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, April 23, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH

It was beautiful morning.  We Fog Dodgers ran and walked the north half of the new Coastal Trail and a bit of the MacKerricher Haul Road.  It was 46 degrees at our start and mostly clear skies and the ocean was beautiful, with some good sized waves.

Pudding Creek Headlands, J. Loomis photo
Thank you, Fran, for bringing Jeanette and Charlie.  Also present:  Healdsburg Tony, John, Jan, Charlene, Joe, Shari, Peter, Nancy B., Cheryl N., Neil, Nancy and Tom (14).

Apple blossoms, J. Loomis photo
Yesterday was the Mendo 50, a 50 kilometer foot race, which utilizes the Big River, Russian Gulch and Caspar Creek watersheds.  We walked with Tony up Big River six miles to meet some of his Healdsburg friends and run them back to the finish line.  Walking at Big River just invites hundreds of mosquitoes to torment you.  So, next weeks planned Big River walk has been changed to Caspar.

Skunk Depot, J. Loomis photo
April 30th, Caspar Logging Roads  (St. Anthony's Mexican Breakfast?) This walk/run was previously scheduled for Big River but the mosquitoes are back now and you don't want to walk at Big River, believe me!  The Mexican Breakfast is just information for you, not a recommendation.

April 30th, Caspar Logging Roads

May 7th, Van Damme (Little River Inn?)  Many of the group like the Little River Inn periodically.

May 14th, Pudding Creek Trestle

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 30 @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Van Damme State Park

A small but determined group ran and walked in Van Damme. The weather was accommodating though the trail was mucky and added souvenirs to our shoes. Our hardy runners were John and Ron. The walkers were Joe, Peter, Shari, Charlene, Jennifer and me, Nancy. There were campers who were having a great time and not the least concerned about camping despite the likelihood it will probably be raining again soon. Most of us went home for breakfast today, though I'm pretty sure that Shari and Peter went out for breakfast! Nancy and Tom will be back next Sunday. We all will hope that we won't running or walking on mucky trails. Just to keep your spirits up,

I have added some photos of Little River, which is quite high and certainly higher than I've ever seen before. The three photos below are from me.

Crossing the river on a fallen log.

The small waterfall in full flow.

Little River is flowing fast.


Photo by John Loomis

Photo by John Loomis

Photo by John Loomis

Photo by John Loomis


April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North
April 30th, Big River (St. Anthony's Mexican Breakfast?)
May 7th, Van Damme (Little River Inn?) 

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD @ 8:00 A.M.: Noyo Headlands Park - North



NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Type location and directions here
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


Cherry tree, J. Loomis photo


We ran and walked Jackson State Forest Road 500 this morning.  For running, it's a real challenge, to not trip and fall down, due to the road surface, which is covered with loose rock  or imbedded ones just waiting for one of our toes.  I guess it was a good morning, none of us fell down!

Flowering apple, J. Loomis photo










Present this morning:  Zelda, Neil, Shari, Peter, Tom T., Nancy B., Rick, Orah, Steve, Nancy T., Roger, Jan, John, Bob, Deb, Sam, Charlene, Ron, Toni, Joe, Nancy and Tom (22).









It was a chilly 37 degrees at our 8:00 a.m. start.  Not supposed to be that cold at this time of the year.

frosty, J. Loomis photo
Caspar Church, J. Loomis photo





After our run/walk, 19 of us enjoyed breakfast at David's.  We were asked, nicely, to try calling in our reservation at the beginning of our run/walk (8:00) instead of at the end.  They work very hard to accommodate us and we will do whatever we can, though I explained the difficulty with calling early.



Our "Jack of All Trades" John, is also an accomplished ceramicist (is that the word?).  Below are some of his recently created pots.













April 16th, Van Damme State Park
April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North
April 30th, Big River (St. Anthony's Mexican Breakfast?)
May 7th, Van Damme (Little River Inn?) 

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH @ 8:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

BIG RIVER

Everything seemed just right this morning, except for missing a few of our friends.  I guess it's always that way, since we actually do have other lives.  It was a sunny, almost calm, 50 degree morning.

J. Loomis photo, trilliums
 

J. Loomis photo

Even though the day is so nice, the mosquitoes haven't yet invaded Big River.  I suspect that will change soon.

J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Bob J., Zelda, Shari, Peter, Nancy B., Rick, Charlene, Ron, John, Nancy T., Roger, Fran, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (16).

J. Loomis photo, Jack Peters Creek
I guess that it's the beginning of the tourst season, except for abalone, for which the season is shortened this year.  Six of us went to David's for breakfast and it was even busier than normal, lots of people!

April 9th, Caspar Logging Roads
April 16th, Van Damme State Park
April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH @ 8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY

It was a very grey, overcast morning, with a little drizzle and southerly wind mixed in.  Once we got up to the Noyo Bridge and were able to change directions, it seemed so much nicer, then having the wind at our backs.

Pomo Bluffs goose, J. Loomis photo
We had a good sized group today, including 1st timer, Jeff, Michele's husband.  Thanks, Michelle, and I think Henry, for bringing him along.  Also present this morning:  Nancy B., Rick, Susan, Bruce, Fran, Neil, Charlene, Ron, Bob, Peter, John, Nancy and Tom (16).

J. Loomis photo

Springtime, J. Loomis photo
















I was gone a couple of weeks ago, when the group met at Big River.  I didn't hear of any complaints, so I'll assume that things there were okay (no mosquitoes).    We'll go there again next week and the weather is supposed to be nice.  I don't know the life cycle of mosquitoes but with the weather beginning to warm, we will probably have to give up Big River soon, until the weather again turns cool.

April 2nd, Big River (hopefully the mosquitoes aren't out yet)
April 9th, Caspar Logging Roads
April 16th, Van Damme State Park
April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND @ 8:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

WARD AVENUE

This is the Fort Bragg Whale Festival Weekend.  There was a little rain and drizzle yesterday, today is just cloudy.  I hope the weather didn't hamper any of the festivities.  It's been perfect, both yesterday and today, for running and walking.   John captured photos showing the weather, the season and our proximity to waters.

before being cloudy, it was foggy.  J. Loomis photo

Congratulations to Nancy, Jan and Bob, all 1st Place in their divisions at yesterday's Whale Run.  They each had really excellent times, even beating those much younger!   Nancy B. also did great, 2nd Place in her division.  Tom got a 3rd Place and John ran really well, earning 4th Place in a very competitive age group.


ship in a window, J. Loomis photo

A nice group this morning:  Cheryl N., Neil, Fran, Gay, Mark, Greg, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Charlene, Ron, John, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (19).
"ship" on the grass, J. Loomis photo


Town Hall cherry trees, J. Loomis photo
March 26th, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay
April 2nd, Big River (hopefully the mosquitoes aren't out yet)
April 9th, Caspar Logging Roads
April 16th, Van Damme State Park
April 23rd, Noyo Headlands Park - North

NEXT SUNDAY, March 26th @ 8:00 A.M.: POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday March 12, 2017

We had a lovely group today. I counted fourteen today. The weather was very accommodating and by the time we had turned around the sun was shining and we were able to take off some of our clothing. We had one four-footed runner/walker also thanks to Tom T.
 

 J. Loomis photo of Hawk at Big River

Early morning photo of Big River looking out toward the Highway One Bridge on a rainy day.

I have been hiking a lot around the coast and taking photos of the fallen trees, broken bridges in Van Damme, Russian Gulch and Jug Handle. But I hadn't hiked Big River so I didn't have any photos to share today.

Can't see the seals, but they were right near the tip of 

the spit in the estuary of this photo.


All  photos are from John Loomis whose photos had been posted on other days. So we have a nice selection for this week's posting.

An egret sitting on a raft of seaweed waiting for the right time to catch a fish.


Next week is the 33RD ANNUAL WHALE RUN AND WALK 2017 on Saturday. Be sure to join us as many will be running and/or walking.

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: Ward  Avenue
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.
 
NEXT SUNDAY,  MARCH 19TH @ 8:00 A.M., DST,  WARD AVE.

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