a weekend when COMIC-CON features the Walking Dead to see some colorful characters cavorting around downtown. How many will you recognize? It really doesn't matter - it's fun anyway! Optional dinner after the casual walk at a good location to continue viewing great costumes. Meet Stella outside the Balboa Theater at 4th and E. Free parking available at Horton Plaza. (619) 232-3756.
Thursday, july 16
SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.
Tuesday, July 21
BRIDLE TRAIL HIKE. Let’s pretend we're out hiking in the back country of San Diego County with birds warbling by a rippling stream, but we'll actually be in Balboa Park walking along a dirt path parallel to Highway 163. We'll meet by the lawn bowling courts at the NE corner of Balboa Dr. and Laurel St. (El Prado) and walk along an old bridle path under the Cabrillo Bridge and across a footbridge. There are some hills with rain gullies and loose rocks, so you might want to bring a walking stick for this casual to moderate 1-1/2 hour walk. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
WEDNESDAY, July 22
OCEANSIDE PIER AND HARBOR. Join us for a casual walk in Oceanside. Meet at the Pier View Market (218 North Cleveland St). We’ll walk to the surf museum and the succulent café where we can take some photos of the plants on the wall. Then we’ll walk to the harbor to enjoy watching the boats, fisherman, and seals during an optional lunch. For public transit, take Amtrak 567 from Old Town at 8:29 am and arriving in Oceanside at 9:25 am. After departing the train, walk one block north past the parking structure to the Pier View Market where Ann and Karen will wait for you. After an optional lunch, we’ll walk back to the train station for the Coaster 654 at 2:32 pm to arrive back at Santa Fe Depot at 3:36 pm. Ann S. (760) 390-5489.
Monday, July 27
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.
Thursday, July 30
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.
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