2018 Travel Options

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Trips and Travel options added as they become available





Explore Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Join Marilyn B. and Elaine B. on our visit to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. We will arrive in time for you to explore the museum’s various exhibits on your own before lunch. Of special interest is the exhibit of California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930. California Bounty is the first curatorial interpretation of the museum’s distinguished painting collection since 1994. Viewers will take a rambling journey through California’s visual history, a history shaped by a mixture of Mexican and Anglo traditions as well as the state’s position on the Pacific Rim. The exhibition brings together many of the museum’s most cherished paintings, including works by early artists documenting the Mission and Rancho periods: landscapes by plein air painters portraying California’s coasts and canyons; sumptuous portraits and still-life paintings of flowers and paper-wrapped fruit by Alberta and William McCloskey.

Lunch will be on your own. The museum has a restaurant named Tangata and there are several within a short walking distance from the museum.

After lunch we will have a guided tour of the American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times which is a presentation of over 70 photographs celebrating the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents. We will travel on a 30 passenger bus with a restroom. Pick-up will be at Walkabout’s office in Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Rd, at the intersection of Truxtun and Dewey roads. Parking is available in the lot across the street. Final pick-up will be at the La Costa Park & Ride, exit 44 off the I-5 freeway.

Send your check for $69.00 to Walkabout International, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106. Mark the memo line “Bowers”. Please include a stamped self-addressed envelope to receive your trip itinerary. No refunds unless someone from the wait list takes your place. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided. Hope you can join us for a fun day



Due to changes in personal circumstances, tour leader Dan Haslam’s worldwide sabbatical plans have been altered. It appears that Walkabout will go back to offering week-long van trips for 2018, with summer “vacations” offered on Cape Cod, and the fall week-long van trips to national parks beginning around October. As details are developed and the Walkabout board approves new offerings for 2018, it’s best that you simply contact the office (if you have already done so, you’ll automatically receive travel updates) to add yourself to the interest list. Those on the list receive advance notice of our travels, with an opportunity to book once details become known. An e-blast will be sent to those who have email addresses on file at the Walkabout office and early details on any trips will be covered by the Walkablasts. Other trips may be offered by other leaders and day trips will be offered periodically during the year too.

If there are trips that you would enjoy going on in 2018, the office staff would enjoy hearing from you. Some of the trips that have been suggested for 2018 include a return to the San Juan Islands (Washington state), Colorado, Maine (Inn at Poland Springs), Fall Foliage in Vermont, (first week in Oct.), New Orleans & Louisiana, and the Great Lakes region. Some of the national parks tours and attractions being considered are Monticello & Charlottesville, VA, Great Smokey Mountains and Dollywood, Appalachian trail, and Texas Big Bend National Park. Also, the C&O Canal, Harper’s Ferry NP and nearby WVA (and possibly DC).

Most all of the above trips are likely to be air-van trips, which start and finish in San Diego. It is possible to book from a different city, with any upcharge in airfare reflected in your trip price. Where a 12-passenger van is used, only 10 passengers will be aboard. Where a 15-passenger van is utilized, only 13 passengers will be booked. Twelve passenger vans generally offer more flexibility with luggage constraints; occasionally luggage is provided to passengers on trips so that size requirements are met. Some airlines are now charging for carryon luggage, but allow a personal item to come aboard free of charge. In such circumstances you will be given the free luggage dimensions and shown how to pack to meet these, or else you can pay for carry on or checked baggage fees. Trips prices generally include round trip airfare, all ground (van) costs, double occupancy accommodations costs; two meals per day (typically a continental breakfast and main meal at lunch time) and the services of your tour leader and co-leader. Trip insurance is recommended, but not included. Most people find our meal plan, plus a dinner time snack (such as a cocktail party, or pizza night or ice cream night–often included) to be plenty of food. The amount of walking depends on the trip, but typically we have an early bird walk before breakfast (3 miles), our general walking event during the day (4 miles), and an afternoon or evening walk (2-3 miles) to round out the day. Walks are optional, and you can do as much as you wish. Endurance and difficulty levels are explained as part of a daily briefing and a detailed itinerary is provided before you travel. Many trips include picnic meals, which allows the trip food budget to encompass three meals per day. No one has returned hungry from a Walkabout trip. If you have questions about our trip program, you can contact Dan Haslam at danielbhaslam111@yahoo.com.

Whale Watching Recap
February 17 – 23 2018

The Baja California Whale Watching and Wine Tasting trip to Guerrero Negro was a huge success. 31 Walkabouters’ and their friends spent a wonderful 7 days touring Baja California. Guerrero Negro is right on the border between Baja California and Baja California Sur.  

The first day was pretty well consumed riding on a bus from San Diego to San Quintin where the group spent the night in a comfortable beach front motel. The second day finishes the trip to Guerrero Negro and the Halfway Motel aptly named as it is approximately half way from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.

Day three was spent on two whale watching expeditions out into Scammon’s Lagoon a world renowned whale watching area. Whale watching is highly regulated in the lagoon by the Mexican government. The number of crafts, the number of guests in each boat and the duration that they can stay out is strictly enforced. The Panga boat drivers must undergo sessional training and cannot chase whales or interfere with their activities. The wonderful part is that whales seem to go between ignoring the Pangas and actually interacting with them in training there calfs so they come right up to the boats. They will dive beneath them, scape across the bottom and continue to do their Whale “thing” without regard for the great pleasure they are providing. Grey whales spend the summer in the arctic and in late fall start their migration down to three lagoon in Baja California. This migration provides a great deal of activity right off the San Diego coast from mid November, southbound and again from March through April, northbound. Scammon lagoon hosts the largest of these migrations with an estimated approximately 1800 whales in the lagoon the week of our trip. Once in the lagoon mothers give birth to a single calf usually in December through January. The next couple of months are used to strengthen and raise their offspring so that they are able to return to the Arctic for the summer. The lagoon provides protection since for some reason Killer Whales do not enter the lagoon so the newborns are protected for the first several months from the Grey Whales major predator. Females without calves also migrate which attracts all males of breeding age. When not watching a mother swimming with her calf the mating provides its own very interesting show as a mating male must be on it’s back and supported by several other males to mate. All this commotion attracts other interested males which can lead to a whole whale of activity. The first day that our group was out the Panga board drivers commented that very seldom do they see the activity that we were privileged to observe. The second day provided one more chance to observe these wonderful creatures up close and personal before we left shortly after noon for the long drive back to Catavina.

Las Nubes Winery

Catavina was the beginning of our Wine Tasting and Anniversary Fiesta.  Kathy and Don Piller’s 55th Anniversary was on the last day of our trip and since Don was the Walkabout Member who set this trip up he planned with significant assistance from Andiamo, our tour operator, to start a fiesta on Wednesday evening. Margaritas were served to enliven several persons participation in breaking a Pinata. A beautiful cake concluded dinner and this evening’s festivities.  The next morning, after an early morning walk through the desert, led by a bunch of local middle school children we were on the road to Ensenada. The Bus stopped for a short break at the Santo Tomas winery which dates back to the mid 1800 and is one of Mexico’s oldest continuously operating wineries. The next two nights were spent in the Las Rosa Hotel right on the beach in North Ensenada. The Fiesta activities continued at each place where we either had excellent wine tasting or delicious meals. Thursday we stopped at Tres Cantos Winery and Mogor Badan Ranch before an unbelievable lunch at the adjacent Deckman’s restaurant and a nice break before dinner. The final day was off to Monte Nubes Winery and Las Nubes Winery with again an incredible lunch at the Laja restaurant with a wine pairing served with each of our 4 courses. A final Champagne toast concluded our fabulous trip to Baja with a evening bus ride back into San Diego. Adios till next time