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, March 19, 2017

WARD AVENUE

This is the Fort Bragg Whale Festival Weekend.  There was a little rain and drizzle yesterday, today is just cloudy.  I hope the weather didn't hamper any of the festivities.  It's been perfect, both yesterday and today, for running and walking.   John captured photos showing the weather, the season and our proximity to waters.

before being cloudy, it was foggy.  J. Loomis photo

Congratulations to Nancy, Jan and Bob, all 1st Place in their divisions at yesterday's Whale Run.  They each had really excellent times, even beating those much younger!   Nancy B. also did great, 2nd Place in her division.  Tom got a 3rd Place and John ran really well, earning 4th Place in a very competitive age group.


ship in a window, J. Loomis photo

A nice group this morning:  Cheryl N., Neil, Fran, Gay, Mark, Greg, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Charlene, Ron, John, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (19).
"ship" on the grass, J. Loomis photo


Town Hall cherry trees, J. Loomis photo
March 26th, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay
April 2nd, Big River (hopefully the mosquitoes aren't out yet)
April 9th, Caspar Logging Roads
April 16th, Van Damme State Park
April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North

NEXT SUNDAY, March 26th @ 8:00 A.M.: POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday March 12, 2017

We had a lovely group today. I counted fourteen today. The weather was very accommodating and by the time we had turned around the sun was shining and we were able to take off some of our clothing. We had one four-footed runner/walker also thanks to Tom T.
 

 J. Loomis photo of Hawk at Big River

Early morning photo of Big River looking out toward the Highway One Bridge on a rainy day.

I have been hiking a lot around the coast and taking photos of the fallen trees, broken bridges in Van Damme, Russian Gulch and Jug Handle. But I hadn't hiked Big River so I didn't have any photos to share today.

Can't see the seals, but they were right near the tip of 

the spit in the estuary of this photo.


All  photos are from John Loomis whose photos had been posted on other days. So we have a nice selection for this week's posting.

An egret sitting on a raft of seaweed waiting for the right time to catch a fish.


Next week is the 33RD ANNUAL WHALE RUN AND WALK 2017 on Saturday. Be sure to join us as many will be running and/or walking.

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Ward  Avenue
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.
 
NEXT SUNDAY,  MARCH 19TH @ 8:00 A.M., DST,  WARD AVE.

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





Sunday, March 5, 2017

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

J. Loomis photo, Pudding Creek Beach and Headlands

Well, that was an interesting run/walk.  A little brisk, starting out into the 43 degree wind, but at least it wasn't raining, at that moment.   With us this morning were:  Toni, Joe, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, John, Nancy and Tom (9).  With the day's forecast such as it was, no surprise that only 9 of us showed up.

J. Loomis photo

Going north at the start, and with the stiff wind at on our left sides, we were hoping that maybe coming back, it would feel a little better.  That didn't happen.  Instead, the sky began to darken over the ocean, the wind really started to pick up, and then the hail and blowing sand began!  It was a real umbrella turner, ask Rick.  We covered our exposed skin as best we could and hoped that Nancy wouldn't get blown off the Pudding Creek trestle.  


J. Loomis photo, egret hiding from the wind

March 12th, Big River (don't forget the time change)
March 19th, Ward Ave.
March 26th, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay

NEXT SUNDAY,  MARCH 12TH @ 8:00 A.M., DST,  BIG RIVER

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

This morning, we all, I think, took JSF Road 500 for a cold but very nice walk or run.  It was 37 degrees under clear skies.  I think we all chose to go uphill for the start because many of our roads are getting pretty sloppy and at least we knew that Road 500 going east was a decent, but very rocky road.  Hopefully, we can add Van Damme and Russian Gulch State Parks back into the rotation before too long.

John saw this pretty rainbow earlier this week offshore of Hare Creek.

J. Loomis photo, earlier this week
Caspar fixer-upper, J. Loomis photo
 Thank you, John, for these first two photos.


A cold, bright morning, B. Piercy photos

And then the rest of today's photo are from Bruce.  Thank you Bruce!

Donna brought her daughter Jamie again, thank you!  Also present:  Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Joe, Tom T., Gay, Mark, John, Susan, Bruce, Charlene, Nancy and Tom (16).







B. Piercy photo
B. Piercy photo



B. Piercy photo
After the run/walk, 12 of us enjoyed breakfast at David's.  All in all, a very nice morning!

March 5th, Pudding Creek Trestle
March 12th, Big River
March 19th, Ward Ave.
March 26th, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE, see "Our Routes" above if you get confused about the various Fort Bragg area starting points.

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

BIG RIVER

J. Loomis photo
We had a light rain here all night long and it persisted for our 8:00 a.m. run/walk.  Yet we still had 11 hardy runners and walkers.

B. Piercy photo
Present today:  Susan, Bruce, Charlene, Nancy T., Roger, Joe,  Jan, John, Bob, Nancy and Tom (11).

B. Piercy photo
Thank you John and Bruce for some photos that show how grey the morning was, and for this next one that shows that Spring is just around the corner..

J. Loomis photo
It is forecasted to be a very wet week.  I'll wait to see what happens and then come up with some kind of a list for upcoming run/walks.  Let me know if there's one you are particularly fond of.

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 26TH @ 8:00 A.M. CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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






Sunday, February 12, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

A nice morning today, 40, with mostly blue skies and a beautiful ocean.  We ran and walked around Noyo Bay and to the points on each side of it.

J. Loomis photo, 9 birds on the wires

Thanks to John for today's photos.  We were wondering where John was this morning.  He went to the North Trail instead of the South.  He's not the only one to have done this.  All these "Noyo Headlands" and Pomo Bluff names do confuse our starting points.

Amarillas, J. Loomis photo
When they connect the two halves of our new Coastal Trail, we will come up with some new names for the starting points.  I think it will be a great trail once it is all connected.  That is, if they can keep the ocean from eating away any more of it.

J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Suzanne, Henry, Michele (been with us once or twice before), Shari, Peter, Tom T., Geri, Neil, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Jan, Bob, Charlene, Ron, Nancy T., Roger, John,  Nancy and Tom (20).

Lastly, don't forget your Valentine this week.



SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER
SUN., FEB. 26TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 19TH @ 8:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH

John once again has supplied the photos for today's blog.  Thanks, John.  First up, taken from his yard, a reminder that sunnier and drier days are just ahead.


 We ran and walked the north half of the Noyo Headlands Trail today, plus a bit of the Haul Road.  Read in this week's Advocate News, that the two halves of the Coastal Trail will get connected and opened by this October, great news!

Pudding Creek Trestle, J. Loomis photo
 It was cloudy, breezy and I think 53 degrees, kind of had to hold the hat on today.

J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Nina, Jan, Neil, Gay, Mark, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Deb, Sam, Bill, Jordan, Shari, Nancy and Tom (19).


Franklin  St., J. Loomis photo
Once we got going this morning, it was still breezy, but a pretty morning to be out.  The ocean was a dark steel grey and there were patches of blue trying to break through the clouds.  After the run/walk, 12 of us had a nice breakfast at David's.  


Laurel St., J. Loomis photo


SUN., FEB. 12TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH (Taco Bell area)
SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER
SUN., FEB. 26TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 12TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (West of Taco Bell)

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