APRIL

WEEKLY REPEATING WALKS

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

Mondays

10:00 am

CROWN 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.

10:00 am

La Playa or harbor. Join peripatetic leaders Mark, Rob, Jackie or Sally as we alternate walking around either America’s Cup Harbor to admire what’s new in the marina OR follow the historic La Playa Trail along the shore past yacht clubs and amazing homes. The Casual+ pace walks on flat surfaces are approximately 3 miles for about 1.5 hours. Optional eats afterward. Meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking. Served by #28 Bus. Heavy rain cancels. Sally (619) 222-3800.

Tuesdays

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. Join Sandra, Sally and friends for a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60+ minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends 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.

5:30 pm ***NEW WALK***

Thursday Tromp. Meet in front of Bookstar in Costa Verde Shopping Center at 8650 Genesee Ave. for a friendly walk’n’talk for about 1½ hours at a moderate-plus pace through neighborhoods, parks, and canyon trails all around UTC and UCSD areas. Rain cancels. Kathy T. (858) 539-6888 or Barbara S. (858) 452-8832.

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. To use public transit, take the trolley to 3rd Ave. and C St. At 3rd Ave. and Broadway take the #7 bus at 7:42 or 7:48. Arrive at Zoo Pl. at 8:00 or 8:06. Meet Rick in lot near carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. (858) 565-7212.

Hike Wednesdays & Saturdays

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
Apr 4 Mike L. lewis@san.rr.com or (858) 922-0738
Apr 7 TBA
Apr 11 Eva M. evajudo@aol.com or (619) 283-1872
Apr 14 Bill B. wa4lrm@gmail.com or (619) 206-5809
Apr 18 Spring Potluck Don P. dpiller@cox.net or (760) 670-6862
Apr 21 Bill B wa4lrm@gmail.com or (619) 206-5809
Apr 25 Ray E ray@escondidocoin.com or (760) 644-1648
Apr 28 Irma K. irmacaizan@gmail.com or (619) 795-5821

MORE GREAT WALKS IN APRIL

Sunday, April 1

7:15 am

Shelter Island

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual walk along the playa admiring the beautiful boats, birds, homes, and gardens before our optional breakfast. Meet at meter-less spaces in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr.) Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Sunday, April 1

3:00 pm

SERIOUSLY, NO APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. We'll have an Easter egg hunt in a secluded area of our world-famous Balboa Park before we take a casual walk over to view the smallest and least known park in all of San Diego! Meet Stella at corner of 6th Ave. and Upas. (619) 232-3756.

6:30 am

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.

Tuesday April 3

10:00 am

EXPLORE THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM. Join us in Balboa Park on free Tuesday for San Diego City & County residents. Make sure you bring your ID. Come explore interesting exhibits. We will learn about the unique habitats of southern California, from the coastal wetlands and urban canyons to the high mountains and the desert. Meet at the front steps to the Natural History Museum. If time permits we will walk through other areas of the park. For public transit, take the #7 bus. Optional lunch after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.

2:00 pm

Streets of North Park. Start the month off with a stroll through the neighborhoods of south North Park and Burlingame, where we will see well-kept Craftsman and Spanish style houses built in the early and mid-1900s. We will walk through the campus of the St. Augustine High School and admire the original 1923 Mission Revival buildings designed by Richard Requa, plus some brand-new additions. Meet at the corner of 32nd and Maple St. for a flat, 1-½ hour casual-to-moderate walk. Bus #2 stops at 30th and Laurel. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, April 5

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Sunday, April 8

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: 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, April 9

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.

Tuesday April 10

10:30 am

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK. Meet Linda H. and Beverly D. at the entrance for a casual walk through the Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park). We will wander the African Plains Trail and also see if we can get up close and personal with a lemur in the Lemur Walk exhibit. Optional lunch in the park. Rain cancels. Non-members may contact Linda H. to see if we can come up with a guest pass for you. Also contact Linda if you are interested in carpooling. Riders will pay drivers $5. hitney@juno.com or (619) 222-1056.

Thursday, April 12

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Eastern Balboa Park. Meet Edie at the merry go-round off Park Blvd. near the Zoo. We’ll see roses and cacti galore, and much more on this moderate 1-hour walk. We’ll stay on cement paths, cross a bridge and hope for a rose garden in full bloom. Plan for an optional breakfast afterward. Shall we try Greek? (619) 313-7818.

Friday, April 13

6:00 pm

Mission Hills

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, April 14

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, April 15

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION BEACH. Let’s walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the ocean waves reflecting the rising sun. We also might go north or south as we explore the variety of homes from old beach cottages to modern multi-story residences including a boat house. Optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the merry-go-round on Mission Blvd. near Mission Bay Dr. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, April 16

6:30 am

Sunrise Series: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual to moderate walk along this beautiful mostly-flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. There will be a choice of going up a hill for those who feel they would like to climb to where the view is very scenic. To meet the group, from I-5, drive west on Rosecrans St. to Shelter Island Dr., turn left and go about two blocks to Anchorage Dr. to the large parking lot (park where there are no meters). Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

10:30 am

Coastal Retirement Living. Join Marilyn B. as she begins her exploration of senior housing options in San Diego. This month we will visit Chateau La Jolla Inn, an independent living community located in La Jolla Village at 233 Prospect St. We will take a 1-hour mostly flat casual walk nearby, venturing down the coast for a view of the ocean and to see what the seals and sea lions are doing. Meet at the intersection of Prospect and Silverado Sts. After our walk we will go to The Chateau for a complimentary luncheon and a tour of their beautiful facility. Please call Walkabout (619) 231-7463 to reserve a spot on the lunch and tour list. Rain cancels walk, but we’ll still meet for lunch and tour at 11:30 am. (619) 692-0536.

Thursday, April 19

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Meet Marilyn at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 294-8308.

Sunday, April 22

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: 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.

Monday, April 23

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: KENSINGTON. Gardens are in bloom in this charming area at this time of year as we take a moderate flat 1-hour walk to view gardens and homes followed by an optional breakfast. Meet at the library at Kensington St. and Adams Ave. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

 

Thursday, April 26

6:30 am

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. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Friday, April 27

6:00 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Sunday, April 29

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL MISSION VALLEY RIM. Let’s walk along the interesting streets on the rim of Mission Valley to admire the homes and landscaping. Meet at Adams Ave. and 30th St. Optional breakfast follows. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

4:00 pm

WALK IN THE PARK. Take a casual walk to explore the park and the Rose Garden. Meet at Upas St. and Balboa Dr. Rain cancels. Derek (619) 298-4891.

Monday, April 30

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: KEARNY MESA. Return to a familiar place as we walk on mostly flat terrain at a moderate pace for 1 hour. We’ll meet in the parking lot of the restaurant at 3906 Convoy St. Maybe we can explore a different area this time, but also some familiar sites. An optional breakfast follows. Take the I-805, exit at Balboa Ave. turnoff, east to Convoy St. and turn right. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

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.