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, January 25, 2015

Pudding Creek Trestle/Coastal Trail

"For me, running is a great way to jump-start my day, boost my energy, and have a few minutes to plan and prioritize my schedule."-- Michael Dell

Oh, what a beautiful morning!  Did that get you to singing?  Not the purpose, it was just that kind of morning.   We checked out the new section of the Coastal Trail today.  It was just the north half of the old mill property, as it hasn't been linked to the south half yet.  They will eventually meet in the middle at Soldier Bay (?) or Fort Bragg Landing (?) or at the City Water Treatment Plant, your choice of names.  It is already a beautiful trail and will be so much better when it goes all the way from Noyo to Pudding Creek.

view from Coastal Trail, R. Thornburn photo

It was 50 degrees this morning, with calm and clear blue skies.  The large surf of the past couple of days has gone down but still remained beautiful.

Pudding Creek Trestle, J. Loomis photo

It was really nice to have four new people today.  They are friends of Katie and Melissa and I hope they will return (they are runners!!!!).  Well, at least two of them are runners, Lisa and Tabi.  Along for a free ride (in the baby jogger) were Linnaea and Zavier.  Thanks to all six of you!

Odd Couple, J. Loomis photo

Others present today:  Chuck, Charlene, Caroline, Richard, Joel, Cheryl, Laura, Cyd, John, Nancy T., Roger, Geri, Nancy B., Rick, Deb, Sam, Toni, Joe, Gay, Mark, Suzanne, Henry, Donna, Nancy and Tom (31).

Turkey vultures, J. Loomis photo
 Next weekend, Cyd is doing the 100K Ordinance Run in Monterey.  Good luck Cyd!  And, Happy Birthday to John (tomorrow) and thank you for the photos!

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 1ST @ 8:00 A.M.:  RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, see "Our Routes" above.  I asked John to choose the venue because I will have to be on the computer at 8:00, trying to reserve a campsite with ReserveAmerica but I hope to see you all at breakfast after the run/walk.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Big River Logging Road

"Is it raining?  That doesn't matter.  Am I tired?  That doesn't matter, either.  Then willpower will be no problem." -- Emil Zatopek

Big River, King tide, J. Loomis photo
We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival at Big River this morning.  It was 57 degrees, that's nice, but unlike the clear skies that current radar and satellite imagery were showing, it was raining!  I didn't expect such a nice turnout, hence the 'pleasantly surprised'.  Sometimes on the coast here, it just keeps on drizzling or raining, long after the last clouds disappear from satellite view or raindrops from the radar, I don't understand that.

J. Loomis photo
 Present this morning:  Nancy B., Rick, Orah, Steve, Deb, Sam, Cheryl, Laura, Melissa, Katie, John, Geri, Donna, Judith, Cyd, Jennifer, Nancy and Tom (18).  Sheila joined us for breakfast at David's.

Thanks, John, for so many nice photos.

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 @ 8:00 A.M.:  PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE, see "Our Routes" above.  I have heard that the barricades have been taken down and the north half of the new coastal trail along the former mill property is now open.  We intend to run and walk from the Pudding Creek Trestle, to the south to check out the new trail.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.  Yaay! It is beginning to get lighter in the mornings now.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ward Avenue


"Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see."-- Jimmy Buffett


Lake Cleone, J. Loomis

It's nice to have John back, thanks for the photos!  As nice as it is to have John back, we're sorry to see Fay leave.  Thanks, Fay, for bringing a guest, Jim, today and best wishes to you on your journey.

J. Loomis photo
Also with us this morning, John's brother-in-law, Jim.  Actually, he ran a little earlier than us but was there to see us off.  Jim has been doing the Tuesday/Thursday runs with us.  Others present:  Cyd, Melissa, Katie, Fran, Charlene, Gay, Mark, Deb, Sam, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Barbara, Zelda, Tom T., Nancy and Tom (22).

J. Loomis photo
 It was a good morning to run or to walk, 45 degrees, partly cloudy and calm.   The ocean was beautiful and it created a light hazy condition.  The pink team (minus Nancy) ran north along the beach and I'm not sure how many walkers went that way.  Nancy, John and I went south, along with many hikers.  It was interesting to see the efforts that State Parks is making towards removing the invasive ice plant.  It is a monumental job!

J. Loomis photo
 At 8:00 next Sunday, it will be high tide at 6.9 feet.  It will be nice to see Big River with all the mud flats flooded.  Where do the mosquitoes go when it floods?  For that matter, where do they hibernate or whatever when it's cold?  The forecast right now, calls for a chance of rain next weekend but that doesn't hurt the Big River Haul Road.

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  BIG RIVER HAUL ROAD, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Russian Gulch

"You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world."  Thanks, King."-- Exchange between Gustav V of Sweeden and Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics.


R. Thornburn photo, Russian Gulch

 
This morning we met at Russian Gulch.  Conditions were perfect for hiking or running, 46 degrees, cloudy, calm and dry.  It was a great way to start another year.  Happy New Year to all!

Present today:  Deb, Charlene, Judith, Fay, Donna, Shari, Peter, Nancy B., Toni, Joe, Cyd, Laura, Cheryl, Nancy and Tom (15).

Russian Gulch Hwy. One Bridge
J. Loomis photo
Lately, it's been really dark at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there's only another week or so before the sun starts rising earlier each day.  I think we'll make it without changing our starting time.  In years past, we moved starting time to 7:15 for two or three weeks.

David's was very nice for breakfast today, it always is!

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.  The tide will be about 3.0 feet, not great but it will be going out and the beach runable.  The Haul Road going south and the headlands are really nice too!

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Caspar Logging Roads

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up." -- Dean Karnazes.

John couldn't run this morning, so he sent a few of his Caspar area photos, obviously taken at other times.  Thanks, John.

J. Loomis photo
 It was a nice morning for running or walking.  When we met, it was 41 degrees, calm and with  cloudless skies.  This morning, Cyd showed up, intentionally, after finding us accidentally last week.  Thanks for coming, Cyd.   Another first timer was Sheila (sp.?).  Thanks, Donna, for inviting her.  And returning for at least her third holiday visit, Mark's daughter, Sarah.   Shari and Peter brought their son, Nate, also a return visit.  Thanks to all.

After this morning's one hour run, Cyd, was going back out for a couple more hours, getting ready for an upcoming 100 K run!  For the 100 K, she'll have 17 hours to complete it.  That's inspiration!

J. Loomis photo
Also present today:  Cheryl, Laura, Fran, Fay, Pat, Leon, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Neil, Judith, Nancy and Tom (24).

J. Loomis photo
Female Fog Dodger runners now outnumber the males and they make a pretty fast team.  It's kind of exciting to think of the group they would  make, if they'd  all show up on the same Sunday.  We love our hikers,  but we did start as a running group and I'd sure like to see more runners.   Presently, the walkers far outnumber the runners.   If you have a friend that walks or runs, bring them along!

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 4TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, see "Our Routes" above.  Hopefully, our parking area won't be too muddy.  Lately it got pretty stirred up by the tree service trucks and heavy rainfall, but it should be okay by next week.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

John wanted to wish all of the Fog Dodgers a Merry Christmas.   This is a "special" post.  You can also read about last week's run/walk in the last post.

watercolor, John Loomis

NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 28 @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Big River Logging Road

"Run often.  Run long.  But never outrun your joy of running." -- Julie Isphording
Big River,  J. Loomis
It was the kind of morning that we'd all been hoping for, for the past couple of years.  Warm (58), calm and wet!  At the start, we figured it was just fog, but before long, the mist turned into drops and before long, the puddles became deep enough to go over the soles and soak our socks.  It was great!

Big River, J. Loomis
 I apologize, for causing  our only "rule" to be broken.  I was involved in meeting a new person, Judith, and before I knew it, we were about 35 seconds late!  Thanks for coming, Judith.  Also, a little ways into our run, another runner, Cyd, caught up with us and I'm hoping she remembers the name of our group and can find us on the internet.  She lives locally and said she'd be interested in coming again.

Pudding Creek, J. Loomis
Others present today:  Charlene, Geri, Nancy T., Roger, Bob J., Rod, John, Bob, Katie, Melissa, Steve, Fay, Nancy and Tom (15).

The State Park trails are pretty soggy and there are a lot of trees down.  This limits the places we have to run and hike.  Next week's venue should be fine, no matter the weather and it is a favorite for those that want to exercise their dogs.

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and season's greetings to all!

 NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 28 @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.