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!
THURSDAY, April 30
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. Margo (619) 287-7722.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
DOWNTOWN IN THE DAYTIME. Join us on a one-hour casual walk through the Gaslamp and East Village. The walk will include brief stops at a discount grocery store, an urban pocket park and the new central library, returning to Horton Plaza after an optional lunch. Meet at the Balboa Theater, 4th Ave. and E St. Free validated 3-hour parking available at Horton Plaza garage. Stella (619) 232-3756.
Sunday, May 3
MAY THE FOURTH-MINUS-ONE BE WITH YOU. We will O-BE-WANdering amongst the breath-taking beauty of a secluded canyon along some out-of-this-world pathways as we DARTH inVADE, eRr, the “Meadows” area of Carmel Valley. Immerse yourself into a 3-hour moderate-plus meander over mixed up and down terrain in this inland empire overlooking the environs of The Grand Del Mar Resort in the remote Del Mar Mesa, rest-room empty community. LUKE for Larry under the SKY as you join other WALKERs by Carmel Country Rd. and Sagamore Way. From I-5 or I-15, connect to Route 56 and take Carmel Country Rd. Exit south for about 1/2 mile to Sagamore Way. BYO water; rainwater cancels. If YODA have questions, (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).
Saturday, May 9
TRAIN TO SOLANA BEACH WALKING & SHOPPING. Enjoy inspiring beach views from the train before our casual to moderate 3-hour walk through this quaint beachside town and along its beautiful northern and southern beach loops. Travel on an Amtrak train to Solana Beach for the low Coaster price of $5.50 adults or $2.75 seniors. Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) in the middle of the station on track 3 to purchase tickets and then go to track 4 for Amtrak departure at 8:29 am. Free parking is available at OTTC or on the nearby cross streets. Optional lunch at the Brigantine and then visit Cedros Avenue Design District for shopping and entertainment. Return by train in the mid-afternoon (same ticket prices as above). For detailed information, phone and leave your email address. Rain Cancels. Dan D. (858) 722-3002.
SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. Join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north trail from the mall to Camino Del Este and returning via portions of the south and north trail for about 4 miles round-trip. All walk surfaces are paved and mostly flat with some inclines. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at the Fashion Valley Transit Center or park in the lot at the transit center (specified trolley parking areas only). Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the river to a hotel. Rain cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.
Tuesday, May 12
Gardens Along Park Blvd. We'll continue to celebrate the 1915 Exposition Centennial with a 1-1/2 hour, casual to moderate, flat walk through the beautiful gardens along Park Blvd. We'll stroll through the spectacular Rose Garden, the Dessert Garden, the lesser-known Veterans Memorial Garden and the Garden Court, featuring colonnades and a pool. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Veterans Memorial Center and Museum (not War Memorial Building). The building was once the chapel that served The Balboa Naval Hospital. Today the Veterans Museum is free to San Diego residents, so bring your ID and come 30 to 45 minutes early to enjoy the displays. Park in one of the two large public lots in front of or to the south of the Veterans Museum, or take the #7 bus to Presidents Way. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
Sunday, May 17
BALBOA PARK. Join us at the corner of 6th Ave. and Upas St. for a late afternoon casual stroll (parking usually opens up just inside the park at this time). We'll start at the Marston House formal garden and walk over to the Sculpture Garden and the Alcazar Garden. We may see a rabbit or two as well as squirrels along the way. Stella (619) 232-3756.
monday, May 18
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.
Monday, May 25
MEMORIAL DAY AT MOUNT HOPE. Let’s take a moderate walk around one of San Diego’s earliest cemeteries. We’ll walk over lawns and knolls noting burial sites of famous men and women of San Diego: Horton, Marston, Sessions, etc. Perhaps we will see a memorial ceremony by Sons of Civil War veterans to remember the 620,000 people who died in that conflict. Enter the cemetery at 3751 Market St. east of I-15. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain cancels. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.
Friday, May 29
CELEBRATE NATIONAL SALSA MONTH! The food, that is, not the dance as we follow up a 1 to 1-1/2 hour flat moderate walk to savor all the beautiful sights of Kensington with an optional lunch stop at the neighborhood's favorite Mexican eatery. Since May is also National Get Caught Reading Month (no kidding!), we'll meet in front of the library on Adams Ave. between Marlborough Dr. and Kensington Dr. (just east of the I-15 Adams Ave. exit). Allow a few extra minutes to find street parking. Rain cancels. Fran W. (619) 271-7107.
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