DECEMBER
WEEKLY REPEATING WALKS

These walks repeat every week this month at the same location, day, and time.

Mondays

10:00 am

CROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes. Our guest leader will take the group on a flat walk for about two hours, with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont Street, turn left on Lamont Street, then right on Crown Point Drive 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. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L.
(858) 484-0349.

 

HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL OR AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. Join peripatetic leaders Mark, Rob, Jackie or Sally as we alternate walking around either *America’s Cup Harbor to admire the new coffee shop, restaurants, condos, brewery and more in the ever-changing beautiful marina OR follow the historic **La Playa Trail along the shore past yacht clubs and amazing homes. See the monthly Walks At A Glance calendar in this newsletter to determine which walk we are doing this week. The Casual+ pace walks on flat surfaces are approximately 2.5 miles for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Optional eats afterward. Sally R. (619) 222-3800. Heavy rain cancels.

Note: For America's Cup Harbor walk, meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking. For La Playa Trail walk, meet at the trail marker by the bay at the intersection of Talbot Street and Anchorage Lane. Park on street. Both walks served by #28 Bus.

Tuesdays

6:30 pm

Mission Bay Sunsets. Walk leaves promptly at 6:30. Rain cancels. Enjoy the cooler evening air and beautiful views of Mission Bay! Join us for a flat walk along the shores of Mission Bay. Take I-5 and go west on Clairemont Dr. to meet at the former Visitors Information Center. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Jill F. (858) 292-4231.

Thursdays

10:00 am

MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this 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. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.

 

 

10:00 am

SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK. Join us for a walk from the Bali Hai to the 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.

Sundays

8:15 am

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: moderate-plus. Rick P. (858) 565-7212.

Hike Wednesdays & Saturdays

Time TBA

DATE LEADER
12/1 TBA
12/5 Don P dpiller@cox.net or (760) 670-6862
12/8 Bill B wa4lm@gmail.com or (619) 206-5809
12/12 Bill B wa4lm@gmail.com or (619) 206-5809
or
Mike L mlewis1944@gmail.com or (858) 922-0738
12/15 TBA
12/19 PJ pjeffery1@sbcglobal.net or (858) 566-8928
12/22 TBA
12/26 Myra C sierra.myra@gmail.com or (619) 876-1814
12/29 Bill B wa4lm@gmail.com or (619) 206-5809

 

 

WILDERNESS HIKE. Details e-mailed a day or two before. IMPORTANT HIKE INFO: Car Pool 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 Wilderness Hikes 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.

25 Hardy hikers on a cold November Morning - Mount Laguna

OTHER Featured walks

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

2:00 pm

GOLDEN DAY IN GOLDEN HILLS. In the 1890's and early 1900's, Golden Hill was where the upper crust lived.  We will walk past Victorian mansions and other beautifully restored homes, visit a grocery store with a huge tree inside it, and walk across a musical bridge.  Join us at 25th and A Streets for a 1 1/2 hour, casual-to-moderate, slightly hilly walk.  Bus #2 stops at 25th and Broadway.  Rain cancels.  Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

9:30 am

EXPLORING 4S RANCH. Discover this North County neighborhood on a varied walk along easy trails and tree-lined streets. Some hills. Meet in front of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the 4S Commons shopping center at the corner of Dove Canyon Road and Rancho Bernardo Road for a moderate to moderate-plus 2-hour walk. Lenore E. ledidin@san.rr.com.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

10:30 am

CORONADO - HOLIDAYS AT THE BAY AND OCEAN. Join Robert and friends for a casual, 1-hour walk to view the famous Christmas Trees at the Hotel Del Coronado (one in the lobby and one outside).  We will first view the bay and the remodeled civic buildings of Coronado, then cross over to the ocean side and walk past the high-rise condominiums south of the Hotel Del to the hotel itself. Meet in front of the Bluewater Boathouse Restaurant, 1701 Strand Way. Take Orange Ave south past the Hotel Del and the Boathouse to the first traffic light, turn left, then left again onto Strand Way. There is free parking in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant or on Strand Way. For public transportation, take or transfer to the #901 bus (“Iris Trolley”) from the 12th and Imperial Transit Center and get off just past the Hotel Del before 10:15 am, proceed across Orange Ave. and down the hill to the Bluewater Boathouse Restaurant meeting place. Optional eats afterward. Rain cancels. Robert B. (858) 414-6181.

FRIDAYS,  DECEMBER 14 & 28

4:00 pm                                 Note time change

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 about a mile on Ft. Stockton Drive. Rain cancels. Jim M. (619) 971-1518.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

7:00 pm

CLAIREMONT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Tis the season.  Let's take a flat, casual walk and see this famous area with wonderful decorations.  Some of the homes sell hot chocolate and cookies.  Bring a flashlight. Meet at the intersection of Warhawk Way and Mt. Abernathy Ave, near Madison High School. Beverly D. (858) 274-0687.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

4:06 pm                                    Note time change

SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. Meet at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Point Loma Ave. (not West Point Loma Blvd.) in Ocean Beach. We’ll enjoy spectacular views and fresh cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean. For public transit, take bus route 923 from downtown at Broadway & 5th OR route 35 from Old Town Transit Center and transfer to 923 in O.B. at Cable & Voltaire Street. If you take the bus and it’s late, please call me and we’ll wait for you. Otherwise, we’ll start at the announced time -- right after the bus arrives. Our walk will last about one hour. Pace: Casual. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

SUNRISE SERIES & BREAKFAST SPECIALS

SUNRISE SERIES start at 6:30 am
BREAKFAST SPECIALS start at
7:15 am

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: SHELTER ISLAND. Let's take a casual walk along the playa admiring the beautiful boats, birds, homes, and gardens before our optional breakfast.  Meet at meterless parking lot at Anchorage Ln. and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr.).Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NATIONAL CITY. We’ll take a moderate 1-hour flat walk to check out the National City Marina and then on to Pepper Park. We hope to see a cargo ship unloading cars or lumber and people fishing off the pier. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Take I-5 south to the Mile of Cars Way/Bay Marina Dr exit, turn right (west) and then make a left at signal into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Frances B. (619) 479-3962.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: BALBOA PARK. Balboa Park is always beautiful but in the holiday season it is even prettier with all the holiday decorations.  We will take a casual walk admiring the plants and the decorations.  Meet at the carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl.  Optional breakfast follows nearby.  Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Hopefully, our feathered friends will be on hand for this 1-hour walk on flat paved terrain at your own pace along Mission Bay, so you can test your legs or bring binoculars and slow down to enjoy nature. Take the I-5 to the Tecolote-Sea World Drive exit and proceed west past several lights. After the light at Friars Rd., watch for the next light, where you’ll see the South Shores Boat Ramp sign on your right, but you will turn left onto the old road that parallels Sea World Dr. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Edie A. (619) 222-4396.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: CORONADO. Let’s take a flat, moderate paced walk through beautiful Coronado with stops to admire the shops, homes, gardens, Hotel Del Coronado and of course the beach. Meet at the west side of 10th St. and Orange Ave. with optional breakfast afterward. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: DOWNTOWN. Let's take a CASUAL walk through he downtown area admiring the lobbies and checking out the new construction.  We'll follow with an optional breakfast. Meet at 2nd and G St. corner next to street parking which is free until 10am .  Happy Holidays.  Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

6:30 am

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. Optional breakfast follows. Betty H. (858) 248-3782.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

6:30 AM

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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking along the ocean in Pacific Beach can be delightful.  We'll admire the waves on this flat walk south and back at your own speed.  Meet at west end of Garnet Ave. by Crystal Pier. Optional breakfast follows.  (We'll send holiday thoughts to a walker who enjoys this walk the most).  Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223, 

 

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24

6:30 AM

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.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge and park at the second small parking area on your left. Optional breakfast afterward.  Winnie M. (858) 278-4003.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

7:15 am.

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION VALLEY. The year is ending so let's see it out with an at-your-own-speed walk in our beautiful Mission Valley.  We should get a good view of the river. AND Pat K. will be celebrating her big 9-0..Meet in the north west corner of the Jared's parking lot at the corner of Mission Center Road and Camino de  la Reina.  Optional breakfast follows. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Let’s enjoy the season by the bay on this moderate, 1 hour, flat 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. Winnie M. (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.