The Fog Dodgers invite all residents and visitors of the Mendocino Coast to join us on our weekly group runs and walks. We have runners and walkers of all abilities (and even some bikers) and we have only one "rule" - we start at exactly 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. Exercise at your own pace (1/2 hour out, 1/2 hour back) and experience the fresh Mendocino coastal air.

Fog Dodgers provides a fun, safe way to explore some of our local trails and back roads and to meet new friends. You can find out where we're going to be by reading the bottom of last week's post, then clicking on the "Our Routes" tab above. We average 15-20 persons each Sunday and typically half will go to breakfast together afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

POMO BLUFFS PARK - NOYO BAY

We were last at this venue on March 20th.  Oh, how different it was today.  Last time, a heavy rain and very strong headwinds, today, sunny, calm and 53 degrees.  It was a beautiful morning!  There was a thin and very low, ocean-hugging fog that gave the feel and smell of being near the ocean.


Sunrise on Noyo Bay, John was there earlier than most, thanks  John.
Present today:  Keith, Nancy T., Roger, Cheryl N., Neil, John, Charlene, Ron, Jeff, Susan, Toni, Joe, Mary, Shari, Peter, Orah, Steve, Greg, Nancy and Tom (20).

This guy (?) was there the entire time.  The day was just that nice!
I was on light duty today.  Sure wish that I could have run.  It was nice though, to be loafing and sightseeing.  I read the interpretive signs and enjoyed the park's trails.  It is such a pretty place now, whereas in the past, it was a place the kids went mudding in their 4 X 4's.

John left early and went to Boonville and ran the Boontling Classic 5K.  He did very well and it was very hot!  Congratulations John!

I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll have to go out there on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!



SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

NEXT SUNDAY,  MAY 8TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


It's a nice day here on the coast.  Thank you to John L., for today's photos.  The blog would look pretty bad without all of the pictures that John shares with us.  He's got an eye that is always looking for something interesting  and I think that some of us don't share that trait.


Great blue heron, J. Loomis photo
A nice day on the coast made even nicer because we had three new people show up today.  Welcome Fred, Keith and Greg.  We hope that you found the walk or run agreeable and that you'll come back again.

Caspar
I forgot to check the temperature this morning, too excited I guess, at the prospect of new Fog Dodgers!  I think it was about 50 and sunny.  Not too windy in the forest but lots of white caps on the ocean.

John L. photo
Also present today:  Chuck, Jeff, Gay, Mark, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Mary, Bob, Cyd (running today after running the Mendo 50 yesterday!), Cheryl, John, Nancy and Tom (20).  I think I've missed somebody, I'm sorry.



Next week's run/walk is a nice one, I think.  I like the view as we cross the Noyo Bridge, even though I always feel as though I'm going to throw myself over the railing!  I don't understand that phobia thing.



Caspar, J. Loomis photo
13 of us went to David's for breakfast, where we met Jamie and Sheila.  


I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll have to go out there on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!


SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH


NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 1ST @ 8:00 A.M.: POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Noyo Headlands Park - North

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Pudding Creek Trestle, Thanks to John L. for all of today's photos
It was a great morning!  Everyone thought so.  At our 8:00 a.m. start, it was 49 degrees but without any breeze and clear sunny skies, it felt like 70!  Almost too hot for running but perfect for walking and just being out!
California Valley Quail
There were beautifully shaped waves for the surfers, lots of wildflowers and Ron was happy to see "his" cormorant colony!  He's been keeping track of this colony for many years.  I'd bet he's got names for each one of them!
Ferret, out for walk also
I tried to talk/recruit  a couple of runners into joining us but I must have come off as some weirdo, they both ignored me.  Actually, they had ear buds in and those things kind of make you oblivious to the world.
How many more years?
Present this morning:  Neil, Cindy, Jim, Martha, Bill, Fran, Charlene, Ron, Jan, John, Mary, Toni, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl, Nancy and Tom (22).

I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll want to walk on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:  (I do this to make it easier for guest bloggers and to avoid repeating the same venue too often.  If you're wondering why we don't go to a certain venue very often, it's probably because of mosquitoes, "No Dog" rules, loose rocks, mud puddles or something we all hate.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH @ 8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

WARD AVENUE

All of today's photos from J. Loomis, thanks John!
As the photo above shows, it was a grey morning.  In picking the location for today, I saw that there was a -0.9 low tide right at 8:00, just right for a run or walk on the beach!  Upon arrival, the weather seemed to go right along with it being just right, 52 degrees, overcast and calm.  For a few of us though, it didn't work out as well as hoped.  It seems the winter weather has altered the beach, removing sand and creating quite a slope of loose, black sand.  I hope it was better for the walkers.

Lake Cleone
Present this morning:  Neil,  Martha, Bill, Mary, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Deb, Sam, Ron,
Nancy T., Roger, Susan, Bruce, Joel, Jan, Cindy, Jim, Shari, Peter, John, Chandra (started from home but stopped by to say hi), Zelda, Nancy and Tom (26).


While talking this morning, I realized that I had not taken the Big River mosquitoes into account on future walks.  They're not a problem if you're running, as we do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if you are walking, they'll eat you alive!  I think therefore, that we will skip Big River on Sundays for awhile.  Also, there is some construction coming up on Big River, so I think it will be closed anyway.



SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, see "Our Routes" above.  The parking lot near Glass Beach.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

VAN DAMME STATE PARK

It was a beautiful Spring morning at Van Damme.  When we started out, it was 48 degrees, clear and calm.


J. Loomis photo
Present this morning, Charlene, Ron, Jan, Joe,  Mary, Fran, Nancy B., Rick, Jeff, Bob, Roger, John, Nancy and Tom (14).

J. Loomis photo

The Fern Canyon Trail is passable but just barely.  To do the three miles in it's entirety,  is very pretty but does involve going over or under a half dozen fallen trees.  When I chose this for the run/walk, I thought that the trail would be cleared by now.  I heard this morning though, that it could be mid-August before chainsaws could be run, due to nesting endangered birds.

J. Loomis photo
As for other trail news, I hear that the rock slide on Big River Road has been cleared, so we can resume running and walking there.  I think though, that come August, it will again closed for repair work.

J. Loomis photo
With the fallen trees at Van Damme, and the poison oak at Russian Gulch, we have again decided, to do the Tuesday and Thursday morning group runs at Big River.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH, WARD AVENUE (a good low tide at 8:00 a.m., -0.9)
SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH
SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY


NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS, 7:00 A.M.,  BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

J. Loomis photo


It was beautiful Spring morning!  At our 8:00 start, it was 52 degrees, clear and calm, the kind of a morning that makes you want to look for brightly colored eggs along the roadway and surprises hanging from the branches.   And so, at exactly 8, off all 18...  of us went, with plastic bags in our hands, in search of eggs and treats.  Congratulations to Nancy B., for finding the Golden Egg!

Caspar barn, J. Loomis photo
Cheryl, Neil really was with us last week, even though I failed to mention it.  Neil was with us again this morning, along with:  Fran, Nancy B., Rick, Jan, Joe, Bob, Joel, Shari, Peter, Bruce, Charlene, Ron, John, Orah, Steve, Nancy and Tom (18).

Caspar Duck Pond, J. Loomis photo
Nine of us enjoyed breakfast at David's, where Kira greeted us with bunny ears on and handing out candy!
   
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD, VAN DAMME STATE PARK   
SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD @ 8:00 A.M.:  VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach parking lot.


EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS, 7:00 A.M.,  beginning at the Duck Pond, Fern Cr. Road and Hwy. One, Caspar.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

POMO BLUFFS PARK - NOYO BAY

Noyo Bay, J. Loomis photo

Like last week, it was raining again as we met.  I'm told though, that it rained more last week.   Today, there was a 10 or 15 minute period where it came down pretty hard and the wind really kicked up.  Unfortunately, those 10 or 15 minutes came when we were furthest away and had turned back, walking into the wind.  Of those "intrepids" from last week, only three were daring enough to have another go at it.

USCG Noyo Bay, J. Loomis photo

Present this morning:  Toni, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Mary, Jeff (at least his second appearance), John, Nancy and Tom (9).  Seven of us enjoyed breakfast at David's and were joined by Sheila and Jamie.

Spring is here and J. Loomis shows an example
and another example, thank you John for the photos

SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS   
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD, VAN DAMME STATE PARK   
SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH, WARD AVENUE

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 27,  8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS, 7:00 A.M.,  beginning at the Duck Pond, Fern Cr. Road and Hwy. One, Caspar.