In Memory Verna George Bain

Verna George Bain, past president and longtime walk and trip leader, passed away on April 22. Verna was born and raised in Wells River, Vermont, a town so small that, in her words, “I knew all my classmates as well as everyone in the village.” Perhaps that’s why she was so sociable. She grew up during the Depression, which fostered her resourcefulness and early love of walking. Verna walked across the campus at Middlebury College, graduating in 1940, and walked down the aisle soon after, marrying George Watt Bain in 1942. He was a medic in the U.S. Army, and after the war they moved to San Diego, CA with their two sons, Michael & Gregory, where Verna began a 29-year career in education as a teacher and administrator.


Though not a socialite, Verna was very sociable. In 1968 she joined Northminster Presbyterian Church, where she served on various committees, was a member of the Women’s Association, and served as an elder for six years. She volunteered at the Natural History Museum as a guide for C4U, guiding the blind on museum tours and Saturday field trips. Verna also volunteered for several years at the Blind Recreation Center, where she served as a guide for the Night Walkers. When her husband died in 1982, Verna discovered Walkabout International, which, in her words, “became a second family to me.”


Verna joined Walkabout in 1983 and immediately embraced the Monday and Thursday Early Bird walks which she could complete before going to work. She soon became a walk leader, a Board member in 1984, then a trip leader. She served as President twice, 1989-1991 and 1993-1995. As trip leader, her favorite trips included the San Antonio River Walk and the trip to England and Scotland in 2001. Twenty-six people had booked the trip, but after the attack on the Twin Towers, only 8 people were still willing to go. She was always proud of that brave little group.


Verna is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Strickland, her sons, Michael and Gregory (Carol), four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Her persistence and optimism inspired many over the years.  She celebrated her 99th birthday on April 17th and died peacefully in her sleep at home on April 22, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church on June 9th at 10:00 am. Informal reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Verna requested donations to Walkabout International and Northminster Presbyterian Church.


By Carol Carr

Have you heard of the San Dieguito River Park? Have you been there? It’s a regional open space park with a trail system that stretches from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Volcan Mountain near Julian, following the 55-mile San Dieguito River corridor. For the past 30 years, the park has been building a single 70-mile long walking trail. More than 65 miles of trails of every level are open for day use.

I recently became your Walkabouts representative at the Park’s monthly Citizens Committee meetings where we work to build and maintain all those trails. I encourage you to get out there for a little nature! If our Walkabout Wilderness Hikes seem daunting, I’ll be glad to help you select an easy walk within the park. Contact me at caroldcarr@att.net.

The most popular trail is next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. There are 2 trailheads, so you can take an easy, flat walk of 3 or 6 miles while you enjoy the San Dieguito Lagoon and River, a great variety of birds, native plants full of spring flowers, cool breezes, and beautiful scenery. Find all the details you need for exploring the Park’s trails in the Trails section at www.sdrp.org.

What Kind of a Walker Are You?

No matter what type of walking interests  you Walkabout-International has it covered. Enjoy a few views of our many varied walks around the County, Country and the world.

Alpine Fresh Air

41st Walkabout Anniversary Walk

A Santa Luz Cruise


If you are interested in any of our volunteer opportunities, please call the office (619) 231-7463.


We are recruiting walk leaders for the suggested walks below. If interested, please call the office (619) 231-7463. Receive help with write-up, etc. And, contact us with YOUR ideas for walks!!

  • Balboa Park with ranger tour
  • Free Tuesdays at museums in Balboa Park


We need office volunteers and new board members.

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