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, June 17, 2018

Ten Mile River - and Happy Father's Day

What a beautiful morning. What a joy.  I think all of us, maybe for different reasons, are all so thankful to be alive to enjoy the natural beauty of where we live and the wonderful friendship we all share.

We haven't been to Ten Mile for quite a while as it is quite a drive for many folks, however, it is a beautiful walk along the river, and mosquito free! When we started the sun was warm, though the air temp was about 45 deg and a slight mist over the hills, which you can just see in one of the photos.  The air temp must have risen rapidly as it was down to shirt sleeves on the way back.


We had a good turnout with 16 people, so I guess many others feel like me, Ten Mile is a great walk. 
The happy walkers this morning were, Rick & Nancy B., Mark & Gay who also brought their grandaughter Kyra, welcome back Pat & Leon, Cheryl & Neil, Charlene, Fran, Joe, Roger & Nancy T, and our 2 runners Ron & John.  You can see the blue sky and smiling faces in the photo John took of us all.

There's one other photo from our walk and one of some Totems that John found somewhere along Ten Mile.

Don't forget click a photo to see it fill the screen.

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Russian Gulch State Park, see our Routes above
 
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, June 24th, Russian Gulch
Sunday, July 1st, Caspar Logging Rd. area

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Such a spectacular crisp Spring day for a Fog Dodger Walk/Run. We all drove up to Ward Avenue. There were very mild conditions, no wind, and clear blue sky. We had a small and lively group that showed up and Rodger Thornburn and Nancy joined us  back on the trail. Nancy Banker lead the fast walkers (John Loomis and Shari Lyons), while the remaining group sauntered there way to Mackerricher. Everyone came together by the time we were getting back to the end of the walk.
We did take a group shot for those who happened to enjoy this lovely Sunday morning tradition.
NEXT SUNDAY, June 17, 2018 @ 8:00 A.M.: Ten Mile Road
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.





Sunday, June 17th, 10 Mile Rd.
Sunday, June 24th, Russian Gulch
Sunday, July 1st, Caspar Logging Rd. area

Monday, June 4, 2018

Today’s Run/Walk was very nice and with few walkers and no runners. Joe, John, Pat Tom, Mark and Gay showed up for a lively walk and extra credit goes to Mark and Gay, and Pat and Tom for walking the entire distance, and driving back to Glass Beach.  It has become a popular venue.
 
The morning was quite nice, with very light breeze, and cool to medium conditions, with small white caps decorating the blue Pacific ocean.  A casual bicycle rider, a roller blade’r, and a runner were seen on the start of the walk. John and Joe had interesting discussions about Jules Verne, and the Civil War battle ships constructed back in the day.
 
With Roger’s continuing progress, at the Hospital, and with Nancy Thornburn’s e-mails about his improvement we all wait to see Roger back on the walk in hopefully short order.
I send a few pictures of the day and one specifically for Roger Thornburn...  
John Loomis



NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Type location and directions here

Sunday, June 10th, Ward Avenue
Sunday, June 17th, 10 Mile Rd.
Sunday, June 24th, Russian Gulch
Sunday, July 1st, Caspar Logging Rd. area
 
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Van Damme
NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Sunday, May 27th
It was a beautiful walk today, and since no runners showed up, John Loomis walked with a small group. Of course the trail is spectacular, and the first bridge was apparently knocked out by the river, and a metal bridge is in place.
The trail is fairly nice and wide since lots of water issues came with the winter rains.
He took pictures and they are below so you can see them.John went to Salt Point the same day.
John provided us some photos for Van Damme.
 
And all of us have our thoughts and prayers for Roger and Nancy. Several of us have heard from both Roger & Nancy and if I would have gotten approval to post his photo while in the hospital I would have added that one as well. But I'll let him do that when he gets back.





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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

RUSSIAN GULCH


We hadn't been at Russian Gulch for quite awhile.  The trail had issues, including fallen trees, poison oak and mud.  This return today, was to see if conditions have changed.  It was 52 degrees and overcast and along the headlands, a bit breezy.  Amazingly, the Fern Canyon Trail looked exactly as it did a year or so ago, when we last ran it.  It's passable but in very poor condition.  

Kind of a last minute thing here, posting the next seven photos.  I had started this post early, so that I could save a little time this morning, had some other things to do.  Anyway, Zelda sent all these great photos from this morning and so I'm just sticking them in here.  Thank you Zelda!  The pictures show how beautiful it is here on the coast.












Russian Gulch cove, J. Loomis photo
The above photo from John was taken on a brighter day but I like it a lot.



Russian Gulch bridge, J. Loomis photo
 Present today:  Zelda, Shari, Peter, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Joe, Toni, Cheryl N., Neil, Gay, Mark, Nancy and Tom ( 15  ).

Russian Gulch bridge, R. Thornburn photo


May 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, June 3rd, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail (by Glass Beach)
Sunday, June 10th, Ward Avenue

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 27th 8:00 a.m. Group Run and Walk,  VAN DAMME State Park,  starting from the beach parking lot.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: Big River Logging Road on Tuesday and Heeser Drive/Mendocino on Thursday



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother''s Day, Caspar Logging Roads

Happy Mother's Day.  John gathered all the moms for a photo before we took off on our hike or run.  It was an excellent morning for running and walking,  overcast, calm and 53 degrees.  Thanks John, for this picture and all of the others.   John says "Thank you" to all the mom's.


Present today:  Fran, Cheryl N., Neil, Gay, Mark, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Joe, Toni, Tom T., Jan, John, Nancy and Tom (16).

Upper Caspar pond
I'm not sure where John shot some of these photos or what they really are.  They are interesting, John.  


J. Loomis photo
Caspar hidden figures

Buddah in a cave

Sunday, May 20th, Russian Gulch State ParkSunday,
May 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, June 3rd, Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail (by Glass Beach)
Sunday, June 10th, Ward Avenue
NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 20th 8:00 a.m. Group Run and Walk,  Russian Gulch State Park,  see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: Big River Logging Road on Tuesday and Heeser Drive/Mendocino on Thursday

Sunday, May 6, 2018

MENDOCINO HEADLANDS AND TOWNSHIP

Thank you Nancy B. and Rick, for bringing guests, Cindy and Jerry.  And thanks to John, for today's photos.  This weekend was the Annual Rhododendren Show at the Botanical Gardens.  This one is very pretty but not from the show.  Probably from John's yard.

Rhododendren
Others present today:  Nancy T., Roger, Fran, Jan, Catherine, John, Bob, Joe, Toni, Nancy and Tom (15).

It was a very beautiful morning, overcast and 53, calm with seemingly endless visibility.  We noticed many more than normal seabirds on the rocks and islands around Heeser Dr.   I wish that Ron had been with us this morning, he could have enlightened us as to what they were.

Russian Gulch Headlands and Caspar Lighthouse

Four of us runners cut the run short and headed to Boonville for the Boontling Classic 5K.  Congratulations to Nancy for a 1st place and to the others for doing really well, two thirds and a fourth.

Mendocino windmill

Next Sunday will be Mother's Day, a good day for a nice morning walk or run.  Caspar Logging Road  is quiet and the rhododendrens should be pretty.  Hope to see you there.

Foxglove

Sunday, May 13th, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, May 20th, Russian Gulch State Park
Sunday, May 27th, Van Damme State Park

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 13TH. CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: Big River Logging Road on Tuesday and Heeser Drive/Mendocino on Thursday