A Legacy of Instilling a Passion for Walking

With the recent passing of our founder Larry Forman, many have contacted our office to make a contribution to Walkabout in Larry’s memory. The board has established a fund to receive these gifts. Any contributions made should be earmarked “Forman Forum,” and such gifts will be used to bring a well-known speaker to San Diego to share walking stories with our membership and the public later this year. All donors will be acknowledged in our program unless you wish anonymity. Walkabout International is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, and all gifts are tax deductible.


Elaine Berger, President

Ah, spring is in the air as a pair of doves looks for a place to nest in the bushes on my patio. I hope you all get out and enjoy the birds, flowers and longer days-no excuse for not walking. Thanks to Marilyn, Dan and Walter for a great trip to the Anza-Borrego desert. Unfortunately we were a little early for the “super bloom” but it was still a great trip—and we saw snow in Julian. The passing of Larry Forman means we now have one less board member. I am surprised at how few members of Walkabout are willing to serve on the Board of Directors. The position requires you to come to one meeting a month-approximately 2 hours on the second Friday of the month. Board members also help with any events we plan, help with trips as needed, etc. The best part is you help determine where our organization will go in the future. If you have suggestions, ideas (even wild ones) we want to hear from you. Come to a board meeting and determine how you can help steer the organization in the future. On a similar note, we really do need volunteers to help us with the office. We are required to keep our office open to remain in Liberty Station. The job requires that you are on site from 10am to 2pm either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. You answer the phone, pick up the mail, help anyone who walks into the office, etc. We will work with you to find days that fit your schedules. For example, I am doing the first and third Wednesday of each month and need someone to do the second and fourth Wednesday. We also need help on Mondays. Please contact either me or Marilyn B. to get you trained. We truly appreciate those who volunteer as our organization cannot survive without you.

Stan to lead Boise and Trailing of the Sheep Festival October 7 to 14, 2019

Join us for an 8-day, 7-night Coach tour of Idaho highlights, from the state capitol in Boise to the wonderful Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum. On Monday we fly nonstop to Boise and will start with 3 days with walks along the Boise river and tours of the beautiful State Capitol. We will stay at the Marriott Springhill Suites as we have in times past. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/boidt-springhill-suites-boise-parkcenter/ On Thurs we take a coach trip through the Sawtooth mountains to Ketchum where we will be staying at the Limelight Hotel, https://www.limelighthotels.com/ketchum.   We will spend 4 days and enjoy the Trailing of the Sheep Festival   http://www.trailingofthesheep.org/ and watch hundreds of sheep parade through town. On the last Monday, we will again coach back to Boise with spectacular views and then have a nonstop flight home. Breakfasts in our hotels and one or two evening banquets is included in the cost. Other features will be announced in S D Feets, Web Site and WalkaBlasts as they are known. Other attractions will be announced as they develop.

 Del Parkinson has agreed to entertain us again as he has on ALL of our previous Boise trips  https://music.boisestate.edu/dparkins/

Walter K Serenading the group in 2015

Walter K entertains our 2015 group; they are in the mirror and are really watching him.

Since the trip is still seven months away, the cost of the trip is still evolving; however, until April 5 the cost is $1,219 per person, double occupancy.  The cost for single occupancy is $1,789.  If 3 travelers wish to share a double queen bedroom the cost for each will be $839. The minimum number of travelers may be 20. The maximum number will be determined by hotel room availability and air travel factors. The deposit is $719 and is refundable until April 5, at that time it will be NONREFUNDABLE.  Travelers are always encouraged to take trip insurance to cover unanticipated cancellations. Please send your deposits of $719 to the WI office now and mark for “BOISE 2019”.  If you have paid your deposit of $419 Please send an additional $300 which is refundable until April 5. 

There will not be any mailed information so one person in each traveling group needs to have an email address. I need to know each traveler’s full name as on your identification and birth date.

Walkabout International

Boise 2019

2650 Truxtun Rd, Suite 110

San Diego, CA 92106

Please call Stan Follis at 619.222.3447

Sheep Dog Trial
Trailing of the Sheep 2017


Walter K expounds on birds & bees in Surprise Canyon.

Walter Konopka holds court on Walkabout’s day bus trip to Anza-Borrego desert on Feb.28 to view wildflowers.

Dan H leads history walk in Julian on Borrego trip