Month at a Glance

 

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Featured trip of the Month

Bus trip to Riverside County - Saturday, December 9

Our first stop will be at the Old Town Farmers Market in Temecula. Our next adventure takes us to Tio Tacos - a traditional taco shop with funky, eclectic, folk art behind the building. All of the art material is either found or recycled.

Then to a docent led tour of the famous Mission Inn which is comparable to the Hotel Del in Coronado. Lastly, we will experience the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn at dusk. Millions of lights will create a magical experience. Details to follow in future newsletters. 

 

Please call our office (619) 231-7463 for details or to be placed on the Interest list

 

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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.

Tuesdays July 4th Walk is Cancelled

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.

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.

Thursdays

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.

Fridays

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.

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.

Wednesday & Saturday

TBA

Date Contact Information
Jul 1 Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 796-4007
Jul 5 Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 796-4007
Jul 5 Don: dpiller@cox.net or (760) 796-4007
Jul 8 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or wa4lrm@gmail.com
Jul 12 Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or  care4bob@sbcglobal.net
Jul 15 Eva: (619) 283-1872 or evajudo@aol.com
Jul 19 Jessica N: gossamer666@gmail.com
Jul 22 Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or care4bob@sbcglobal.net
Jul 26 Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or shunt92071@gmail.com
Jul 29 Candy: (619) 435-2894 or ccbeckwith146@yahoo.com
 

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.

Going South on the PCT. You meet all the North Bound Through Hikers

 

 

MORE GREAT WALKS THIS MONTH

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

Monday, July 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. Optional breakfast follows. Betty (858) 248-3782.

Thursday, July 6

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SEAPORT VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO. We’ll start at Seaport Village and walk along the bay toward the Convention Center, exploring Marina Park, on this moderate 1-hour flat walk. Join us for spectacular views of the bay, Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego. If we have time, we’ll also visit the “The Kiss” located next to the USS Midway Museum. Meet at the south end of Pacific Hwy. and park by the Seaport Village merry-go-round. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Friday, July 7

10:00 am

Balboa/Golden Hill Park. Meet at Golden Hill Park at the corner of 25th St. and Russ Blvd. for a casual walk partly on sidewalks, partly on park trails. We will visit Golden Hill Fountain Grotto and the Recreation Center plus some neighborhood sites. Optional lunch afterward. Rain Cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

Saturday, July 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.

Sunday, July 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, July 10

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CLAIREMONT. Meet at Clairemont Dr. and Rappahannock Ave. by the as we explore for 1 hour the almost finished area with new landscaping, etc. As usual there will be 2 groups, casual and moderate paced. Watch the weather and dress accordingly. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Thursday, July 13

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: HARBOR ISLAND. We’ll have a quiet walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat terrain around this beautiful area so close to downtown. Take Harbor Dr. to Harbor Island Dr., turn west to the end and turn left to the parking next to Island Prime Restaurant. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Sunday, July 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, July 17

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.

Thursday July 20

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE inlet AT LIBERTY STATION. Join Edie for a moderate, 1-hour walk on mostly paved, level paths. We’ll meet in the parking area near the river at the south end of Womble Rd. From the south, take I-5 to the Pacific Hwy. exit, veer to the left onto Barnett Ave., turn left into Liberty Station, turn left at Womble Rd. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until you see Vons on your left – Womble Rd. is the next left turn. It's time to cross the bridge and check if the new esplanade is finished. Optional breakfast follows. (619) 222-4396.

Sunday, July 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.

Monday, July 24

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. Shall we try Greek? Mark (619) 964-3097.

Tuesday, July 25

2:00 pm

Historic Pt. Loma. See mansions old and new, including the 1898 Victorian Dixon House, the 1913 Sefton Mansion, and the 1980 Quigley Waterfall House. Meet at the corner of Chatsworth Blvd. and La Cresta Dr. for a mostly flat 1.5 hour casual to moderate walk. Bus #923 stops at Chatsworth and Narragansett. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, July 27

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: OTHER SIDE OF HILLCREST. We will explore the other side of Washington St. (southward) at a moderate pace for one hour. Meet at Fort Stockton and Goldfinch Sts. north of W. Washington St. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Connie (619) 477-8628.

Sunday, July 30

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN BANKER’S HILL. Meet at the southeast corner of Juniper St. and First Ave. We will see if we can cross at least 3 of the bridges of Banker’s Hill. We can definitely make the suspension bridge on Spruce St. for an early morning sway. So put on your walking shoes and join us for a moderate walk to work up an appetite for a breakfast spot we haven’t visited for a while. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.
   

Monday, July 31

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SDSU. Here’s our chance to get educated on what is happening at San Diego State University as we take a mostly flat walk for about 1 hour at a moderate pace exploring the old and the new. Afterward, we’ll have an optional breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Meet in the church parking lot on Montezuma Rd. between College Ave., and Campanile Dr. Margo (619) 287-7722.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

In partnership with Scripps Health Foundation, Walkabout International presents: The Joys of Walking - a free festival celebrating 40 years of the wonders of walking in San Diego and Beyond! The event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm at the Corky McMillin Companies Event Center at Liberty Station.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Susan Taylor, former NBC News anchor, now Director External Affairs at Scripps Health.

Keynote speakers will include a Scripps Health Care integrative cardiologist and authors Maggie Spilner with 20 years as Senior Editor of Prevention Magazine and Robert and Martha Manning, authors of two books on the blissfulness of the joys of walking.

Following the talks, there will be various walks around Liberty Station.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us. More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

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.