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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pudding Creek Trestle

Due to my gullibility, Nancy B conned me into writing this blog.  As I already had my Sunday planned, I apologize for the tardiness of this blog.
A mist shrouded Pudding Creek Trestle (John Loomis)
Wild flowers John picked this morning

The fog was quite thick this morning with an air temperature of 52 degrees.  The ocean was very calm and because of the cloud cover, the beaches were pretty empty except for a few brave souls.

Pudding Creek is being held in by a sand bank, so it’s not flowing out to the ocean. But did you notice how full of water the basin under the trestle has become. Pudding Creek east of the trestle was clear of algea and other crud that normally makes it look quite uninviting.

Nancy B. also promised to send me a list of attendees (Nancy, you're now in my little book!), so here's my best guess. There was Nancy B, Rick, Joe, Nancy T, Roger, Peter, Charlene, Ron, Bruce, Susan, John and a couple of late arrivals, whose names I don’t know, sorry.

A group of 10 of us had breakfast at David’s.

SUNDAY, JULY 31ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, WARD AVENUE, low tide, 0.8 at 8:44
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

 
NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 31ST @ 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, July 17, 2016

VAN DAMME STATE PARK


John had a very busy week, including taking his son to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra yesterday, so he brought a few photos out of his files, taken at Van Damme, but as you can see, at a different season.  As always, they are really nice and the blog wouldn't look too good without John's pics!  It's my guess, these were all taken in winter.  Beautiful!

J. Loomis photo, hunting or fishing

It was better weather for running and walking this morning, 55 and overcast at our start.   My main reason for choosing this venue today, was to find out it the needed repairs had been made to the Fern Canyon Trail.  They haven't and so we will not return to Van Damme for our Thursday runs.  It's a pretty trail, but not too good for running anymore.


J. Loomis photo, looks pretty cold!
Thanks to Nancy and Rick B., for bringing Gwyn.  Also present:  Deb, Sam, Toni, Joe, Nancy T., Roger, Fran, Barbara, John, Jan, Nancy and Tom (15).

If you made it as far as bridge 3, you saw this plaque, placed in memory of a young CCC worker that was killed in an accident while building the bridges we crossed this morning.  I always knock on the railing as I cross bridge 3 and say, "Hi Russell".

J. Loomis photo

SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JULY 31ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, WARD AVENUE, low tide, 0.8 at 8:44
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 24TH @ 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, July 10, 2016

Noyo Headlands Trail - South

It was really a beautiful morning!  At our 8:00 a.m. start it was 57 degrees with a slight breeze.  There was a narrow belt of high fog over us but it was clear out over the ocean and to the east.  As we walked and ran, the fog quickly burned off, revealing beautiful blue skies.  The ocean and whitewater were clear and a little rough.



John took some harbor photos today, thanks John!  John also brought his son, Nicholas.  Thanks for coming Nicholas, you're a good runner!



Present this morning, along with Gay and Mark, was Texas Susan.  Also present:  Zelda, Susan, Bruce, Shari, Nancy B., Rick, Jan, Charlene, Ron, Toni, Nancy and Tom (17).
J. Loomis
We haven't ran and walked at Van Damme State Park for a long time, mainly because the trails had fallen trees and lots of muddy puddles.  It should be good now that summer is in high gear so we will try it out next Sunday.  It's a beautiful creekside trail with 10 picturesque bridge crossings of the creek.  Those wanting to walk with their dog, can walk the campgrounds, upper and lower, and also walk the beach.

J. Loomis photos, Noyo
SUNDAY, JULY 17TH, VAN DAMME STATE PARK
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JULY 31ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, WARD AVENUE, low tide, 0.8 at 8:44
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROAD


NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 17TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach parking lot.

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

Sunday, July 3, 2016

WARD AVENUE

Happy Fourth of July to all!  It was a great morning to be out running and walking.  It was sunny, 53 degrees and a breeze of maybe 4 mph from the south.  It felt kind of cool starting out into the breeze but warm coming back.


J. Loomis photo

Ron chose to run on the beach and missed his turn-around spot since the creek had dried up.  Four of us ran on the Haul Road.  Both John and Ron noticed the busy seagulls just offshore.  John was anxious to get back with his surf net.

J. Loomis photo


Present today was Sue (Susan?) from Texas, thanks to Gay and Mark (also present), Toni, Charlene, Ron, Fran, Greg, Susan, Bruce, Jan, John, Nancy B., Rick, Bill, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy and Tom (19).

J. Loomis photo, I think we have a theme going here.

Next Sunday, we get to run/walk on our newest Coastal Trail, the Noyo Headlands Park - South.  It's access road is just across the highway from Taco Bell.  It's a nice trail with some great ocean views.  Check out Johnson Rock and sit on the bench for a moment, amazing!




J. Loomis photo

Nine of us had breakfast at David's.  We are all thankful to Toni, for calling in a reservation, as David's is getting busier all the time, especially on holiday weekends.  Great food and service!


J. Loomis photo


Here's a tentative schedule, just so you'll have some idea of when your favorite venue is coming up.  Always check the blog though, just before each Sunday, in case something changes.

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) 
SUNDAY, JULY 17TH, VAN DAMME STATE PARK
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JULY 31ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, WARD AVENUE, low tide, 0.8 at 8:44

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 10TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (see "Our Routes" above for directions).


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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Noyo Headlands Park North

 Well, today we truly were the Fog Dodgers. It actually was very pleasant to have that light, Fort Bragg fog, after all the recent spectacular weather.  But, with no wind and a pleasant 52 degrees, it made for a great walk/run. John took this foggy picture of the Noyo Bridge this morning.  Next to it is how it looked yesterday!

Noyo Bridge in his morning's fog
Noyo Bridge yesterday
As Tom’s away and I’m writing the blog, you’ll be surprised to see a list of names for the 13 people that came this morning, but I had a special request from Zelda!  You’ll not be surprised however, if I missed someone, so apologies if I did miss  you.

The new Noyo Headlands trails continue to provide wonderful walks and spectacular views of our coastline.  Even today, in the mist, it looked beautiful, but in the morning sun, just can’t be beaten.
 
Noyo Headlands North trail
In attendance this morning were Neil, Rick, Nancy B, Roger, Nancy T, Toni, Joe, Joel, John, Susan, Bruce, Fran, and of course Zelda. Our group was fortunate to include Joe, the artist, as he was able to explain the significance of the unusual design of the bench dedicated to Jere Mello.

Unfortunately, I can’t find anything funny to report today, probably as I was having trouble waking up this morning, so here’s a joke instead.  What did the fog say to the fog dodgers, having been away for a while?  – I mist you.

Quickly moving on, I took a photo this morning of Toni, Nancy B and Joe walking off into the mist – sort of capturing this morning’s very pleasant walk.
Just a reminder that next Saturday is the world’s largest Salmon Barbecue.  It’s always a wonderful event, so hope to see you there.

The World's Largest Salmon Barbecue

Have a good week and see you all next Sunday at Ward Avenue.

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 3RD @ 8:00 A.M.: Ward Avenue

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day, Caspar Logging Road

Flowers for dad, J. Loomis photo
Happy Father's Day to all the dads.  It was a beautiful, 53 degree, clear blue sky morning when we took off at 8:00 this morning.  We ran and walked Jackson State Forest Road 500, starting at "The Scales" or the junction with Road 600.

Caspar Mill Site, J. Loomis photo
After a very long and steady uphill run, we coasted back downhill at a pretty good clip.  Successfully navigating past all of the rocks that want to trip you, we all declared it to be a good run.  Joel, faster than the rest of us, ran way out in front (mountain lion decoy!).

J. Loomis photo, duck in flight
Present today:  Fran, Tom T., Joel, Nancy T., Roger, Bill, Jordan, Jan, John, Neil, Toni, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (16).

Caspar Orchard Road, J. Loomis photo
Next week, we again get to check out half of our newest Coastal Trail.  It is friendly for all, walkers, runners, dogs and bikes.  Parking lot is at the west end of Elm Street.  From the start, you can go either north towards MacKerricher or south towards Noyo.  It is very nice!


SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH ( Glass Beach Parking Lot), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH @ 8:00 A.M.: 
NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, (Starting at the parking lot near Glass Beach.)

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

It's better known as MacKerricher Haul Road but at the Pudding Creek Trestle, is where we start.

J. Loomis photo


It was really nice out this morning, 56 degrees, full sun and a light breeze.  The ocean and the waves were beautiful!  There was a thin marine haze in the air and we had lots of happy people!
Ron, with his keen eye for nature, had close sightings of a river otter and a weasel.


J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Greg (Chico), Deb, Sam, Fran, Charlene, Ron, Joel, Zelda, Jan, Shari, Peter, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (18).  Well, maybe not "lots" of happy people but we did have a very nice group and we were happy!

I think 14 of us had breakfast at David's and as always, it was very good.

Next week's run/walk is still my favorite venue.  I like it because of the different options you have when beginning, either up, or down, or trail or road.  You do have to be careful though because of the loose rock on the road.  I can't afford to fall down again, too well known now at the hospital!  Next week is also good for walking your dog or riding your bike.

We're avoiding Big River lately because of the mosquitoes.  Too bad, because it works well for most of us.  Also avoiding Russian Gulch and Van Damme due to trail conditions, summer crowds, and dogs are not allowed.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH ( Glass Beach Parking Lot), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

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