MAY 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

Mission Bay Sunsets. Walk leaves promptly at 6:30. Rain cancels. Enjoy the cooler evening air and beautiful views of Mission Bay! Join us for a flat but fairly fast-paced moderate to moderate-plus walk along the shores of Mission Bay. Take I-5 and go west on Clairemont Dr. to meet at the former Visitors Information Center. Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231.


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.

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

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 one mile on Ft. Stockton Dr. and Allen Rd. 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 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
May 3 Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or
May 6 Bob R: (760) 728-8232
May 10 Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or
May 13 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
May 17 TBA
May 20 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
May 24 Mike L. (858) 455-0738
May 27 Bob R: (760) 728-8232
May 31 Eva: (619) 283-1872 or




Monday, May 1

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, May 4

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Eastern Balboa Park. Meet 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. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.




Friday, May 5

10:00 am

Balboa Southeast Loop. Meet near the corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way for a casual walk mostly on sidewalks, with time to explore the sights. We will see the Veterans Museum, Inspiration Point, the Balboa Park Activity Center, and other landmarks. Optional lunch afterward. Rain cancels. Roger (619) 299-0489.

Sunday, May 7

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 or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

9:15 am

MAY THE FOURTH-PLUS-THREE BE WITH THEE. We will O-BE-WANdering amongst flat and out-of-this-world pathways on a moderate-plus 3-hour serene saunter in this inland empire along the environs of the Palacio Del Mar community in a remote region of tranquility and calm in Carmel Valley. LUKE for Larry under the SKY as we join other WALKERS at the northwest corner of Carmel Creek Rd. and Valley Center Dr. (just outside the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center where ample free parking abounds). Take the Carmel Creek Rd. exit off of Highway 56. Rain cancels. If YODA have any questions: (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Monday, may 8

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION VALLEY. Let’s take a flat walk at your own speed along the San Diego River. We’ll look for birds, new tree growth and new commercial development. Linger afterwards for optional breakfast. Meet at parking lot at Mission Center Rd. and Camino de la Reina (look for Jared’s sign). Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Thursday, May 11

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.

Saturday, May 13

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.

9:00 am

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. Join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north trail from the Fashion Valley Mall to Camino Del Este and returning via the south trail for about 4 miles round-trip. All walk surfaces are paved and mostly flat with some inclines. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at the Fashion Valley Transit Center or park in the lot at the transit center (specified trolley parking areas only). Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge (across from trolley stop) that crosses the river to the hotel. John N. (619) 772-8855.

Sunday, May 14

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, May 15

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Riverwalk. We’ll meet at the restaurant on the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river as we try to make it to Mission Valley. Terrain is flat and walk will be at a moderate pace for 1 hour. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Tuesday, May 16

2:00 pm

BIRD ROCK in the Spring. Discover the church that once was a railroad station as we meander along an unpaved nature path in the Bird Rock area. We will also explore some of the residential streets with lovely homes and gardens. Meet at the corner of Camino de la Costa and La Jolla Blvd, one block north of Bird Rock Ave., for a 90 minute casual-to-moderate, mostly flat walk. Bus #30 stops at La Jolla Blvd. and Camino de la Costa. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, May 18

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH SHORE. Meet at the South Shores Boat Launch just east of Sea World on Mission Bay. Maybe we’ll see some rabbits and great sea birds. 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. Optional breakfast follows this moderate, flat 1-hour walk. Edie (619) 222-4396.

Sunday, May 21

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, May 22

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BALBOA PARK. Meet Connie at 5th Ave. and Spruce St. to start our exploration of Balboa Park from the west side where we’ll plan to see two of San Diego’s historic treasures, the Marston House, a classic 1805 Arts and Crafts style museum home designed by renowned local architects William Hubbard and Irving Gill, and then continue over historic Cabrillo Bridge to Plaza de Panama and into Balboa Park as far as we can go in 1 hour on flat and paved terrain at your own pace. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Thursday, May 25

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Tecolote Canyon. Let’s walk in beautiful Tecolote Canyon on a flat comfortable dirt road as we see what the season has to offer on this casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Take I-5 to Tecolote Rd. exit, go east on Tecolote Rd. all the way into the canyon to the parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.




Sunday, May 28

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.

Monday, May 29 (Holiday)

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 and park at the first small parking area on your left (2nd entrance). Optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

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.