MARCH 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

walking mission beach san diegoMISSION 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.


4:00 pm

Walkabout Meeting Place at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr.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 the parking lot near the 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.

February Hike along Beach
Snow in the Mountains forces a Beach Hike
Date Contact Information
Mar 1 Bob R (760) 728-8232 or
Mar 4 Don: or (760) 796-4007
Mar 8 Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6:00 pm or
Mar 11 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
Mar 15 Mike L. (858) 455-0738
Mar 18 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
Mar 22 Don: or (760) 796-4007
Mar 25 Candy: (619) 435-2894 or
Mar 29 Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or



Thursday, March 2

6:30 am

College Grove Way & DeerfieldSUNRISE SERIES: COLLEGE GROVE. Let’s take a walk through the military housing where the news of Pearl Harbor was first transmitted to the United States on this 1 hour moderate, fairly-flat walk, and then we’ll amble around Chollas Lake. Optional breakfast follows. Meet at College Grove Way and Dearflower Rd. (second intersection north of College Grove Dr.) Margo (619) 287-7722.

Friday, March 3

10:00 am

Balboa Park West Side. Meet at the corner of Upas St. & 6th Ave. for a casual walk mostly on sidewalks with time to explore the sights. We will visit the Marston House grounds, Cypress Point, Redwood Circle, Trees for Health Garden, the lawn bowling club, and other landmarks. Optional lunch afterward at one of the deli/sandwich shops along 5th Ave. Rain Cancels. Roger at or (619) 299-0489.

Saturday, March 4

9:20 am

Ruocco Park 7 Great Walks of Mission Bay. This 5th walk of the series is a 3.5 mile moderate walk from Fiesta Island Rd. to South Shore’s Park, then west past Sea World to Ingraham St. at Dana Landing Rd. Meet at the Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) at the bus 105 stop on the far side of the station away from the spacious and free parking area (walk through the tunnel at the south end of the station). Bus 105 departs at 9:43 to reach the start of this walk. At the end of the walk at Dana Landing Rd., we’ll have an optional lunch and then take bus 9 back to OTTC. Bring $ for optional lunch and bus rides. Heavy rain cancels. Email Dan D. at and he will reply with details or phone (858) 722-3002.

Sunday, March 5

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL DOWNTOWN. Let’s take a casual walk along the harbor and back through the town to see what’s new. Meet at the Ruocco Park, corner of Pacific Hwy. and Harbor Dr. Optional breakfast afterward at a new place. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

9:15 am

FANCY FOOTWORK IN RANCHO SANTA FE REDUX. Ready to complete the rained out January version of this walk? If so, then prepare to explore some little traversed trails in the remarkable ‘lake district’ of Rancho Santa Fe on a 3-hour, moderate-plus parade over mixed up and down terrain. Look for Larry in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Library at 17040 Avenida De Acacias near the corner of La Granada (route S-9). BYO water; rainwater cancels. (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends)

Monday, March 6

6:30 am

Walking Along Lake MurraySUNRISE 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, March 7

10:00 am

check out Downtown. Meet Dan at the historic Balboa Theater at 4th and E St. (use public transit or pay big time to park at Horton Plaza) for a 90-minute casual walk to check out new restaurants, shops, and whatever suits our fancy and then enjoy an optional lunch, which may or may not be at our starting point. Rain cancels. Dan-of-Downtown (619) 318-4870.

Thursday, March 9

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

Saturday, March 11

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 12

7:15 am

Balboa Park Merry Go Round 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, March 13

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: ADAMS AVE. Interesting homes and views along the edge of Mission Valley will greet us on this flat, moderate walk. Optional breakfast follows. Meet at 30th St. and Adams Ave. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

Tuesday, March 14

10:00 am

California Bungalows in Univ. Hts. Back by popular demand! Today we'll visit some of the standard bungalow courts with a little history thrown in but also some others that you may not have seen before. Let's meet under the University Heights sign, which spans Park Blvd. at Madison Ave. for a casual walk. Optional lunch afterward. Rain cancels. Bungalow Dan (619) 318-4870.

Thursday, March 16

6:30 am

Sunset CliffsSUNRISE SERIES: Sunset Cliffs. We’ll take a 1 hour, flat walk at your own pace. Take I-8 West toward the beach. Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd, then slight right to stay on Sunset Cliffs Blvd for 1.7 miles to Point Loma Avenue, turn left and park on the street. Meeting place is Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Friday, March 17

10:00 am

WALKABOUT'S FIRST WALK ALA 1977! Recreate the walk that launched thousands upon thousands of ships, err, walks since St. Patrick's Day of 1977, 40 years ago! 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 2-hour, moderate parade over mixed up and down terrain. Look for Larry at the ‘poetic’ corner of Scott and Emerson (near Point Loma Seafoods). Directions: Go south on Rosecrans three streets past North Harbor Dr. with a left on Emerson and one block to Scott. Rain cancels. or (858) 755-1751 (evenings/weekends).

Saturday, March 18

9:30 am

7 Great Walks of Mission Bay. This 6th walk of the series is a 3 mile moderate walk from Ingraham St. at Dana Landing Rd. over the first Ingraham Street Bridge, around the east side of Vacation Island, over the second Ingraham Street Bridge to Olney Street at the Bus 30 stop to return to OTTC. Meet at the Old Town Trolly Centerr (OTTC) at the bus 9 stop at platform K on the side of the station where abundant, free, parking is located. Bus 9 departs at 9:43 to reach the start of the walk. At the end of the walk at Olney St. in Pacific Beach, we’ll have an optional lunch and then take bus 30 back to OTTC. Bring $ for optional lunch and bus rides. Heavy rain cancels. Email Dan D. at and he will reply with details or phone (858) 722-3002.

Sunday, March 19

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, March 20

6:30 am

Island Prime RestraurantSUNRISE 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. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Tuesday, March 21

10:00 am

JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN. Celebrate spring and the cherry blossoms by joining us at this 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, miniature gardens, koi pond, rippling streams, and stop to enjoy the peaceful aura. Optional stroll around nearby area and/or lunch afterward. Elaine (858) 560-9003, Jackie (619) 795-3561.

Thursday, March 23

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE RIVER 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 St. 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 St. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until Vons on your left – Womble St. is the next left turn. Optional breakfast follows. (619) 222-4396.

Sunday, March 26

7:15 am

walking pacific beach san diegoBREAKFAST 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, March 27

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. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Tuesday, March 28

2:00 pm

El Cerrito Saunter. Come see a castle with a moat and drawbridge, and tour a beautifully restored colonial-style mansion. This quiet neighborhood in the college area is full of well-kept homes in many architectural styles. Meet Evelyn K. by Blessed Sacrament Church at the corner of El Cajon Blvd. and El Cerrito Dr. for a 1-1/2 hour casual-to-moderate mostly flat walk. The #1 bus stops at El Cajon Blvd. and 56th St. Heavy rain cancels. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, March 30

6:30 am

Original Pancake HouseSUNRISE 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.