2017 – 2018 Travel Plans

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More information to follow as trips are planned

 

This months featured Trip(s)

Days of Wine and Whales
February 17 – 23, 2018

Come along with us to spend a few magical days in Baja California.  You will be transported via deluxe motor coach right from downtown San Diego to Scammon’s Lagoon for three Whale watching excursions. The return trip includes two days enjoying the Guadalupe valley’s beautiful landscapes, museums, vineyards and Mexican viniculture interlaced with gourmet foods, wine tastings and glorious pacific sunset views from our hotel in Ensenada before returning to San Diego.

The trip price includes:  7 days and 6 nights’ accommodation, most meals with one drink each. Meals are chosen according to local specialty, snacks and drinking water, all visits and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, THREE whale-watching excursions in Scammon’s Lagoon, services of experienced local travel guides, along with taxes and tips of included meals and hotels. The cost is $1550/person, double occupancy, with an additional $300 single supplement. Select Whale Trip to find a complete description

 

Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in LA

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.

 

 

 

 Joys of Walking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

In partnership with Scripps Health Foundation, Walkabout International presents: The Joys of Walking – a free festival celebrating 40 years of the wonders of walking in San Diego and Beyond! The event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm at the Corky McMillin Companies Event Center at Liberty Station.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Susan Taylor, former NBC News anchor, now Director External Affairs at Scripps Health.

Keynote speakers will include a Scripps Health Care integrative cardiologist and authors Maggie Spilner with 20 years as Senior Editor of Prevention Magazine and Robert and Martha Manning, authors of two books on the blissfulness of the joys of walking.

Following the talks, there will be various walks around Liberty Station.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us. More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

 

Bus trip to Riverside County
Saturday, December 9

Our first stop will be at the Old Town Farmers Market in Temecula. Our next adventure takes us to Tio Tacos – a traditional taco shop with funky, eclectic, folk art behind the building. All of the art material is either found or recycled.

Then to a docent led tour of the famous Mission Inn which is comparable to the Hotel Del in Coronado. Lastly, we will experience the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn at dusk. Millions of lights will create a magical experience. Details to follow in future newsletters.

Please call our office (619) 231-7463 for details or to be placed on the Interest list


 

 

 

Overnight Trips
SE New Mexico October 19 – 26
San Antonio Riverwalk Early December
S.E. NEW MEXICO
October 19 – 26 2017
For a truly southwestern experience, come join Walkabout for wonderful walks in southeastern New Mexico, and a bit of Texas, too.  You’ll fly from San Diego to El Paso, TX where you will be met by leader Dan Haslam for 8 days and 7 nights of interesting walking tours in the southwest, including “Sunshine City” (El Paso), its parks and sites, and more than a day of touring New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns NHP.  We’ll walk into the caves for tremendous sight seeing, enjoy a picnic lunch here and remain at an outdoor amphitheater late afternoon to watch thousands of bats ascend from the caverns en route to their evening activities and dinner. It’s quite a sight!  Our tour van will venture up to Roswell, NM to investigate the infamous UFO sightings, with a stop at a McDonald’s shaped like a flying saucer!  We’ll also tour the Alamagordo White Sands Missile Site, and head into some beautiful NM mountains for some scenic hiking.  We’ll visit sites in Las Cruces as well and return to El Paso for your flight home.  Air transportation, van travel, 7 nights’ accommodations, two meals per day (typically breakfast and lunch) and most all admissions are included with this tour, including the services of your tour leader and co-leader. Full price is $899 per person/double occupancy.  If you are interested, please send a $300 deposit (nonrefundable once airline tickets are purchased) payable to Walkabout International.  Include your name as it will appear on an airline ticket, your date of birth and email address (or that of a friend) for future correspondence.  Trip insurance is not included but is recommended, but don’t purchase until you are confirmed for the trip via email. This trip is open until filled, and will be a van tour with not more than 10 people if a 12-passenger van, or 13 people if a 15-passenger van. Questions?  Please email danielbhaslam111@yahoo.com.

2017 Trip Re-Cap

GOLD RUSH COUNTRY!
April 4 – April 11, 2017
Gold Country
Gold Country

Eleven Walkabouters traveled by van to Sacramento and California Gold Rush country in early April to ride along Route 49 and visit gold sites. The group learned about mining methods and spent a couple of days in Lake Tahoe, nearly getting snowed in. They escaped in their van by climbing the Donner Pass, only to find out that their newly purchased snow chains were too small, so new ones were purchased and installed on the spot. They toured Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and Sutter’s Mill along the American River where gold was discovered. They took a train ride at Railtown in Jamestown, and ate twice at Mel’s Diner because it was so good. There were cocktail and pizza parties, and in Auburn the group posed for a picture mimicking a Native American on the hunt. On the last full day of the tour our group was scheduled to spend the day at Yosemite National Park, avoiding a landslide due to heavy snows this year.  Our group spent an afternoon at Columbia State Park touring old mining-era buildings and some enjoyed a stagecoach ride. Travelers were: Dan Haslam (leader), Jim Miller (co-leader), Ginger Thaler, Bev Stebbins, Charlotte Sedgwick, Marianne Goldberg, Regina Bartolini, Margot and Walter Linback, and newbies Jimmy and Fariba Talebi.

Bermuda Cruise
May 

Under Bermuda’s Moon Gate

 

WALKABOUT SWISS TRIP A ROVING SUCCESS
June 25 – July 9, 2017

by Dan Haslam

Sixteen ambitious Walkabouters met up in Zurich, Switzerland late in June for two weeks of hiking throughout this alpine country, with a little city walking, too, thrown in for good measure. This year’s Swiss trip was again conceived and planned by Larry Forman, but due to illness he was unable to lead the tour. Larry selected three and four star hotels for the group to enjoy, complete with full breakfasts and sumptuous multiple course dinners. The villages he selected were all reachable via the Swiss travel pass, which was included with the tour. To reach the group hotel on Lake Lucerne, for example, we boarded a 20th century paddlewheel boat and got off at the third stop. Typically our hotel had a van waiting to haul luggage, and our walking group strolled to the hotel. This is living! Our group used the very accurate Swiss rail system throughout the trip, with many fast transfers and even a trip into northern Italy.

Each morning our group enjoyed a before-breakfast early bird walk, then an extravagant buffet breakfast before setting off for the day’s hike. Typically the group would take a gondola up an alp, then hike for several hours traversing alps enroute to the bottom. Once, a public bus being used to climb the steep hills made a stop so the passengers could get out and take pictures of a waterfall. Just try to get a bus driver to do that anywhere else! Often the group would encounter herds of Swiss cows munching on hillsides, and would have to push their way through the ladies to continue their journey. Farm stands made for convenient rest stops, and always the beautiful scenery of…alps! This year’s tour was led by last-minute substitute Dan Haslam and Walter Konopka, both veterans of prior Swiss excursions. Walter happily led the hikers seeking longer walks, and Dan was content with getting to the bottom as soon as possible.

Our group enjoyed museum days in Lucerne and Chur, and back country experiences in central areas of the country, including squirrel walks, boating excursions, gondolas and many, many trails. Dinners were 2-3 hours in duration and occupied most evenings. Fireworks delighted the group at Lake Lucerne on July 2, and July 4 was celebrated with the group wearing red, white and blue headgear and singing the national anthem at dinner –by request –to a tour group from Switzerland at the hotel dinner. The tour ended in Zermatt, home of the famous Matterhorn, which involved extensive hiking and gondola trips to neighboring mountains for photo ops, a trip to a glacier and ice sculptures and a cog railway. The group kept a daily journal of each day’s activities, which was to be presented to Larry upon return to CA.