April 2017

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Month at a Glance Calendar 

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.


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 (see Thomas Guide 1248-F6). 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

Bali Hai Restraurant San DiegoSHELTER 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.

10:15 am

MORNING STROLL IN BALBOA PARK. Meet at the Senior Lounge across from the Museum of Photographic Arts to walk at a casual pace through beautiful Balboa Park for about 45 minutes. Terrain is flat and mostly paved. Stay after for optional coffee. For public transit, use the #7 bus. Rain cancels. Mary T. (619) 291-1349.

5:30 pm

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.


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 on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.


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.

Nasty in the mountains again

Contact Information

Apr 1


Apr 5

Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or care4bob@sbcglobal.net

Apr 8

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

Apr 12

Mike L. (858) 455-0738

Apr 15

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

Apr 19

Potluck - Margot

Apr 22

Bob R: (760) 728-8232 (Santa Rosa Plateau)

Apr 26

Candy: (619) 435-2894 or ccbeckwith146@yahoo.com

Apr 29

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



Saturday April 1

4:01 am

APRIL'S FIRST AMBLE. As Walkabout celebrates our 40th anniversary year of pedestrian power, you are cordially invited to mark the occasion with a free breakfast -- Walkabout's treat -- at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park after Larry pulls your legs on a casual stroll past the memorable museums in San Diego's premier park. Enjoy the traditional foolishness of the day by meeting at the northeast corner of Twelfth Ave. and Laurel St. Very limited seating, so RSVP for walk and free breakfast (619) 555-WALK. Rain does NOT cancel this festive event!

Sunday, April 2

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ON SHELTER ISLAND. Ships and seagulls will delight us as we walk as far around Shelter Island as we wish at our own speed. Time out to pet cute dogs. The walk is mostly flat, but we might go along the shore and some might go up the hill for the views. Optional breakfast follows to eat and chat. Meet at Shelter Island Dr. and Anchorage Ln. This intersection is served by the 6:45 #28 bus. Rain cancels. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, April 3

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. Betty (858) 248-3782.







Tuesday, April 4

10:00 am

DISCOVER SMALLEST PARK IN SAN DIEGO. Meet in Balboa Park at 6th and Upas to take a short walk to a tiny park you've probably never noticed. From there we'll continue a 60-90 minute casual stroll past several points of interest on our way back to Marston House gardens and gift shop in the largest city park in San Diego. Rain cancels. Stella (619) 232-3756.

Thursday, April 6

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NATIONAL CITY. We’ll take a moderate 1-hour flat walk to check out the National City Marina and then on to Pepper Park. We hope to see a cargo ship unloading cars or lumber and people fishing off the pier. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Take I-5 south to the Mile of Cars Way/Bay Marina Dr exit, turn right (west) and then make a left at signal into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Friday, April 7

10:00 am

Balboa Park Prado Loop. Meet near the corner of Laurel and 6th Ave. by the Kate Sessions statue for a casual walk mostly on sidewalks with time to explore the sights. We will cross the El Prado bridge and do a loop through some of the gardens and landmark buildings in the park, including the Alcazar garden, the old cactus garden, and palm garden. Optional lunch afterward. Rain Cancels. Roger (619) 299-0489.

Saturday, April 8

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.

10:00 am

7 Great Walks of Mission Bay
. This final walk of the series is a 4.3 mile moderate walk on Fiesta Island. Exit I-5 onto Sea World Dr. and head west to the first intersection with E. Mission Bay Dr. and turn right. Then turn left onto Fiesta Island Rd and drive onto the island. Turn right and find parking in the sand along the road to meet for a clockwise walk around the island. Heavy rain cancels. Dan D. at ddobbs48@gmail.com for details or (858) 722-3002.

Sunday, april 9

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, April 10

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. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Wednesday, April 12

8:15 am

Laguna Beach at low tide. Train rides and a fun-filled walk along Laguna Beach at low tide, can it get any better? Meet at Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) before the Amtrak train departs at 8:30. Best to purchase round trip train ticket beforehand: (800) 872-7245 or amtrak.com (enter start location as San Diego Old Town and destination of San Juan Capistrano). Bring electronic ticket or email attachment from Amtrak and your reservation# to the train. Cost for trains is $44 per adult or $37.40 per senior. Bring $ for optional brunch at Denny’s in Dana Point and a nice early dinner in San Juan Capistrano before we leave. We will return to OTTC on the 5:24 pm Amtrak train to arrive at OTTC at 6:54 pm. Rain or Shine. Email Dan D. at ddobbs48@gmail.com for full details or (858) 722-3002.

Thursday, April 13

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 16

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, April 17

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OCEAN BEACH. We will take a moderate 3-mile walk visiting the pier to see the surfers and fishermen and then continuing in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood. To reach our meeting place, take I-8 to the west end, turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., then turn right onto Newport Blvd. for a block and a half. Meet across the street from the old Strand Theater. Bring money for an optional breakfast. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Tuesday, April 18

2:00 pm

TRAVELS THROUGH BURLINGAME. Celebrate finishing your taxes with a 1-1/2 hour casual-to-moderate mostly flat stroll through the charming neighborhood of Burlingame. We'll walk along the curving pink sidewalks past well-kept homes in Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Prairie, Mission Revival, and Swiss Chalet style. We may even venture into Switzer Canyon. Meet at the corner of 32nd and Kalmia Sts. Bus #2 stops at 30th and Juniper. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 462-6095.

Thursday, April 20

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 left as you approach the lake. Optional breakfast follows. Margo (619) 287-7722.

Sunday, April 23

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.

9:15 am

FANCIFUL FOOTPATHS AROUND FAIRBANKS. Wander through a remarkable realm of rustically rambling ranches, serenely sprawling estates, and cozy country corners on a lively, moderate-plus 3-hour prance over mixed up and down-right hilly terrain in the Fairbanks Ranch environs. Look for Larry at the corner of San Dieguito and Rancho Diegueno Rds. (by the traffic signal just outside Del Rayo Village Center where parking abounds near Leucadia Pizza). From I-5: take the Via De La Valle exit east (about 1 mile) to El Camino Real and go south (one intersection) to San Dieguito Rd, where you go east for about 2.7 miles. BYO water. Rain cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, April 24

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge, park at the second entrance to the small parking lot on your left. Edie (619) 222-4396.

Thursday, April 27

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH SHORE. Meet at the South Shores Boat Launch just east of Sea World on Mission Bay. Hopefully we’ll see some rabbits and the great sea birds there. Take I-5 to Sea World Dr. and go west to the South Shores Boat Launch Ramp area. Watch for the sign, it is not very prominent. We’ll meet at the restrooms at the boat launch. Optional breakfast follows this moderate, flat 1-hour walk. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Sunday, april 30

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG ADAMS AVE. Interesting homes and views along the edge of Mission Valley will greet us on this flat, moderate walk. Optional breakfast follows. Rain cancels or postpones. Meet at 30th St. and Adams Ave. Pat's Pals (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.