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 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pudding Creek Trestle

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir, 1913, in Linnie Marsh Wolfe, ed., John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

We had a large assembly this morning. All expected me to lead them in a specific direction, but I fooled them and chose to go south and others expected to go north and I said, "go whichever you desire." And they did. So most went north and some went south and we all convened again at the starting point.


Colorful house near Pudding Creek Trestle trail by J. Loomis

This week we had seven runners: Lisa and Tabi and their children, Linnaea and Zavier, John L., Cheryl W., Cyd, Bob C., Melissa and Randy. Joel was our sole bicyclist. Our collection of walkers was impressive. We had Suzanne & Henry, Toni, Judith, Bob ., Gerri, Steve & Orah, Fran, Mark & Gaye, Neil & Cheryl, and Rick & Nancy.


Trestle Bridge with over-flying birds by J. Loomis


Beautiful cypress trees by J. Loomis
Decommissioned rails and water tank by J. Loomis


The Whale Run is coming up March 21st. Don't forget that there are many walkers there as well. Mark it on you calendar. Today, seven of our large group went to David's for breakfast.

Sun. Mar. 15, Russian Gulch
Sun. Mar. 22, Ward Ave. (another good low tide, -0.2)
Sun. Mar. 29, Caspar Logging Roads
Sun. April 5,  Big River

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 8 @ 8:00 A.M.:  Van Damme State Park
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, February 22, 2015

Ward Avenue

"If you under-train, you may not finish, but if you over-train, you may not start." -- Stan Jensen.
An incredibly beautiful morning.  We met at Ward Avenue, some walked the Haul Road and others chose the beach.  On the beach, we benefitted from a very low tide and we all benefitted from crystal clear skies.  The view up the coast, as far as Cape Mendocino, was clear and beautiful.  The water lines along the beach, left as the last high tide receded, were solid lines of what looked to be sand crab legs and shells.  I'm hoping that was just a sign of a recent molt and not some huge die off.  It was 42 degrees at the start but warming quickly.

J. Loomis photo

It was nice see Lisa, Tabi and their two children, Linnaea and Zavier.  Also, Sara (h?), was back.  It's nice to have younger people joining us.  And, they are all locals.  Thanks for coming!  Donna brought a friend, Nancy, her second visit.   Thanks both.

Also present today: Cyd, Randy E., Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Katie, Melissa, Geri, Orah, Steve, Gay, Mark, Greg, Charlene, John, Nancy and Tom (25).


Two shots of Lake Cleone this morning, J. Loomis photos
J. Loomis photo, 
J. Loomis photo



The Whale Run is coming up March 21st.  Prior to then, Melissa may bring some Whale Runners in training to one of our Sunday run/walks.  The more runners and walkers we have, the better the chance of finding someone you really click with or that runs or walks the same pace as you.







Today, ten of the group went to David's for breakfast.  Sometimes, our large numbers are a problem for breakfast but that is a problem we can easily fix by just getting more tables. Kira and her staff are excellent at accommodating us.

Sun. Mar. 1,  Pudding Creek Trestle
Sun. Mar. 8,  Van Damme State Park
Sun. Mar. 15, Russian Gulch
Sun. Mar. 22, Ward Ave. (another good low tide, -0.2)
Sun. Mar. 29, Caspar Logging Roads
Sun. April 5,  Big River

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE, from there, you can north or south, both very pretty.

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, February 15, 2015

Big River

"If you can train your mind for running, everything else will be easy."--Amby Burfoot

A Valentine's Day Sunset, J. Loomis photo
We met at Big River today.  It was a beautiful morning.  While waiting to get started, it seemed colder than the 48 degrees because of the easterly breeze blowing downriver.  Once we were up the river a bit, very nice.  It's trying to turn into Spring, trees and bushes beginning to leaf, little buds opening up and stinging nettles already a foot tall!  John captures the changes nicely with the photos below, thank you John!

J. Loomis photo

It is President's Day weekend and it was nice to see a good turnout.  I think that a few of our runners were over at the Willits Classic.  Present were:  Gay, Mark, Geri, Nancy T., Roger, Rick, Tom T., Bob J., Greg, Judith, John, Rod, Cheryl, Laura, Cyd, Nancy and Tom (17).

J. Loomis photo
Upcoming dates and locations:  

Sun. Feb. 22, Ward Ave.  (good low tide!)
Sun. Mar. 1,  Pudding Creek Trestle
Sun. Mar. 8,  Van Damme State Park
Sun. Mar. 15, Russian Gulch
Sun. Mar. 22, Ward Ave. (another good low tide, -0.2)
Sun. Mar. 29, Caspar Logging Roads

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 22 @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE (a good low tide!)

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, February 8, 2015

Caspar Logging Roads

"Putting miles in your training log is like putting money in the bank.  You begin to draw interest on it immediately."-- Hal Higdon

It was kind of nice this morning at Caspar.  There were a few rain drops, not many, and the wind, a bit blustery but not too bad.  The 61 degrees made it all seem worth showing up.  It was like the second time this year I wore shorts.   Not very proud of these old legs but when it's raining and warm, shorts are better than tights or pants.

Thanks to John, for the pictures that make the blog look nice and keep it interesting, I think.  John has a good eye!


Russian Gulch waterfall, J. Loomis

I thought that after the driest January ever, the muddy sections we encountered a month ago  on Road 600 would be well packed.  I guess they didn't pack, so a lot of clean 2" rock has been spread over those areas, making for tricky footing in a few areas but otherwise the road was nice.

 Old Caspar farmhouse, J. Loomis photo 
Can't blame anyone for staying home, with the rain and wind forecast that we had.  When it rains, more runners are likely to show up than walkers.  That was the case today, until a couple of late arrival walkers showed up, making it 7 walkers and 6 runners.  
Caspar watertower, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Cyd, Cheryl, Laura, John, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Deb, Sam, Charlene, Nancy and Tom.  Judith was still without internet, so was unsure about the venue,  but joined us for breakfast at David's (14).
Another old Caspar farmhouse, J. Loomis photo
 We might be passing the blog author duties around a little and I thought it would make it easier if I chose the upcoming locations in advance.  Then, if a new blog entry isn't posted some week, we'll still know where to go.  You can put these on your calendars or just remember they are here and come back to check.  As always, I'll gladly accept requests and would love for additional and suitable venues.

Upcoming dates and locations:  
Sun. Feb. 15, Big River
Sun. Feb. 22, Ward Ave.  (good low tide!)
Sun. Mar. 1,  Pudding Creek Trestle
Sun. Mar. 8,  Van Damme State Park
Sun. Mar. 15, Russian Gulch
Sun. Mar. 22, Ward Ave. (another good low tide, -0.2)

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 15, @ 8:00 A.M.:  BIG RIVER

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, February 1, 2015

Russian Gulch State Park

"I've never known a runner who had as much patience as he needed." -- Amby Furfoot, THE RUNNER'S GUIDE TO THE MEANING OF LIFE.

Jack Peters Creek, J. Loomis photo
 This morning, was one of those first of the month days, when the ReserveAmerica reservation window opens at 8:00 a.m., for State Park Campgrounds, so Nancy and I had to stay home and take care of business.  Thanks,  Roger, for taking the roll and I'm sorry to have missed the run.  We were successful though, in reserving our San Clemente campground for later in the year.

J. Loomis photo

Present this morning:  Cheryl, Geri, Jennifer, Toni, Joe, John, Laura, Nancy B., Rick,  Rod, Charlene, Deb, Sam, Orah, Steve, Nancy T., Roger, and joining 10 others for breakfast at David's, Nancy and Tom (19).

Russian Gulch State Park, J. Loomis photo

Thanks to John L., for today's photos.  They were taken earlier and in my file here.

Asked if there was anything "special" about today's walk/run, I only heard a couple of 'it was muddy's.'  Maybe someday, a little of the State Park System's maintenance money will be diverted to Mendocino County and we could have trails to be proud of.  Until then, State Park's should be ashamed of our local trails.


NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 8th @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING 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 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.