How about a challenging hike in the local mountains? I’ll lead a hike up either Cuyamaca Peak (5.6 mi) or Stonewall Peak (4.5 mi) – it depends on how many show up, since the upper Stonewall trail gets too tight for a large crowd. For the hike we’ll meet at 9:30 AM in the Paso Picacho Day Use Area, which is the picnic area adjacent to the Camp Ground off of highway CA 79. Day use fee is $10.
I’ve been making this a regular hike since I became widowed years ago. Its a beautiful spot in the San DIego area, and on a clear day you can see across the county from the peaks. PLEASE NOTE: these hikes are rated moderate to moderately strenuous. You are hiking both up and down hill on natural surfaces including sandy rock, adobe clay and loose cobble. There is wildlife, including bugs. There is sunlight, and a lack of water. Wear sturdy boots/shoes and bring your hiking pools if you have them. These are NOT flat hikes. Pack a snack or picnic lunch, and plenty of water 2-4 liters.
Cuyamaca Rancho is geographically in the middle of San Diego County. It will take most people an hour and a half to drive there.
After the hike, you can relax in the picnic area and…have a picnic. Maybe I’ll lead a second hike after lunch up the other peak.
Another option is to show up whenever, and picnic, and take one of the numerous other trails, and maybe run into some interesting widowed people. That’s totally fine.
And, since you’re out there, maybe go visit Julian or one of the other mountain communities, pie shops or bakeries. You’ll be hungry after the hike, just say’n.