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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

WARD AVENUE

It was a gorgeous morning, half cloudy and half sunny, 53 degrees and calm.  There was a light, misty fog when we began.   We met at Ward Avenue, some went north along the beach and some went south, along the Haul Road.

Nye veggie garden
Thanks to John L. for all of today's photos.

Present today:  Neil, Charlene, Ron, Bill, Randy, Jan, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Mary, Barbara, Tom T., Nancy and Tom (14).


A town full of bikes today
Maybe some of you remember six years ago, when we ran and walked on Navarro Ridge Road on the Sunday of the California 10,000?   That was the day that these dirt bikes all went past us on their way back to Willows or wherever.  Johnny looked up the name of the ride, "California ...." and I added the 10,000, because it seemed there were that many bikes!  As it is each 4th Sunday in May, town was full of them today.  We're smarter now.


Golden Chain bloom

Coming soon!



Just waiting for us!
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 29TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, see "Our Routes" above.  This run/walk begins at the parking lot nearest Glass Beach.


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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


A bit of history, today we met at "The Scales", on Road 500.  They aren't there any longer but there used to be truck scales that weighed all the logging trucks coming out of Caspar Creek watershed.  Now, it's just a great wide spot for parking and meeting.


J. Loomis photo
It was a good morning, just right for running and walking, overcast skies, calm and 54 degrees.  I was happy to be back after missing several weeks because I was on "light duty".

J. Loomis photo

We had two guests today and  they set a new Fog Dodger record, for being from the furthest away of any guests.    Thanks Shari and Peter, for bringing along Matsumoto & Kobayashi, both here all the way from Japan.

J. Loomis photo
Others that were present today:  Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Tom T., Neil, Gay, Mark, Cyd (sort of), John, Cheryl, Laura, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (22).

Fourteen of us went to David's for breakfast.  The food there is always great.  My favorite waitress, Simone, is graduating on June 10 and will be moving on near the end of August.  We will miss her.

I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll have to go out there on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!

SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE (I earlier reported a much lower tide.  It will be -0.6 at 6:30 a.m., not the -1.2 I reported, still good for beach running and walking)

SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 22ND @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE

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

Sunday, May 8, 2016

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE


The last time we walked and ran the Pudding Creek Trestle was December 27th of 2015. Between the new Pomo Bluffs and Noyo Bay and Noyo Headlands Parks North and South, our old go to route has been abandoned. Today there has been a plethora of abalone divers all along the coast including Noyo Bay and Headlands parks. There were also families at the motels along the Pudding Creek Trestle route enjoying the lowest tide of the year. Pudding Creek was very low this morning too.

Today we had only eleven walkers and three runners. No one went to David's for breakfast today so we all we our separate ways either for a Mother's Day breakfast or getting ready to go up to Westporte for the rubber ducky competition.

-->John Loomis provided me with several lovely photos, two are terrific shots of the Pudding Creek Trestle Bridge and two others are colorful shots of a garden and a delightful mail box.  
As John noted, it was a perfect day for running and walking. A nice coastal Mother’s Day, to be enjoyed by all. It was a little misty, with cloud cover, but not too warm, and not too cold. Three runners made their way to Mackerricher, with Jeff in the front, and Jan following suit. I came in a 3rd place only to catch up and split ways at Mackerricher. Winding the way back along the bluffs, the low tide filled the air with scents of abalone, and iodine kelp flavors. Many abalone pickers were out in force looking for that golden ticket, the 7 inch ab clinging to the wet rocks.


Pudding Creek Trestle Bridge on a very foggy morning.


Great angle of the bridge.

Froggy needs some mail!
Add caption


NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 15TH @ 8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

Sunday, May 1, 2016

POMO BLUFFS PARK - NOYO BAY

We were last at this venue on March 20th.  Oh, how different it was today.  Last time, a heavy rain and very strong headwinds, today, sunny, calm and 53 degrees.  It was a beautiful morning!  There was a thin and very low, ocean-hugging fog that gave the feel and smell of being near the ocean.


Sunrise on Noyo Bay, John was there earlier than most, thanks  John.
Present today:  Keith, Nancy T., Roger, Cheryl N., Neil, John, Charlene, Ron, Jeff, Susan, Toni, Joe, Mary, Shari, Peter, Orah, Steve, Greg, Nancy and Tom (20).

This guy (?) was there the entire time.  The day was just that nice!
I was on light duty today.  Sure wish that I could have run.  It was nice though, to be loafing and sightseeing.  I read the interpretive signs and enjoyed the park's trails.  It is such a pretty place now, whereas in the past, it was a place the kids went mudding in their 4 X 4's.

John left early and went to Boonville and ran the Boontling Classic 5K.  He did very well and it was very hot!  Congratulations John!

I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll have to go out there on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!



SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

NEXT SUNDAY,  MAY 8TH @ 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, April 24, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


It's a nice day here on the coast.  Thank you to John L., for today's photos.  The blog would look pretty bad without all of the pictures that John shares with us.  He's got an eye that is always looking for something interesting  and I think that some of us don't share that trait.


Great blue heron, J. Loomis photo
A nice day on the coast made even nicer because we had three new people show up today.  Welcome Fred, Keith and Greg.  We hope that you found the walk or run agreeable and that you'll come back again.

Caspar
I forgot to check the temperature this morning, too excited I guess, at the prospect of new Fog Dodgers!  I think it was about 50 and sunny.  Not too windy in the forest but lots of white caps on the ocean.

John L. photo
Also present today:  Chuck, Jeff, Gay, Mark, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Mary, Bob, Cyd (running today after running the Mendo 50 yesterday!), Cheryl, John, Nancy and Tom (20).  I think I've missed somebody, I'm sorry.



Next week's run/walk is a nice one, I think.  I like the view as we cross the Noyo Bridge, even though I always feel as though I'm going to throw myself over the railing!  I don't understand that phobia thing.



Caspar, J. Loomis photo
13 of us went to David's for breakfast, where we met Jamie and Sheila.  


I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll have to go out there on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!


SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH


NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 1ST @ 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, April 17, 2016

Noyo Headlands Park - North

I
Pudding Creek Trestle, Thanks to John L. for all of today's photos
It was a great morning!  Everyone thought so.  At our 8:00 a.m. start, it was 49 degrees but without any breeze and clear sunny skies, it felt like 70!  Almost too hot for running but perfect for walking and just being out!
California Valley Quail
There were beautifully shaped waves for the surfers, lots of wildflowers and Ron was happy to see "his" cormorant colony!  He's been keeping track of this colony for many years.  I'd bet he's got names for each one of them!
Ferret, out for walk also
I tried to talk/recruit  a couple of runners into joining us but I must have come off as some weirdo, they both ignored me.  Actually, they had ear buds in and those things kind of make you oblivious to the world.
How many more years?
Present this morning:  Neil, Cindy, Jim, Martha, Bill, Fran, Charlene, Ron, Jan, John, Mary, Toni, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl, Nancy and Tom (22).

I've been asked to mention an event coming up on Saturday, June 4th, one day only.  I'll get more information on it later but I do know for sure, that the dead and beached blue whale from a couple of years ago, is now a cleaned and reassembled skeleton and will be on display out on the Noyo Headlands Park - South Trail.  I think we'll schedule our run/walk there on Sunday the 5th but to see the whale skeleton, you'll want to walk on Saturday the 4th.  This should be one impressive skeleton!

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:  (I do this to make it easier for guest bloggers and to avoid repeating the same venue too often.  If you're wondering why we don't go to a certain venue very often, it's probably because of mosquitoes, "No Dog" rules, loose rocks, mud puddles or something we all hate.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, WARD AVENUE
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH @ 8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

WARD AVENUE

All of today's photos from J. Loomis, thanks John!
As the photo above shows, it was a grey morning.  In picking the location for today, I saw that there was a -0.9 low tide right at 8:00, just right for a run or walk on the beach!  Upon arrival, the weather seemed to go right along with it being just right, 52 degrees, overcast and calm.  For a few of us though, it didn't work out as well as hoped.  It seems the winter weather has altered the beach, removing sand and creating quite a slope of loose, black sand.  I hope it was better for the walkers.

Lake Cleone
Present this morning:  Neil,  Martha, Bill, Mary, Toni, Joe, Nancy B., Rick, Deb, Sam, Ron,
Nancy T., Roger, Susan, Bruce, Joel, Jan, Cindy, Jim, Shari, Peter, John, Chandra (started from home but stopped by to say hi), Zelda, Nancy and Tom (26).


While talking this morning, I realized that I had not taken the Big River mosquitoes into account on future walks.  They're not a problem if you're running, as we do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if you are walking, they'll eat you alive!  I think therefore, that we will skip Big River on Sundays for awhile.  Also, there is some construction coming up on Big River, so I think it will be closed anyway.



SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, POMO BLUFFS- NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, see "Our Routes" above.  The parking lot near Glass Beach.

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