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.
WALKABOUT WEB SITE HAS A NEW PLATFORM
You may notice numerous changes to our web site and the display of information beginning with this issue. Your Walkabout board approved a change last summer to build a new platform for our web site putting us in position to move forward as web design continues to evolve as rapidly as everything else in today's society. Implementation took a bit longer than expected as we tried to maintain as many features that our subscribers appreciate while incorporating the latest in technology. Changes include drop down sub-menus as well as a re-organization of main menu items. Log onto the web site using a small screen, tablet or phone and notice that pages are automatically re-sized and re-formatted, pictures are automatically scaled to fit the screen and menu's take on a different format so that everything is usable even on small displays. Many other capabilities are yet to be utilized however the new base will allow moving forward in the future with many exciting new features. Please send comments or report errors that you might find to Webmaster@walkabout-int.org.
WALK LEADERS FETED AT ANNUAL WALKABOUT LUNCHEON
On January 29, forty Walkabout walk leaders were treated to lunch at TGI Fridays in the Gaslamp Quarter. The group met at the Balboa Theater and took a walk through Horton Plaza and the Horton District, stopping to admire several historic buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter before arriving for lunch. At the luncheon, leaders were reminded about walk etiquette, safety rules, and new office procedures. Board members in attendance were introduced and gifts of bling-bling necklaces were given to the women and security wallets to the men. The guest speaker was Sue Schaffner, regional VP for Hostelling International. Sue discussed possible ways in which Hostelling and Walkabout could work together and reviewed some past experiences of group meals, overnights, and walks undertaken between the organizations. Three walk leaders (Frances Brown, Fusa Shimizu, and Verna Bain) who are also nonagenarians (90+) were provided special gifts and attested to their longevity by continuing to walk. Long time walk leaders Patricia Peterson and Pat Keller were recognized for their contributions, and long time walk leader Larraine Marshall , who recently passed away, was remembered. Dan Haslam and Marilyn Buckley organized the event for Walkabout.
WALKABOUT BOARD APPROVES CHANGES TO OFFICE HOURS.
Walkabout International is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. During the summer months and into fall some of our volunteer office staff members will be traveling and will be out of town for extended periods of time. Due to a shortage of volunteers willing to fill in during this time the Walkabout Board approved reducing our office hours from April to October to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only (excluding holidays) from 10am until 2pm.
We are seeking additional volunteers to resume regular Monday thru Friday hours beginning in November. The office receptionist is a key position in maintaining our organization‘s accessibility to our members and our potential members/supporters. The job is easy and includes answering the phones, greeting people who come into the office and dealing with the mail, etc. Computer experience helpful. It requires a commitment of four hours at least once a week. The board members also need help occasionally with special projects such as public relation events, parties, our annual picnic, etc.
If you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities please contact Marilyn Buckley at the Walkabout office on Fridays at 619-231-7463.
BOARD ACCEPTS NEW MEMBER and SEEKS OTHERS
At its February 19 board meeting, Walkabout welcomed Elaine Berger as its newest board member. Elaine joined Walkabout nearly 4 years ago after her retirement from a career in the pharmaceutical industry. She has been active with Walkabout in assisting PR director Marilyn Buckley with efforts to produce exhibitor events geared toward Walkabout's intended demographics. Elaine has indicated an interest in working to retain Walkabout's existing subscribers as well as to increase efforts to add new ones through personal contact with current supporters and increased presence in exhibitor fairs. Four such fairs are planned for this spring and early summer through Marilyn's and Elaine's efforts, and we welcome her to the board and Walkabout family.
April Featured Walks
Friday April 1
APRIL'S FIRST AMBLE. As Walkabout enters our 40th year of pedestrian power, it's time for a big celebration, don't ya think? Therefore, you are cordially invited to enjoy a free breakfast -- Walkabout's treat -- at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park after Larry pulls your legs on a casual stroll past the memorable museums in San Diego's premier park. Enjoy the traditional foolishness of the day by meeting at the northeast corner of Twelfth Ave. and Laurel St. RSVP for walk and free breakfast: (619) 555-WALK. Rain does NOT cancel this festive event!
Saturday, April 2
La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. This 13th segment of Dan’s New Year’s Resolution Walks starts at the La Jolla Cave store above the cove and continues through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve and along a “secret path” at Coast Walk Lane to a tiny pathway to gain access to La Jolla Shores and then to Scripps Pier. This is a casual to moderate 3.3 mile 3-hour walk with an optional meal afterward. There is limited 2-hour only parking in the starting area. Best free parking is on Prospect Place south of Torrey Pines Rd. from the I-5. Parking and public transportation from OTTC alternatives require detailed explanation. Email Dan D. at email@example.com and he will reply with details or phone (858) 722-3002. Heavy rain cancels.
Wednesday, April 13
Scripps Pier to Torrey Pines Reserve. This 14th segment of Dan’s New Year’s Resolution Walks requires everyone meet promptly at 9 am at the VA Hospital (3350 La Jolla Village Dr.) to take Bus 30 to the starting point. Later, we will take Bus 101 from Torrey Pines Reserve back to the VA Hospital to avoid parking problems. This is a 4.7 mile casual to moderate beach walk (no food or water available) and includes viewing a most unusual “beach house” on the cliff and beach just before Black’s Beach. Parking and public transportation from OTTC alternatives require detailed explanation. Email Dan D. at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply with details or phone (858) 722-3002. Heavy rain cancels.
Sunday, April 17 (cont.)
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM AROUND CARMEL VALLEY ENVIRONS. Not once, but twice this walk has been rained out. Sooo, let's give it the ol’ college try as we attempt to explore Carmel Valley and its outskirts that still may harbor pockets of serenity on a moderate-plus, 3-hour prance over mixed-up and up and down pathways and trails in the less frequented, eastern reaches of this burgeoning area. Look for Larry in front of Trader Joe's entrance, inside the new Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center, near the corner of Carmel Valley and Del Mar Heights Rds. Directions: from Route 56/Ted Williams Fwy., take the Carmel Valley Rd. exit going north about 1/2 mile, with the mall on the right. BYO water. Rain (hopefully not) cancels! (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).