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. 



It was supposed to be a spring trip to New Mexico, to trace some of western writer Tony Hillerman's tales about the region. It turned out to be several days of a rare spring blizzard in northwest New Mexico, both to the delight and consternation of 10 Walkabouters who had quite an adventure. The week-long road trip began on April 12 and spanned 1000 miles (and 5 motels) of Indian country in the 4-corners region. After an overnight in Albuquerque and a walk around Old Town and along the Rio Grande, our group hiked through El Morro and El Malpais, NM to view craters. Good weather so far.

In Gallup we viewed downtown murals and played bingo after a New Mexican dinner in a bar. Our visit to the Hubbell Trading Post and Canyon de Chelly, NM was delightful, as were visits to a mining museum and Native American trading post. A day at Chaco Culture NHP was cool but wonderful. In Farmington, we had a crisp morning walk along the Animas River, and then the snow began.

For the 200-mile trip to Taos and over a mountain pass, snow fell along the route just 20 miles south of Colorado. The pass remained opened however, and the group was treated to snow on branches, a deer herd scavenging in snow, and more snow.

 In Taos the Pueblo was closed, so the group toured a sustainable housing community called Earthship, constructed with rammed earth, auto tires, and beer cans. The trip from Taos to Santa Fe was also snowy, and for the last 3 days the temp never ventured above 34-degrees. The walk around the capital was spirited, with a visit to the state capital and its great art, the Plaza and museums.

The sun finally reappeared on the last day for a visit to quirky Madrid along the Turquoise Trail. Shoppers among our group were abundant, and treasures were hauled back to San Diego. Travelers included Walter Konopka (co-leader), Donna and Jerry Farris, Valerie Sanfilippo, Regina Bartolini, Art and Phyllis Cottee, Evah Allen (newbie), Jennifer Nickles and leader Dan Haslam.

New Mexico 2016



We need office volunteers, new board members and Walk Leaders 

We are recruiting walk leaders for the suggested walks below. If interested, please call the office (619) 231-7463. Receive help with write-up, etc. Or, contact us with YOUR ideas for walks!!

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

If you are interested in any of our volunteer opportunities, please call the office (619) 231-7463.


In MemoriamPatricia Peterson

Patricia Peterson, MD, who holds the distinction of having led a weekly Walkabout for the greatest number of years, passed away on May 2. In addition to her Friday afternoon walk in Mission Hills, which she led for more than 25 years, Pat until recently was also captain of our newsletter’s mailing crew, and was active in a number of Walkabout spin-off groups. She organized a popular monthly card playing group called “Card Sharks,” in which Walkabouters celebrate each other’s birthdays through host homes providing main dishes, while other players supply delicious side dishes for a luncheon followed by an afternoon of cards. Pat would have turned 80 on her next birthday, May 23.

Pat raised two children as a single parent and served for many years as a family physician in general practice in San Diego. She was also an accomplished artist and sculptor, using her maiden name “Doty,” as her artist moniker. She showed internationally, and was selected by the San Diego Port Commission as one of the first artists to create a tree sculpture to be displayed on the San Diego Embarcadero. This she did with the engineering assistance of Walkabouter Everett Mehner. When her friend and Walkabout icon “Downtown Sam” Minsker passed away in 2001, Pat created the bronze bust which appears on the memorial benches on display at the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s pocket park at 4th and Island, and outside the Walkabout office in Liberty Station. Pat also collected marbles passionately over the years, raised Bichon Frise dogs, and drove a succession of yellow automobiles. She had a great sense of personal style and entertained extensively.

Pat travelled many times on Walkabout tours, celebrated most holidays with other Walkabouters, and was an avid supporter of liberal causes, including Planned Parenthood, upon whose board she once served. She won a congressional lottery and received tickets to attend the second inaugural of President Obama. Unfortunately, her tickets were for standing room only and she was too short to see much of the ceremony, although being present at the event was a highlight for her.

She is survived by her son Shep, his wife, and several grandchildren. Pat held Walkabout International in high regard and has gifted most of her personal property to Walkabout. A memorial walk and remembrance in Mission Hills will be held in her memory this fall. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the Walkabout office in order to receive an email notification of the date and location.