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Reprinted from AARP Magazine 2017

 

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DECEMBER

Weekly Repeating Walks 
These walks repeat every week this month at the same location, day, and time.

 

Mondays

10:00 am ***No walk on Christmas Day***

walking crown point san diegoCROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes as a guest leader takes the group on a moderate to moderate-plus flat walk for about 2 hours with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont St., turn left on Lamont St., then right on Crown Point Dr. to meet at the west end of the parking lot by the park’s southern end restrooms. To use public transit, take the trolley to Old Town and board the #9 bus at 9:10, get off at La Cima Dr. and walk 3 blocks east to the parking lot. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.

Tuesdays

7:00 am

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. In partnership with the SD River Park Foundation ‘Park Watch’ Program, join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north/south paved trails from Fashion Valley Road to Camino Del Este or Qualcomm Way for 4-5 miles round-trip. During the walk we will be reporting any encampments, trash, debris, graffiti or lights out to City and SDRPF. Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge (across from Fashion Valley trolley stop). Rain Cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

6:30 pm

ABOVE THE BAY. Join us for some exercise and fabulous views of the lights around Mission Bay. Meet by Carl's Jr. at Clairemont Dr. and Burgener Blvd. for a hilly, 1-hour plus, moderate to moderate-plus walk. Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is ‘on’ for the week. Rarely, we cancel due to holidays or commitments during this busy season.

Thursdays

10:00 am

MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this moderate-plus or moderate flat walk. Meet at the Belmont Park ticket booth off of Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, and then take the #8 bus at 9:40 to Mission Blvd. arriving at 9:54, and walk across the street. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.

 

 

 

10:00 am

SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK BUNCH. Join Sandra, Sally and Friends for a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai Restaurant to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60-70 minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends at east end of the island to the right of the Bali Hai by the lamp post and hand rails, where we will stretch for a few minutes. Ample free parking. If you're late, drive down the island and join us along the way. Take the #28 bus and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Bali Hai, Optional eats afterward. Heavy rain cancels. Join us - just for the health of it! Sally R. (619) 222-3800.

SUNDAYS

8:15 am

MERRY GO-ROUND. Start from the carousel in Balboa Park and join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. Our moderate-plus walk encompasses the harbor, downtown, Bankers Hill and bridges depending on size of group and mood. Allow 3 hours, which includes a coffee break. Meet Rick in lot near carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. (858) 565-7212.

Hike Wednesdays & Saturdays

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER)

Time: TBA

WILDERNESS HIKE. Details e-mailed a day or two before. IMPORTANT HIKE INFO: Park on the street in front of the Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South (west of Texas St.). Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers. Bring lunch, 2-3 quarts of water, sun and rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. “First timers" must call the leader. All participants must be in top condition, well prepared for trail conditions and will be accepted at the leader’s discretion. Hikers must be able to keep pace with the group. Check http://www.walkabouthikes.org as weather or unusual conditions may cause the hike to be moved or canceled. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant hike leader as noted.

Date Contact Information
Dec 2 Bob Rcare4bob@sbcglobal.net or (760) 468-0070
Dec 6 Bob Rcare4bob@sbcglobal.net or (760) 468-0070
Dec 9 Bill B: wa4lrm@gmail.com or (619) 206- 5809
Dec 13 Don Pdpiller@cox.net or (760) 670-6862
Dec 16 Bill Bwa4lrm@gmail.com or 619-206- 5809
Dec 20 Mike L: lewis@san.rr.com or (858) 922-0738
Dec 23 Ray Eray@escondidocoin.com ​or (760) 644-1648 
Dec 27 Bill Bwa4lrm@gmail.com or (619) 206- 5809
Dec 30 Ray Eray@escondidocoin.com ​or (760) 644-1648 

 

 

MORE GREAT WALKS THIS MONTH

Friday, December 1

10:00 AM

Hillcrest Montecito Point. This will be a 1-1/2 hour casual walk through the hospital district and neighborhood North of Washington St. We will visit the campus of Scripps Mercy and UCSD medical center. Part of the walk will be up and down stairs and some dirt trails to see canyon views. Meet in the courtyard of Village Hillcrest at 3955 Fifth Ave. (below Landmark Theater). Rain cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

Sunday, December 3

 7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL DOWNTOWN. Let’s take a casual stroll through the downtown area admiring the Christmas decorations and holiday spirit. Optional breakfast follows. Meet at the corner of 2nd Ave. and G St. Parking is free on 2nd and 3rd Aves. south of G St. until 10 am and also in yellow zones on Sundays. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Monday, December 4

6:30 am

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.

Thursday, December 7

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NORTH PARK. Meet at Pershing Dr. and Upas St. for a one hour casual to moderate walk. We’ll stroll thru Bird Park and check out the area around it. Take I-5 to Pershing Dr. exit and continue on Pershing Dr. for 1.5 miles – your destination will be on the right. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward at a new restaurant. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Friday, December 8

4:00 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. We will enjoy the late afternoon views. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west about a mile on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Saturday, December 9

7:15 am

LATE BIRDS. For those of us who can't get up in time for the Sunrise Series, Anna T. will lead a flat 1-hour walk at your own pace around Pacific Beach, followed by an optional breakfast. Take the #30 bus at 6:45 from Old Town, exit at Mission Blvd. Meet in front of Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Rain cancels. (619) 231-7463.

Sunday, December 10

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful any time of the year with many paths to explore on this flat walk at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward (Greek?) is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday December 11

 6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: DOWNTOWN. Let’s take a casual stroll through the downtown area admiring the Christmas decorations and holiday spirit. Optional breakfast follows. Meet at the corner of 2nd Ave. and G St. Parking is free on 2nd and 3rd Aves. south of G St. until 10 am. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Wednesday, December 13

2:00PM

Bonita museum and . Let's see the spectacular Teller Magi collection at the Bonita Museum: over 800 sets of wise men from more than 50 countries. We will begin with a short tour of the museum, but come early or stay later. Then we will walk the trail around Rohr Park and the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course and see the Rohr Mansion, the Old Adobe, and the train that was once broken accidentally by Walkabouters. Meet at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Rd., for a 1-1/2 hour, casual to moderate flat walk. Park in the museum's lot. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday December 14

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CORONADO. Let’s take a flat, moderate paced walk through beautiful Coronado with stops to admire the shops, homes, gardens, Hotel Del Coronado and of course the beach. Meet at the west side of 10th St. and Orange Ave. with optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

7:30 pm

CLAIREMONT CANDY CANE LANE. Meet in front of Madison High School under the lighted sign at 4833 Doliva Dr. (parking available on Warhawk Way) for a casual walk to admire homes decorated for Christmas. Some homes sell cookies, hot chocolate, and/or cider in their driveways. Bring a flashlight. Rain cancels. Beverly D. (858) 229-0741.

Saturday December 16

6:00 pm

SPARKLING LIGHTS OF BALBOA PARK. Join us for a 1-hour casual walk through Balboa Park past various evening activities and many bright lights as well as into serene garden areas. At the end of the walk we'll check out the possibility of light refreshments at Panama 66 or Lady Caroline's Pub. Meet Stella and Derek at one of the tables in the Spanish Village. Plenty of zoo parking available at this time. (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, December 17

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG EAST MISSION BAY. Let’s take a flat walk at your own speed to see the birds, boats, and views. Optional breakfast and chatting follow. Meet on Mission Bay Dr. by the restrooms just south of Clairemont Dr. If the road/parking lot is closed for an event, meet in the restaurant parking lot at Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river or Old Town. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, December 18

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Let’s enjoy the season by the bay on this flat 1 hour moderate walk where we can watch for a beautiful sunrise and check out the different birds. Meet at the former Visitors Information Center. From the I-5, take the Clairemont Dr. exit and go west. Optional breakfast follows. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Thursday December 21

6:30 pm

Old Town

SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new. Meet at the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. for this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Friday, December 22

4:00 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. We will enjoy the late afternoon views. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west about a mile on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Sunday, December 24

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll walk along the ocean admiring the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the west end of Garnet Ave. by Crystal Pier. From Old Town Transit Center, take the #8 bus at 6:30. Rain cancels or postpones. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

Thursday December 28

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LIBERTY STATION. Meet Edie in the parking lot off Truxtun near Womble for a 1 hour moderate walk. We’ll investigate the new additions for the holidays and enjoy some old. The ice rink will be quiet and the Christmas tree may be dark, but the spirit will still be there. Maybe the restaurants and businesses have added a little holiday cheer. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 313-7818.

Spanish Village

SPARKLING LIGHTS OF BALBOA PARK. Join us for a 1-hour casual walk through Balboa Park past various evening activities and many bright lights as well as into serene garden areas. At the end of the walk we'll check out the possibility of light refreshments at Panama 66 or Lady Caroline's Pub. Meet Stella and Derek at one of the tables in the Spanish Village. Plenty of zoo parking available at this time. (619) 232-3756.

6:00 pm

Sunday, December 31

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN LA JOLLA. Let’s take a moderate walk along the ocean to check out the surf and see if any whales are swimming by on their way from Alaska to Baja California. Optional breakfast at a well-known diner. Meet at Girard Ave. and Pearl St. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Flashlights should be kept handy on evening or early morning walks. They help you not only to see, but to be seen. In case of emergency please carry ID and medical information.