MONTHLY WALK ROUND-UP
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
WEDNESDAY WORKOUT. Join us in front of Bookstar in Costa Verde Shopping Center at 8650 Genesee Ave. for a friendly walk’n’talk for about 1½ hours through neighborhoods, parks, and canyon trails (hills and/or flat) all around UTC, University City, and UCSD areas. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate-plus. Please call or text Nicki L. at 619 665-6981 to confirm, if it’s your 1st time.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
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. John & Marilyn, (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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3 (FIRST FRIDAY)
6:12 pm (note time change) This walk will now be on the FIRST and THIRD Fridays
SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. We’ll finish our one hour walk as the sun sets. No walking in the dark. 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 YOU 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 later for the best sunset view in San Diego. Stan F. (619) 222 3447.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
SUNRISE SERIES: MIRAMAR LAKE. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature! This is a 5.5 mile paved loop for all levels. You can choose your own pace and distance. This is your journey so you make your time meaningful, be in silence or conversation, relating or meditation, or a combination. Direction from Interstate 15: exist Mira Mesa Blvd and turn right. Turn right onto Scripps Ranch Blvd. Turn left at Scripps Lake Drive. Turn left into entrance. Stay on right toward parking lot. Meet under the American flag. We will start at 6:35am. Leader Rose C. 858-735-5051 will walk the entirety.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
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, APRIL 6
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. (691) 692-3020, cell (619) 204-0095.
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, APRIL 7
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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
CHOLLAS LAKE. We will walk around the lake and into the surrounding areas for 1 hour. Meet in the Gloria’s Mesa Parking Lot by the playground area on College Grove Drive. It’s the first driveway west of the main parking lot at 6350 College Grove Drive. Optional breakfast follows. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9
SUNRISE SERIES: EASTERN BALBOA PARK. Meet Edie 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? Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Is it time to put a little spring in your step? Come with us as we walk by many meticulously manicured yards and check out what’s beginning to bloom in this lovely area of San Diego. Meet at 1920 Fort Stockton Drive for a 2.5 mile, one hour, casual to moderate walk and make it a good Friday. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
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. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY APRIL 13
SUNRISE SERIES: SAN DIEGO RIVER. Let’s take a flat moderate walk along the San Diego River as we go west as far as we please and then return at your own pace. We can listen for the birds, admire the river and check out if any new stores have been built. Meet at the IHOP restaurant next to Mark Twain in the shopping center at Fenton Pkwy. south of Friar’s Rd. Trolley stop is nearby. John & Marilyn, (619) 840-5544.
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. Repeat every other week.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
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, APRIL 16
SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new. Meet at the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. for this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Francis. (619) 479-3962.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17 (THIRD FRIDAY)
6:22 pm (note time change)
SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. We’ll finish our one hour walk as the sun sets. No walking in the dark. 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 YOU 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 later for the best sunset view in San Diego. Stan F. (619) 222- 3447.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
CARLSBAD TRAILS AND FLOWER FIELDS. Let’s celebrate spring on this approximately 6.5-mile, moderate pace hike starting at The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course. The golf course trail leads to a creek where we can experience the diverse local riparian habitat, then cross a rustic golf cart bridge. A tunnel under the street will lead us to Veteran’s Memorial Park where we’ll hike up to high vistas with breathtaking views of Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. The second half of our outing will bring us to the famous Flower Fields of Carlsbad at the peak season for viewing the colorful ranunculus fields. The final leg of our journey will give us a peek into the back of LEGOLAND theme park. Meet in front of The Crossings at Carlsbad, 5800 Crossings Dr., Carlsbad. Take Highway 5 North and exit at Palomar Airport Road. Go east (turn right) on Palomar Airport Road. In about a half mile turn left on The Crossings Dr. Look for The Crossings on your right near the end of the road. Lenore E (619) 890-0714 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: OCEAN BEACH. Let’s see what the fishermen are catching on the Ocean Beach pier, and if the surfers are having any luck in catching waves below. We’ll walk the pier and the neighborhood to check what is going on and then have a Sunday breakfast at a near by restaurant. So join us for fresh ocean breezes and lots of laughs to start your day. Meet across the street from the old Strand Theatre on Newport Blvd. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
8:15 am W MERRY GO-ROUND. See Sunday, April 5 for details.
MONDAY, APRIL 20
SUNRISE SERIES: NATIONAL CITY MARINA DISTRICT AND HISTORIC SITES. Take a moderate one-hour flat walk with us to check out part of the busy National City Marina District which includes the National City Marina and Aquatic Center, views of Paradise Creek (urban salt marsh creek), and Pepper Park, where we might see a cargo ship unloading. In addition, we will visit the two of National City’s four Registered National Historic Sites; The Santa Fe Rail Depot (California Southern Terminus Depot) and National City Railcar Plaza. These sites are a reminder that National City as the 2nd oldest City in San Diego County was an important transportation hub. From I-5 exit Mile of Cars Way/Bay Marina Drive Exit, turn west and make a left turn at signal into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterwards. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL. See Monday, April 6 for details.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
LAURA RODRIGUEZ WALK. Come find out why this grandmother lay down in front of a revving bulldozer, and then chained herself to the door of the Logan Heights Neighborhood House. We will see many tributes to Laura Rodriguez, including the Point of Light Award. Meet at the corner of Cesar Chavez Parkway and Julian Avenue, by the pink church, for a flat, 11/2 hour, casual to-moderate walk. The orange trolley stops at 25th. and Commercial, and bus #3 stops at Ocean View Blvd. and Commercial, and bus #12 stops at Logan Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway. Rain Cancels. Evelyn K. 619- 461-6095.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new and old, what is being remodeled and renovated and the beautiful yards and gardens in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods. I’m sure the yards and gardens will be beautiful as they prepare for the 2020 Mission Hills Garden Walk taking place on Saturday May 9, 2020. This is a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain, and a reminder that in some places the sidewalks are showing their age. For the faster walkers, there will be an option for you and hills if you dare. Meet Connie at corner of Goldfinch and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Connie V (619) 477-8628.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us as we continue to celebrate Earth Day and see what a picturesque part of earth lies in Mission Hills. The neighborhood has preserved the historic character and charm so well. Our Lenore’s February walk on Del Sur Trails. meeting place is 1920 Fort Stockton Drive. This casual to moderate walk is about 2.5 miles and takes around a hour. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
SUNRISE SERIES: OCEAN BEACH. We will take a moderate 3-mile walk visiting the pier to see the surfers and fishermen and then continuing in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood. To reach our meeting place, take I-8 to the west end, turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., then turn right onto Newport Blvd. for a block and a half. Meet across the street from the old Strand Theater. Bring money for an optional breakfast. John & Marilyn, (619) 840-5544.
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. See Monday, April 13 for details.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new. Meet at the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. for this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn, (619) 840-5544.