MONTHLY WALK ROUND-UP
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual to moderate walk along this beautiful, mostly flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. Then back to optional breakfast. Meet at meterless spaces in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln. and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr). Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MERRY GO-ROUND. Join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. We start at the carousel in Balboa Park. Our walk encompasses the harbor, downtown and Bankers Hill. Depending on size of the group and mood, we may include some bridges. Allow three 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 in the lot near the carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Place. Pace: moderateplus. Rick P. (858) 565-7212.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
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. We’ll see walkers, bicyclers and lots of cute dogs out for their morning stroll. Optional breakfast follows. Marlene G. cell (619) 204-0095.
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. Join leader Rob as we walk around America’s Cup Harbor on sidewalks to admire what’s new in the marina from bayside restaurants to a new brewery, gelato/coffee shop, deluxe condos and new docks, with lots of construction and MORE. The casual+ pace walks on flat paved surfaces and are approximately 2.5 miles each for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Fun, friendly group. Optional eats afterward. Meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking; Served by #28 Bus and walk 3 blocks. Heavy rain cancels. Sally R. (619) 222-3800. Repeats every other week.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
FREE TUESDAY—EXPLORE THE FLEET CENTER. Join us in Balboa Park on Free Tuesday for San Diego City and County residents. Make sure to bring your ID. We will meet at the Merry Go-Round at 9 am, then walk for an hour in the park to arrive at the RH Fleet Museum around 10 am and take in the free exhibits and possibly, for those that want to pay, an $10 IMAX movie or head on down to the Model Train Museum that is also free that day, if time permits. For public transit, take #7 bus. Optional lunch after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
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. Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is ‘on’ for the week. We cancel due to holidays or commitments during this busy season.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. Marilyn and John (619) 840 5544.
SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK. Join Rob, Elaine, Janet or Kathy B. for a beautiful walk from the Bali Hai to the Japanese Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60+ minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends 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. Pace: casual+. Sally R. (619) 222-3800.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful year round, with many paths to explore at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10
SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH BAY. Meet Frances in the parking lot on the corner of National City Blvd. and 2nd St. as we visit Heritage Square, where the “Railroad Homes” and Kimball House are located, and the National City Library, which has a custom designed\ William Hubbell stained glass window. We’ll cut through Kimball Park, visiting the ARTS center on this casual to moderate 1 hour walk on flat terrain. From the north, take the I-5 south to Main St., make a left turn onto National City Blvd., go under the I-5 freeway and bear right at the arrow. Parking lot is about two blocks on your right. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL. Join leader Rob as we follow a leg of the historic La Playa Trail along shoreline past yacht clubs, amazing homes and award winning gardens. Meet at the trail marker by the bay at the intersection of Talbot Street and Anchorage Lane, 2800 Talbot Street, an area which was the site of a Chinese junk shipbuilding village until the Chinese Exclusion Act. We will follow the ancient Kumeyaay path that became the oldest commercial trail in the Western United States, used by fur traders, whalers and fishermen to transport cargo from Ballast Point to Old Town and beyond. The casual+ pace is on a flat dirt trail for approx. 2.4 miles RT and 75 minutes. Street parking; observe signage. Optional eats after; heavy rain cancels; served by bus #28. Sally R. (619) 222- 3800. Repeats every other week.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
CLARA BREED WALK. This month the San Diego woman we are honoring is Clara Breed, the head of the San Diego Public Library from 1945 to 1970. Come and learn why she has more recently been recognized for her humanitarian work during World War II. We will meet at the corner of Sunset and Witherby, and walk past her home in Mission Hills on a mostly flat, 1.5 hour, casual-to-moderate walk. Bus #83 stops at Sunset & Witherby (E-bound), & Sunset & Couts (W-bound). Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
LAKE MURRAY. Come join us for a peaceful casual paced 1 hour walk on a mostly flat path by the water. There is a variety of wildlife to be seen as well. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet at the covered picnic table by the water just off the main parking lot. Optional breakfast after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
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. Edie A. edier@ cox.net. (619) 313-7818.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Valentine’s Day is typically the one day each year when people are guilt-tripped into showing their love for each other. This year forget the expensive roses, fancy dinners, and calorie-filled chocolates and do something truly good for your heart and go for a walk! Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Drive for a moderate, 2.5-mile, one-hour walk. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
DEL SUR TRAILS. Let’s celebrate or commiserate about our Valentine’s Day experiences on a walk together. We’ll get to know the master-planned North County community of Del Sur on a varied, moderate 2+ hour walk along trails, groomed paths and neighborhood streets. There are plenty of hills on this hike. Meet in front of the Sprouts store at the Del Sur Town Center at 16415 Paseo Del Sur. From Highway 15, take the Camino Del Norte exit and go west. Turn left on Paseo Del Sur (3rd light after Dove Canyon Rd). Lenore E. (619) 890-0714 (email@example.com).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION BEACH. Let’s walk, at your own pace, along the boardwalk to enjoy the ocean waves reflecting the rising sun. We could go north or south as we admire the mixture of old beach cottages and new multi-story homes. Meet in the parking lot in front of the roller coaster. If this parking lot is closed, meet in the large parking lot to the south. Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (PRESIDENT’S DAY)
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION VALLEY – SAN DIEGO RIVERWALK. Join us for a one hour casual to moderate walk on flat terrain along the San Diego River in Mission Valley. We’ll meet at the parking lot at the west end of Mission Valley Center (southeast corner of Camino de la Reina and Mission Center Rd). From Highway 8 exit Mission Center Road, heading north to Camino de la Reina. We’ll have the option of walking towards Fashion Valley to the west or to the east, making a loop to return to our starting point. There is an option for faster walkers on this walk. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. See Monday, February 3 for details.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK, FATHER JUNIPERO TRAIL. This is a 3 1/2 mile round trip easy walk on mostly level paved road but some dirt trail. It’s a good idea to wear shoes with a good tread. Meet in front of the Visitors Center. We will walk to the old Mission Dam and back. Directions from Interstate 8 exit to Interstate 15, take Mission Gorge road exit then turn left on One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego 92119. Rain cancels. Optional breakfast after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. Enjoy the beautiful yards and views from one of San Diego’s Mission Hills neighborhood, home to the Mission Historic District and Fort Stockton Line Historic District. This is a moderate 1-hour walk on mostly flat terrain, with options for some challenging hills with views towards the San Diego Airport and also Mission Valley. Remember, what goes down, must come back up! Discover what is new and old, what is being remodeled and renovated and just enjoy being in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods. Meet Connie at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (THIRD FRIDAY)
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SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. We’ll finish our one hour walk near sunset. We will enjoy this picturesque wonderland and spectacular views with occasional surprises such as weddings, marriage proposals and impromptu celebrations. Meet at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Point Loma Ave. (not West Point Loma Blvd.) in Ocean Beach. This walk will be AT YOUR OWN PACE. You may walk at whatever pace you prefer. We will walk south for 30 minutes and then come back on the same route and meet everyone one hour after we started in time to catch the bus or get a snack and socialize. For public transit, take bus route 923 from downtown at Broadway & 5th Ave. OR route 35 from Old Town Transit Center and transfer to route 923 in O.B. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking along the ocean in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll admire the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the end of Garnet where the pier begins. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean and the surfers. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
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. Winnie M. (858) 278-4003.
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL. See Monday, February 10 for details.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
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 M. (858) 278-4003.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. No doubt you’ve heard of George Marston who was one of San Diego’s early civic leaders. You probably also know how our city went all out to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. What did all this have to do with the magnificent architecture found in Mission Hills? Come walk with us and find out how this area first developed in the early 1900’s. Park at 1920 Ft. Stockton Drive for a one hour, 2.5-mile, moderate walk and add more stickers to your passport. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645,