Walkabout's 40th Anniversary Year

Our 40th Anniversary Year continues as 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 35,000 walks covering more than 3.5+ million people-miles or the equivalent of walking around the equator over 150 times for thousands of our "soles" which is quite a "feet". 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. Join us for our 40th Anniversary Year Premier Event.

In partnership with Scripps Health Foundation
Walkabout International Invites all San Diego To Discover:


The Joys of Walking


An Open and Free Holistic, Integrative Festival Afoot Celebrating
40 Years of the Wonders of Walking in San Diego and Beyond!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10 am Talk-the-Talk About The Joys of Walking
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Walk-the Walk Demonstrating The Joys of Walking

Master of ceremonies:
Susan Taylor, FormerAward-Winning NBC News Anchor
Currently Director External Affairs @Scrippshealth

Keynote speakers:
A Scripps Health Care Integrative Cardiologist
Maggie Spilner Former Senior Editor of Prevention Magazine
Robert & Martha Manning/author's of books on infusing blissfulness into everyday walking.

McMillin Companies Event Center in Liberty Station
2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Please RSVP to joyofwalking@walkabout-int.org
by Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to assure a seat

Parking TBA

See the 40th Anniversary Page for additional detail


Overnight Trips 
Louisiana Late September
SE New Mexico October 19 - 26
San Antonio Riverwalk Early December
Baja Whale Watching February 17 - 23, 2018
Day trips and 40th Anniversary Events 
Getty Museum at the Getty Center LA September 30
17th Annual Auction & Potluck Picnic October 29
Joys of Walking Festival November 11
40th Anniversary Boat Tour November
40th Anniversary Trip Reunion December
Riverside County Mission Inn Day Trip December 9


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Join Marilyn B. and Elaine B. for a fun day visiting the fabulous $1.3 billion Getty Center, situated on 110 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Brentwood. This museum houses changing exhibitions as well as the expanding permanent collection of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and decorative arts in addition to 19th and 20th century American and European photographs. Gardens and terraces throughout provide sweeping views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Engaging talks and tours bring the Getty Center’s unique setting and the visual arts to life.

We will start with a 45 minute docent guided tour of the Getty Center site and architecture. Afterward there will be plenty of time for lunch on your own at one of the Center’s several eateries and time to visit the gardens and museum exhibitions. This trip includes a lot of walking – please be prepared with comfortable walking shoes and remember to bring your jacket or sweater. We will leave the Walkabout office in Liberty Station at 7:30 am and the La Costa Park and Ride at 8:00 am. Returning to San Diego around 7:30 pm traffic permitting.  Snacks and bottled water will be provided.

Two new exhibits: The Birth of Pastel focuses most closely on the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, when pastels began to rival oils – in their variety of color, high degree of finish, and even their scale, as the preferred medium for stately portraits. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney celebrates David Hockney’s 80th birthday and his long and continuing artistic career, the museum presents a selection of highly creative self-portraits made in different media over the past 65 years. The exhibition also features photographic explorations of the 1980’s.

Send your check for $59.00 with “Getty Center” on the memo line to Walkabout International, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106. Be sure to include a stamped self-addressed envelope. You will be sent the itinerary with the details in mid-September.

Sunday October 29, 2017

11 am Walk; Noon Lunch; 1 pm Auction

Just before Halloween, Walkabouters can do some of their own "trick" or "treating" at our organization's 17th annual auction, potluck picnic and yearly meeting to be held in our private ramada along Mission Bay.

This year a featured auction item will be a handmade quilt featuring Elvis Presley being crafted by Donna Farris. Bring your check book as this item will be as popular as "The King" was. And like the crooner, there's only one. But there will be many other goodies as well, promises auctioneer Dan Haslam, including gift certificates, baked goods, and household items. This is the 17th year of our fundraising auction whose proceeds go to support Walkabout International. Guests will enjoy a potluck picnic before the auction and will also hear a brief report about the state of our organization. Prior to the luncheon, there will be a walk from our starting point around Mission Bay, and typically once the auction and lunch are concluded, we’ll take another stroll. Our ramada is covered so rain is not an issue. Bring a few donated items for the auction, a potluck item to share and a pick up truck to haul your auction treasures home! Walkabout will provide drinks, cups, cutlery and plates. Come prepared to have a fun afternoon with the Walkabout auction-goers!



Specific Needs for Volunteers (Mailing Helpers, Office Helpers)

Our mailing crew needs additional help once per month. Bev Stebbins and Charlotte Sedgwick are captains, and they could use help.

We need someone to monitor the office one day (four hours) consistently during the week (16 hours per month commitment).


  • Balboa Park with ranger tour
  • Free Tuesdays at museums in Balboa Park
  • Receive help with your write-up, contact us with any ideas for walks, etc.!

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