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, December 10, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

We ran and walked the Caspar Logging Road (Jackson State Forest Rd. 500).  It was chilly, 39, when we started but after warming up, it felt just right.  It was a beautiful morning.

Caspar Bay

We followed our run/walk with our Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  Since some could make the run/walk but not breakfast or breakfast but not the run/walk, I'll just list all names that were present today.  There was:  Dorothy, Fran, Jim, Gay, Mark, Bob, Cheryl, John, Charlene, Ron, Toni, Zelda, Nancy B., Rick, Shari, Peter, Nicole, Noah, Reya, Serena, Nancy, Tom (22).

Caspar Robin


The Fog Dodgers had a wonderful breakfast at Mark and Gay's today.  Nicole brought Noah and the kids, Reya and Serena.  It was really fun to have the kids experience the Fairy Tree House and Giant Swing.  Actually, not just the kids but all of us enjoyed it!  Thank you very much, Mark and Gay, for a great morning!

Caspar Llama, thanks, John, for all of today's photos.
Next week, we will run and walk at Mendocino.  We tried this once before and it was well received.  On this one, you can run/walk along the bluff-top single track, all around the headlands, or you can run/walk on Heeser Drive and if you're running, we usually cover most of the town's through streets.  What you make of it, is completely up to you!  The following week, we're hoping that Big River Road will be open again.  Be sure to check back here just before the 24th for any changes.


We've become a group of "old" people. Sorry folks, and yes, I'm one of them.  We started out 20 years ago as a running group of middle aged and have just evolved.  It was very nice to have Nicole with us today and her family.  I've encouraged her to invite some of her friends that run and I'd like for everyone, to try to invite anyone, especially younger folks, to join us.  It would make us a much better group.  I will try putting up an invite on the C.V. Starr bulletin board, maybe get some of those folks off of the treadmills and onto the trails!

Sunday, Dec. 24th, Group Run and Walk, Big River (this is tentative, since it is presently closed for a bridge installation.

Sunday, Dec. 31st, Group Run and Walk, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE


NEXT SUNDAY, SUNDAY DEC. 17TH @ 8:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO HEADLANDS AND AROUND THE TOWN.  MEET AT THE HEESER DRIVE RESTROOMS.



Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  When you look and see how many different options we have, you wonder why we keep doing the same ones over and over.  Well, there are little glitches with each route and I tend to pick whatever seems to please most of us.  Be sure to let me know if there's one that you want to try again.   Roger has all of the maps looking really good  and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO HEADLANDS AND TOWN.  These mid-week runs beging at the restrooms on Heeser Dr.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

TEN MILE RIVER LOGGING ROAD

Pink Clouds off Ten Mile Beach

It was 40 degrees and the slight breeze made it seem much colder.  It was impossible to keep most everyone from jumping the gun at 7:58.  Mark held back a moment, to make sure nobody arrived just before our 8:00 a.m. start, thanks Mark!  That always seems to happen when it's cold and breezy.


Ten Mile Farm House

It had been almost two years since we last ran and walked at Ten Mile River.  It's still as pretty and nice as ever.  I timed the difference between Ward Avenue and Ten Mile River this morning, only six minutes, so hopefully we will do Ten Mile more often.  Don't tell me it's too far!

Thanks to John, for all of this morning's beautiful pictures.




"Ten Mile Mystery Home"

Present today, a small group:  Zelda, Gay, Mark, Charlene, Ron, Joel, Jan, John, Nancy and Tom (10).  Afterwards, four of us met with Toni and had a great David's breakfast.

Following our run/walk next week, we'll have our Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  It will be at Mark and Gay's beautiful home and I have been told that the Gnome Tree House will be open.  You should really try to make this one, even bring your family, it's a very nice event.  The "only rule",
is that if you want to participate in the Cookie
Exchange, you must also take home a plate of
cookies.  Mark and Gay don't want too many
left overs!  Gay will be providing steel cut oat-
meal and a waffle bar, you may bring anything
breakfast related you'd like.

South Fork Ten Mile River


If you haven't been to Mark and Gay's, you can follow one of the others or ask me for the address.  It's close by.










NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 10TH @ 8:00 A.M. CASPAR LOGGING ROADS.  OUR ANNUAL POT LUCK BREAKFAST AND COOKIE EXCHANGE FOLLOWS IMMEDIATELY AFTER. 


Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  When you look and see how many different options we have, you wonder why we keep doing the same ones over and over.  Well, there are little glitches with each route and I tend to pick whatever seems to please most of us.  Be sure to let me know if there's one that you want to try again.  Today, Shari suggested a couple of trails around the Pt. Cabrillo area and I'll look into those.  Anyway, Roger has all of the maps looking really good  and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NOYO COASTAL HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH

An incredibly beautiful ocean this morning!  Unfortunately, what it took to make it so beautiful, was a 20 - 25 mph southerly wind and accompanying drizzle.  There were very large waves breaking and the wind was blowing their tops off, very pretty!  We chose to start out going into the wind, since the drizzle was light at the moment.  Coming back with the wind was actually quite nice.  Another out and back to the north along the Haul Road, just seemed to make the wind and drizzle a little harder and wetter!  It all made for a great breakfast at David's for 10 us.





After fooling around with "Blogger" for 10 minutes or so, I give up!  It is really difficult sometimes, unless you are Roger, to arrange photos and captions on these blogs.  They just don't go where you want them to go!

John sent me these photos for the day and he titled one of them "Mr. Poppins" and the other, "Not Mary".  You get the idea, it was windy out there this morning.  The pretty bowl, is one that John found at an outdoor "art gallery" in the park at Lucerne, over in Lake County.

Present today:  Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Joe, Toni, Charlene, Ron, Zelda, Jan, John, Nancy and Tom (13).
                       

Hard to believe but it has been almost two years since we last ran and walked at Ten Mile River.  It'a drive that's just a few miles further than Ward Avenue or Lake Cleone and I hope the distance doesn't discourage you.  By request (and I like it also) we're going there next week.  It's a great road for everything!

Remember, we will have our Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange on Dec. 10.  Read about it just below.


           
Sunday, Dec. 3rd, by request, Ten Mile River Logging  Road, (click on "Our Routes" above).

Sunday, Dec. 10th, Caspar Logging Roads (this day was previously scheduled for Big River but I'm not sure if construction there is completed).   We will have our 8th (at least) Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  It will be at Mark and Gay's home and you can ask me for directions if you need them.  You don't want to miss this event!  You can bring any kind of dish that could be interpreted as breakfast related, and a plate of cookies if you wish to participate in that exchange.  You must take home a plate!

Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  When you look and see how many different options we have, you wonder why we keep doing the same ones over and over.  Well, there are little glitches with each route and I tend to pick whatever seems to please most of us.  Be sure to let me know if there's one that you want to try again.  Today, Shari suggested a couple of trails around the Pt. Cabrillo area and I'll look into those.  Anyway, Roger has all of the maps looking really good  and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

8th Annual Bin2Bin2Bin


And for the runners, there were two more Bins, having to return from Purity Market, stopping once again at Safeway and ending up at Harvest Market.  Though we are not a large group, every little donation is welcomed by the Food Bank.

This morning, we did our annual good deed for the Food Bank.   It was 39 degrees chilly at our start but there wasn't any wind this year, so really, a pretty nice morning.  I always like going across the Noyo Bridge, but I do not like looking straight down!

Tom Turkey, J. Loomis photo


John was busy installing windows this morning but was kind enough to send us some photos.  Thanks, John!  Our blog would look naked and not very interesting without his photos.  He's been building a new house for himself and has done most of it single handed.





Walking and running for the Food Bank this morning:  Jan, Bob J., Bob C., Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Shari, Toni, Joe, Nancy and Tom (12).

J. Loomis photo

John titled this photo, "Yesterday's conversation".  Something to think about.



J. Loomis photo









Sunday, November 26th, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail - North, from the Glass Beach parking lot.  

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, by request, Ten Mile River Logging  Road, (click on "Our Routes" above).



Sunday, Dec. 10th, Caspar Logging Roads (this day was previously scheduled for Big River but I'm not sure if construction there is completed).   We will have our 8th (at least) Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  It will be at Mark and Gay's home and you can ask me for directions if you need them.  You don't want to miss this event!  You can bring any kind of dish that could be interpreted as breakfast related, and a plate of cookies if you wish to participate in that exchange.  You must take home a plate!

Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  When you look and see how many different options we have, you wonder why we keep doing the same ones over and over.  Well, there are little glitches with each route and I tend to pick whatever seems to please most of us.  Be sure to let me know if there's one that you want to try again.  Today, Shari suggested a couple of trails around the Pt. Cabrillo area and I'll look into those.  Anyway, Roger has all of the maps looking really good  and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 26TH, NOYO COASTAL HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH, we can check to see if they are getting close to connecting the two halves.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

We ran and walked on the MacKerricher State Park Haul Road today.  It was a beautiful morning.  The ocean was flat calm and the sky was completely clouded with beautiful clouds.  It was 51 degrees and a slight breeze out of the south that gave us all a chill at the start.

Pudding Creek Trestle, J. Loomis

John took some pictures for us.  Thank you, John!  Most of them are from his back yard.  The one above, of the Pudding Creek Trestle was taken on another day.  The clouds this morning were much more interesting and beautiful.  Most everyone commented on them.

Persimmon Time, J. Loomis
After our turn-around, Adriana, joined with us.  Ron had invited her yesterday.  Thanks to both of you!  Also present today:  Lucinda, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl N., Neil, Shari, Peter, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Bob, John, Charlene, Ron, Catherine, Nancy and Tom (19).

Golden Delicious, J. Loomis
Chayote, J. Loomis



















Flowering Cherry, J. Loomis

Next week's run/walk is a fun way to help out our Food Bank.  It started eight years ago, kind of like a race, but we've slowed and now it's just a fun and scenic (crossing the bridge) run and walk.  We follow it with an optional breakfast at David's.  I hope everyone can make it.

Sunday, November 19th, Bin 2 Bin 2 Bin Harvest Market Thanksgiving Run/Walk (We'll donate an item(s) of food to the Food Bank at each store).  Just bring a little cash with you, enough to buy something (beans, cereal, turkey, pasta, you name it) at each store.  They have Food Bank barrels or boxes at each store, so you don't have to walk/run around town lugging it.  We'll start in front of Harvest Market at 8:00.

Sunday, November 26th, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail - North, from the Glass Beach parking lot.  Cheryl and Neil checked this morning and the two halves are not yet connected.  They are getting close to doing so though and it will be so nice when done.  

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, by request, Ten Mile River Logging  Road, (click on "Our Routes" above).

Sunday, Dec. 10th, Caspar Logging Roads (this day was previously scheduled for Big River but I'm not sure if construction there is completed).  8th Annual Pot Luck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  This year, it will again be at Mark and Gay's home.  If needed, ask me for the address or directions.


Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  When you look and see how many different options we have, you wonder why we keep doing the same ones over and over.  Well, there are little glitches with each route and I tend to pick whatever seems to please most of us.  Be sure to let me know if there's one that you want to try again.  Anyway, Roger has all of the maps looking really good  and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 19TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  8th Annual Bin2Bin2Bin2Bin Run and Walk, starting at the Boatyard parking lot. (described above)

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

VAN DAMME STATE PARK

This was our first winter-like morning this year.  Even so, it was 38 degrees at our start, and people from all around the country would laugh at us, if we complained about it.  It was also crystal clear and the ocean, clean, flat and deep blue.  A great morning for a run or for a walk.  John found that the frost this morning worked some magic on the church's stained glass windows.  He's always scouting for a photo to share.  Thank you, John, for all of this morning's photos!


Heart and Soul, J. Loomis photo
(what the frost did to the church windows)
Thanks to Gay and Mark, for bringing along Kay Ellen and Paul, for their second visit.  And to Jan, for inviting Liz, also for her second visit.   Others present today:  Charlene, Ron, Neil, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Catherine, David, Nancy T., Roger, Joe, John, Barbara, Bob, Shari, Peter, Nancy and Tom  (24).


Frosty morning, J. Loomis photo

It had been awhile since we last met at Van Damme.  I was kind of hoping that the trail would be better but it was just as we had last seen, not great but still a very pretty run or walk.

Next Sunday, we meet at the Pudding Creek Trestle.  From there, you can go either north or south.  Right now, the forecast for next Sunday says that there's a good chance of showers, so you can take off with the rain at your back, in any case, a good venue!
      (ammended on 11/12/17, 5:00 a.,m., not going to rain and it will be 51 degrees, wind SE 8mph)


Morning llamas, J. Loomis photo

Sunday, November 12th, Pudding Creek Trestle

Sunday, November 19th, Bin 2 Bin 2 Bin, Harvest Market Thanksgiving Run/Walk (We'll donate a couple cans of food to the Food Bank at each store).  I hope that everyone can make this one.  It's always fun and though our contribution to the Food Bank is very small, it is very much appreciated.

Sunday, November 26th, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail - North, from the Glass Beach parking lot.  Just checked this course out yesterday, Nov. 4th, and the two halves are not yet connected but I've heard from Roger, that they're getting close and it appeard so!  It will be so nice when done.  Also, Roger has updated "Our Routes" at the top of the page, thanks Roger!  He's done a great job and it will help us all get to the right starting points.  

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, by request, Ten Mile River Logging  Road, (click on "Our Routes" above).

Sunday, Dec. 10th, Big River Logging Road (Yaaay!  It's open again and the mosquitoes gone at this time of the year.)

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 12TH @ 8:00 A.M.: PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  At least for now, it won't be quite so dark.  We've been running lately with flashlights.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY




Thanks, John, for a couple of Halloween photos

Well, I kind of confused a few people, by throwing in way too many street names and directions but in the end, it all seemed to work out fine.  We were trying out a small deviation to our "regular" Pomo Bluffs run/walk.  I had recently tried for the first time, the Hare Creek Beach Access Trail and wanted everyone else to see how neat it was.  They liked it!


The Noyo Ghost, J. Loomis photo
Happy Halloween!

I think it was 52 degrees this morning and very foggy.  Got a good laugh out of a few people we passed on the Coastal Trail, when they read "Fog Dodgers" on Nancy's shirt.  It was a very thick fog and I'm not sure if we were dodging or just cutting through it.

Present today:  Gay, Mark, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Shari, Peter, Cheryl N., Neil, Joel, Nicole, John, Nancy and Tom (16).

Coming up in three weeks, we do our 8th Annual Bin 2 Bin 2 Bin Run/Walk.  For any unfamiliar with this one, it simply starts at Harvest Market.  We run/walk into the store and buy a couple of items for the Fort Bragg Food Bank, drop them in their barrel there and go on to do the same at Safeway and Purity.  We finish by making a second trip into Harvest.  Runners can make all four stops easily in an hour and walkers three stops in the same time.

Sunday, November 5th, Van Damme State Park  (Remember the time change)

Sunday, November 12th, Pudding Creek Trestle

Sunday, November 19th, Bin 2 Bin 2 Bin, Harvest Market Thanksgiving Run/Walk (We'll donate a couple cans of food to the Food Bank at each store)

Sunday, November 26th, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail - North, from the Glass Beach parking lot.  Hopefully,  the north and south halves of the trail are now connected.

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, by request, Ten Mile River Logging  Road, (click on "Our Routes" above).

Sunday, Dec. 10th, Big River Logging Road (Yaaay!  It's open again and the mosquitoes gone at this time of the year.)

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 5TH @ 8:00 A.M.,  VAN DAMME STATE PARK  (PACIFIC STANDARD TIME)

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: MENDOCINO, beginning at the Heeser Drive restrooms.  This will be our last (for awhile) dark run.