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Last updated:
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Recruit Ship
San Diego, CA

"Railroad Friendly**"

Recruit Ship

Sanction Number: 1597

10Km (6.2 miles) and 5Km (3.1 miles)

Sponsor: San Diego County Rockhoppers - AVA 392/CA 23

For additional information call Steve d'Adolf at (858) 451-2130,
or EMail:

Start Location:
Holiday Inn On The Bay
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
(3 blocks from the Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station)

Identify yourself as a walker at the Bellman/Consierge desk on the left side of the lobby and ask for the walking box.

This is an honor-system, self-serve activity. Thank you for your cooperation.

Note: The walk box contains the materials for four (4) walks that start at this location.

Start/Stop Times:
This year-round event can be walked daily.

Although this facility is open 24 hours daily, we request that you walk from DAWN TO DUSK only.

Available via parking meters on Harbor Drive, and at some nearby parking lots.

**Railway Access:
The Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station is only a short 3 blocks away.

Dogs are allowed, on a leash, with clean-up. However, it is probably not a good idea to take a dog along through the busy and crowded areas of the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village.

Trail Description:
The trail starts at the Holiday Inn Hotel and the Star of India Sailing Ship, and goes past the Maritime Museum, and then goes along the San Diego Waterfront past the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Cancer Survivors Park, Spanish Landing and to the Recruit Ship. The walk then returns to the start point.

The walk is rated 1.

This walk qualifies for AVA Special Programs - Museum Walk credit.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and the events are free. For those that wish to receive IVV credit, the fee is $3.00.

You may walk twice in the same day on the same event for the same fee.

These events count for the earning of IVV Achievement Awards.

As with all events, there will be no refunds to those not completing the event.

Start Card:
There is no pre-registration, and everyone must obtain a start card and pay the appropriate fee if credit is desired. All start cards must be returned at the completion of the event.

Upon your return, stamp your books if credit is desired.

Remember, only one EVENT CREDIT for the first half year, and one event credit for the second half year may be entered in the event book for each event. You may participate for DISTANCE CREDIT without limit.

IVV credit is $3.00, others free.

Have a pen or pencil to use at the self-checkpoint.

There are numerous restaurants along the route, in all price ranges.

Strollers and wheelchairs will be difficult on the steep block at the convention center, and on the incline from the waterfront to Balboa Park.

Water and rest rooms are available along the route.

Participants do so at their own risk. Every reasonable effort will be made by the sponsors to make the events safe and enjoyable for all. However, the sponsors, organizers, and the American Volkssport Association cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen articles, accident, or injury of any kind at any time.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the administrative staff of the Holiday Inn On The Bay for their cooperation in making this year-round walk possible.

The hotel is centrally located, and an excellent choice for people who want to stay near, and visit the San Diego Downtown/Waterfront area.

USS Recruit - A Sailors First Ship

It was the first of its kind -- not quite 'building, not quite a ship. USS Recruit, the Navy's first non-ship, was originally a commissioned vessel and observed traditional Naval shipboard procedures like all other vessels. Any sailor who ever served duty on board this haze gray ship awash in concrete, fondly remembers his first 'request permission to come aboard.

Affectionately known as USS Neversail, the Recruit was a two-thirds scale mock-up and served as a Sea Daddy to new recruits. When completed in 1949, it was 225 long, had a 24-foot, four inch beam and a 41-foot mast.

Cancer Survivor's Park

Cancer Survivors Park was conceived by Richard and Annette Bloch as a way to disassociate cancer from death and was inspired by Richard's successful treatment and recovery from what was thought to be terminal cancer. The park not only encourages current patients to have the will to fight but subconsciously gives healthy people the will to fight should they ever subsequently be diagnosed with the disease. A tribute for the living, the park is a daily reminder that cancer doesn't mean death.

The donors, Richard and Annette Bloch, believe that the second greatest correctable cause of cancer mortality (smoking being #1) is relating death and cancer. Many have been brought up to believe that a diagnosis of cancer is a sentence to death. Some believe that treatments are worse. Thus diagnosed, many tend to give up and do not try to fight the disease.

This sparked the idea for the Cancer Survivors Parks. The parks would not only encourage current patients to have the will to fight but would subconsciously give healthy people, who otherwise do not expect to get cancer, the will to fight should they become subsequently diagnosed with the disease. While other parks may memorialize those who have died, the Cancer Survivors Parks are tributes to the living. These parks are a constant presence and daily reminder of one message: “Don’t equate death and cancer.” Patients and families of patients can stroll through the park and gain strength from its various components.

"Cancer...There's Hope" --The park has two fundamental elements. The first of these is a major sculpture created by the renowned artist Victor Salmones. This sculpture is located in "Road to Recovery Plaza," the central focal point of the park. It consists of eight life-size figures passing through a maze depicting cancer treatments and success. People can walk among the figures, touch them, walk through the maze and generally visualize themselves being helped.

The second fundamental element in the park is a “Positive Mental Attitude Walk.” This is covered walk way that people can stroll through while meditating and reading fourteen informational bronze plaques that provide inspiration and specific suggestions for fighting cancer.

Spanish Landing

No one knows exactly where the first sea explorers met up with the inland party of Spanish explorers in their quest to conquer California, but this spot is where the city fathers decided to commemorate the historical event. On this site, now a family park with picnic areas, playgrounds, a boat launch and swimming beach; a bronze plaque honors the 1769 arrival of those who would determine the course of history in the San Diego area.


From I-5 Heading South: Exit at Front Street / Civic Center. Continue a few blocks to Ash Street. Turn right (west). Proceed about 8 blocks to Harbor Drive. Turn left. The Holiday Inn On The Bay is on the left.

Railway Access: The Coaster and San Diego Trolley stop at the Amtrak Santa Fe Station are just three blocks away.

Old Town San Diego Area Map
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