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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Contact Information

Mar 3

Irma: irmacaizan@yahoo.com or (619) 795-5821

Mar 7

Mike: lewis@san.rr.com or (858) 922-0738

Mar 10

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com

Mar 14

Bob: gwarrickster@gmail.com or 760-730-2349

Mar 17

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com

Mar 21

Eva: (619) 283-1872 or evajudo@aol.com

Mar 24

Ray: ray@escondidocoin.com

Mar 28

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com

Mar 31

Rita C. Memorial Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 670-6862


Thursday, March 1

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: UPTOWN/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS. Let’s walk over the bridge and wander past these historic homes and modern drought resistant gardens for 1 hour at a moderate pace on mostly flat terrain. We’ll meet by the entrance to the pedestrian bridge behind Trader Joe’s. Turn north off University Ave. at Vermont St. into the parking lot. Mark L. (619) 964-3097.

Friday, March 2

10:00 am

Hillcrest Canyon Exploration. A casual two hour walk for 2 miles in the canyon lands running through Hillcrest on gravel paths (some small hills) and city sidewalks. Meet at The Hub shopping center (near Panera by University and Vermont Aves.) Wear good walking shoes and carry a walking stick if needed. We'll stop for an optional lunch afterward. Buses #11, 10, and 1 will drop you practically at the door. Rain cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

Sunday, March 4

7:15 am

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.

Monday, March 5

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, March 8

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NORTH PARK. Meet Frances at the restaurant at 3949 Ohio St. just north of University Ave., where there is plenty of parking, for this casual to moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. This neighborhood is a walker’s paradise, where daily errands do not require a car. From I-805, exit at University Ave. and head west to Ohio St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 479-3962.

Friday, March 9

6:00 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, March 10

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, March 11

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, March 12

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE BAY. Today we’ll hope for sunny skies, lots of birds and that any clouds are the fluffy kind for a more beautiful sunrise. Meet at the former Visitor Information Center just west of the I-5 at the Clairemont Dr. exit. We usually have two groups, casual and moderate, on this 1 hour flat walk. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward at one of our favorite places. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Thursday, March 15

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 at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

Saturday, March 17


Happy 41st Birthday Walkabout. Recreate the walk that launched thousands upon thousands of ships, er, walks since St. Patrick’s Day of 1977. Savor what the times were like back then and how Walkabout took its first baby steps. Explore what were some little-known trails in the picturesque La Playa area of Point Loma on a 1.5 hour, moderate walk over mixed up-and-down terrain. Look for Rob K. who is recreating Larry’s first walk, at the front of Pizza Nova (5050 N. Harbor Dr.) near Scott St. There is free parking available in the lot or on streets nearby. From there we’ll proceed to the traditional "poetic" starting point of Scott and Emerson Sts. Rain Cancels. (619) 972-2819.

Sunday, March 18

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, MARCH 19

6:30 am

Sunrise Series: MARINA VILLAGE. This is a very flat 1 hour walk at a moderate pace with beautiful views where many sport fishing boats are moored. Take the I-8 to the west end, left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., right at the light (W. Point Loma Blvd.), then right at Bacon St. (stop sign) to the parking lot by the restrooms at Robb Field. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Tuesday, March 20

10:00 am

Celebrate spring & cherry blossoms. Joining us at a tranquil spot in beautiful Balboa Park for a casual walk as we make our leisurely way along winding paths and gradual slopes to view the fascinating exhibits. Pause to enjoy the ambience of the sights and the scents of the flowers and trees and the sounds of the birds and water running over the rocks. Meet at the entrance to the Japanese Friendship Gardens. This is free Tuesday, so remember to bring ID. Time permitting we will visit other hidden gardens or museums. For public transit, take the #7 bus. Optional lunch afterward. Janet F. & Elaine B. (858) 560-9003.

2:00 pm

Little Known North Park. Celebrate the first day of spring by discovering some of the charming cul-de-sacs in North Park. We will find at least five of them as we walk past well-kept Craftsman and Spanish–style houses built in the early and mid 1900s. We will also see a ‘literary’ and ‘artistic’ fence. Meet at the corner of 31st and Thorn Sts. for a casual–to-moderate, 1-½ hour, flat walk. Bus #2 stops at 30th and Thorn. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, March 22

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LIBERTY STATION/SPANISH LANDING. Meet in the parking lot at Womble and Truxtun Rds. on Liberty Station. We will walk for 1 hour on flat/paved terrain, at a casual to moderate pace with faster walkers going at their own pace. We’ll head through Liberty Station and over to Spanish Landing to check out the sites. If you haven’t taken this walk before, it is delightful and, yes, the airplanes do depart San Diego’s Lindbergh Field at exactly 6:30 am! Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Happy big birthday to Edie! Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Friday, March 23

6:00 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, March 25

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, March 26

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Little Italy. We’ll walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat paved terrain. We’ll check out the port and see if anything is new before we touch on Little Italy and circle back. There’s always a new building to see. Take Harbor Dr. south a couple blocks past Broadway, turn right and park at the Kissing Statue near the Midway Museum. Bring money for optional breakfast. Edie (619) 313-7818.

Thursday, March 29

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.

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.