Happy Holidays from 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 501(c3) organization offers hundreds of 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 - hikes.xmas-sail




Diane Erk
Diane Erk

At its October meeting our Walkabout board approved its newest board member and treasurer, Diane Erk. Diane has been a Walkabout member for nearly a year, having joined following her retirement from full time employment in the financial field. Diane hails from Pittsburgh, PA but followed her family to San Diego in 1978. She was educated at Pennsylvania schools and has her bachelor's degree (in biology and microbiology) and MBA (in accounting) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked at Price Waterhouse in accounting and for a number of other financial firms. She has been married to Frank Dezenzo (too many Z's she says to change her name) for 35+ years, and they share their home with Benny the cat. She became aware of Walkabout's need for a treasurer through board member Marilyn Buckley, who overheard Diane talking about QuickBooks during their swim-aerobics class. The rest is history. She and Frank showed up for Walkabout's Halloween walk costumed as jail convicts, thus inspiring much confidence in her plans to handle Walkabout's finances! Diane enjoys bicycling, walking, swimming and reading, and has travelled with her husband on many trips. When asked what she felt about her new job, she replied, I think this is going to be fun!"

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Looking for a great, inexpensive gift for a friend for the holidays? Enjoy Walkabout International every day of the year with a wall-mount calendar for $3. The calendar has beautiful photographs of colorful scenes from around the country. It will remind you of great walking and trips to come! It even comes wrapped in a decorated envelope and has Walkabout's address and phone number on each one for easy referral. To purchase one (available after Thanksgiving), contact the office and put your name (and email address) on the list. You can pay at the office when you call for your calendar during office hours.


On a picture-perfect beach day on Saturday, October 29, about thirty-five Walkabouters enjoyed a potluck lunch, auction, and walks to celebrate a beautiful fall day at Mission Beach. About half the group joined on an initial walk to commemorate the life of Rita Balliot, our former treasurer and board member who died late this summer. Flower petals were handed out at water's edge with instructions to float the petals in memory of Rita, whose ashes were scattered at sea by her family. (A memorial walk for Rita had been held a week before). When the walk ended, lunch began, an assortment of homemade and store bought goodies were presented to delight the crowd under our covered gazebo near the shore.

After lunch Walkabout President Bob Buehler gave a brief report on overall operations, subscribership, trips and introduced our newest board member and treasurer, Diane Erk. After his report, auctioneer Dan Haslam begged for bids for the numerous "cast offs" contributed by our members. Movie tickets to "The Lot" (next door to WI's offices) were raffled off as door prizes. Norm Vigeant's homemade pumpkin pies were a hit at the auction as was a week-long stay at a Cape Cod condo. Other items were sold at bargain basement prices, with several bidders getting a head start on holiday shopping. Following the hour-long auction, Mark Levy led another walk for those who wanted to walk off the calories from lunch.



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 Nearly twenty Walkabouters (some in costume) turned out for the annual Halloween prowl around University Heights for a walk as darkness fell over festive and scary Maryland Street. This street's several blocks has in recent years become "the" neighborhood to visit ghosts and ghouls, and this year was no disappointment. The Bates Motel, with "vacancy" sign lit over the front door in a classic Victorian, featured Mrs. Bates rocking in her chair out front, passing out candy for those who dared to approach. She's also seen rocking on the balcony upstairs, and a clever electronic silhouette of "her" wielding a knife in the downstairs window. Another exhibit featured Michael Jackson's "Thriller," to dancing gourds and a skeleton in a raised garden bed. There was a skit in someone's front yard "turning on" son of Frankenstein, complete with doctors in lab coats, jellied "brains," and all sorts of sound effects.

Our Walkabout group met up in University Heights at Dan Haslam's bungalow court condo and walked to the event and collected some candy along the way too. Following the crowded mass of pedestrians, our group returned to our starting point for an evening supper and other refreshments. This event is a crowd pleaser, so mark your calendar for next year -- if you dare!


We continue to need office volunteers and new board members.


If you are interested in these specific opportunities or any of our volunteer positions, please call the office (619) 231-7463.
Receive help with write-up, contact us with YOUR ideas for walks, etc.!

  • Balboa Park with ranger tour
  • Free Tuesdays at museums in Balboa Park


REMAINING 2016 WALKS, EVENTS & TRIPSraindeer-smailboat

Please call our office (619) 231-7463 for details about any of the following.

Christmas Brunch; Gift Exchange December 25
New Years Day January 1
Chinese New Year Walk/Dinner February 12, 2017