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, February 18, 2018

BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD

We ran and walked the Big River Logging Road today.  The weather was better than predicted, though we did get a little light rain during the second half.  At our beginning, it was 46 degrees and just a slight breeze.

Mendocino Bay, J. Loomis photo

Thanks to John for all of today's photos.  Besides John, allso present today:  Gay, Mark, Fran, Nancy T., Roger, Charlene, Ron, Joel, Bob, Shari, Peter, Toni, Nancy and Tom (15).



Mendocino, J. Loomis photo



Mendocino, J. Loomis photo

Sunday, Feb. 25th, 8:00 A.M. Group Run and Walk, Mendocino Headlands and town, beginning at the Heeser Dr. restrooms.
Sunday, March 4th, 8:00 A.M. Group Run and Walk, Russian Gulch State Park, beginning on Point Cabrillo Dr., 1/10th of a mile north of it's south end. (see "Our Routes" on the tabs  above.)  We haven't done this trail for a very long time.  Time to check it out again.


NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 25TH, MENDOCINO HEADLANDS AND around town.  We will start at the restrooms on Heeser Dr.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS AT 7:00 A.M.  TUESDAYS AT BIG RIVER AND THURSDAYS AROUND MENDOCINO, BEGINNING AT THE HEESER DR. RESTROOMS.





Sunday, February 11, 2018

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

We had forgotten that it was winter, until this morning.  Really not that bad, 40 degrees with a little north wind.  Things could be worse.  Jan caught the sunrise this morning, thank you for the photo.


Photo from Jan of this morning's sunrise, thank you!
Jan has heard that the City is still waiting for some fencing (3 miles worth!) before opening up the connected trails.  I guess that it will be later in March.  Until then, we will continue just getting by with what we've got.  


Thanks to John, for a few more photos.  They show that it was indeed cold and also, that Spring is just around the corner!
J. Loomis photo
Present this morning:  Zelda, Fran,  Toni, Catherine, David, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl N., Neil, Nancy T., Roger, Shari, Peter, Joel, Jan, Ron, John, Bob,  Nancy and Tom (20).

Plum blossoms, J. Loomis photo


Sunday, Feb. 18th, 8:00 A.M., Group Run and Walk, Big River
Sunday, Feb. 25th, 8:00 A.M. Group Run and Walk, Mendocino Headlands and town, beginning at the Heeser Dr. restrooms.

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 18TH, 8:00 A.M., GROUP RUN AND WALK, BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD (see "Our Routes" above).

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS AT 7:00 A.M.  TUESDAYS AT BIG RIVER AND THURSDAYS AROUND MENDOCINO, BEGINNING AT THE HEESER DR. RESTROOMS.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


Nice morning, I think about 47 degrees, clear blue skies and no wind.



Caspar horses, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Catherine, Tom T., Cheryl N., Neil, Shari, Nancy B., Rick, Charlene, Ron, Susan, Bruce, Joe, Toni, Jan, Joel, Bob, John, Nancy and Tom (19).


J. Loomis photo, Caspar Church
It was just a very nice morning, not much else I can say.  It's Super Bowl Sunday, if that means anything to you.   If you favor one of the teams, I hope your team wins or won.

Caspar barn, J. Loomis photo
The weather is forecasted to continue very pleasant for at least the next two weeks, enjoy!

Caspar llama, J. Loomis photo

I don't want to project future venues too far into the future because we're still hoping day to day, that we will get word of the two Coastal Headlands Trails connection process being completed.  Once that happens, I think we will meet out there more often.  But for now:

Sunday, Feb. 18th, 8:00 A.M., Group Run and Walk, Big River

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 11TH, 8:00 A.M., GROUP RUN AND WALK, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE (see "Our Routes" above).

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS AT 7:00 A.M.  TUESDAYS AT BIG RIVER AND THURSDAYS AROUND MENDOCINO, BEGINNING AT THE HEESER DR. RESTROOMS.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Noyo Coastal Headlands Trail- South


Nicest morning we've had in awhile, it was great to be out.  We were hoping that the two halves of the Coastal Trail would be connected for this one but they aren't.  The Fort Bragg City Planner has told me that they are hoping to open it all around mid-February, others have heard March.  It will really be nice whenever they do, and I'm sure that Joel will be relieved to not have to circle so many times.

Noyo River and harbor entrance, J. Loomis
It was 43 degrees and the sky was mostly sunny.   The ocean and was beautiful with lots of whitewater nearshore.  It seems as though it was warmer for Roger and Nancy's hike/kayak adventure:

photo from Roger, thank you!

Present today:  Gay, Mark, Cheryl N.,, Neil, Joel, Lucinda, Toni, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Nancy B., Rick, Rod, John, Nancy and Tom (16).  Nine of us enjoyed breakfast and conversation at David's Restaurant afterwards.

Noyo Mooring Basin, J. Loomis photo



NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 4TH, 8:00 A.M., GROUP RUN AND WALK, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS.

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUNS AT 7:00 A.M.  TUESDAYS AT BIG RIVER AND THURSDAYS AROUND MENDOCINO, BEGINNING AT THE HEESER DR. RESTROOMS.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Big River


Big River, J. Loomis photo



It was 44 degrees and breezy at our 8:00 a.m. start.  We
succeeded though, in keeping everyone from jumping 
the gun, which is what often happens when the conditions
are such.
We returned  to Big River today.  We had stopped running and hiking there last August, due to mosquitoes and pending road construction.  State Parks installed a really nice bridge where there was formerly a culvert.  There was a threat of a "blowout" of that culvert in a heavy storm and by removing it and all of the soil above it, they could restore the creek and create salmon spawning habitat.  At least that it what I was told and it makes sense.



     


Big River also, thank you, John.





Sunday, Jan. 28th, Noyo Headlands Park - South, across from Taco Bell.  It said in the Advocate News that the two halves of the Coastal Trail are now connected and to open in January.  I checked this week with the City Planner and was told that they are hoping for "mid February", so maybe in three weeks or so.




Present today:  Gay, Mark, Shari, Peter, Tom T., Joe, Nancy T., Roger, Nancy B., Rick, Geri, Cheryl N., Neil, Liz, Bob, Jan, Ron, John, Nancy and 
Tom (20).




NEXT SUNDAY, JAN. 28th  @ 8:00 A.M.: GROUP RUN AND WALK, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH.  (see "Our Routes" above).


EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.:   Tuesdays at BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD  and Thursdays around MENDOCINO, beginning at the restrooms on Heeser Dr.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

UPPER RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK

J. Loomis photo

Today's run/walk was an experiment.   I always welcome suggestions for new venues and today's was a request.  I think it will work out great in the future, with a better job by me in describing the venue.  I apologize for not describing the routes with more detail.  Today's, was either uphill or downhill, but rarely flat.  That doesn't work well for some and is perfect for others.

Russian Gulch waterfall, J. Loomis photo

Thanks, Zelda, for this photo

It was 53 degrees at our start, a perfect morning!  Present today: Zelda, thanks for bringing back, Lala, Karl and Andreis, Charlene, Catherine, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl N., Neil, Shari, Peter, Toni, Joe, 
Geri, Nancy T., Roger, Joel, Bob, Nicole, Cheryl, Rod, Jan, John, Nancy and Tom (26).

Next week, we will go back to Big River.  We haven't gone there since being chased out by the mosquitoes last summer.  It will be fine now and you will get to see the new bridge, which is now completed.    On the following week, we will again run and walk the Noyo Headlands Park - South.  It should now be connected to the North trail, which will make it a great venue for all, whether you go short or long.

Sunday, Jan. 21st, Big River, the Big River Road is again open and for the time being, mosquito free.

Sunday, Jan. 28th, Noyo Headlands Park - South, across from Taco Bell.  It said in the Advocate News that the two halves of the Coastal Trail are now connected and to open in January, we will see.


NEXT SUNDAY, JAN. 21st  @ 8:00 A.M.: GROUP RUN AND WALK, BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.



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

Sunday, January 7, 2018

POMO BLUFFS - HARE CREEK - NOYO BAY

It was a beautiful morning but cold.  It was 40 degrees at start time and whichever way we chose to go, there would be a little breeze of about 5 mph into our faces.  It makes for watery eyes and drippy noses but it's all good!

thanks, Nancy, for a photo of today's venue
Photos are all "clickable", bringing up a much larger image

Tomorrow it's going to rain.  The breeze has already swung around to be SSE, so as we ran, it was hard not to notice the smell of pancakes and bacon that must have come from David's.  On cold mornings, it just kind of hangs in the air.

I'm not sure if that had any effect upon Joe, he had made a resolution to eat healthy in 2018.  When we went to David's for breakfast, he ordered this special................

Way to go Joe! (if you have trouble seeing, that is vanilla atop blueberry)
We had a small group today:  Joe, Toni, Geri, Nancy T., Roger, Shari, Cheryl N., Neil, Charlene, Ron, Jan, Nancy and Tom (13).

Raven, J. Loomis photo

sunny bench, Pomo Bluffs Park, J. Loomis photo





Sunday, Jan. 14th Upper Russian Gulch State Park, beginning on Road 409, 3.2 miles east of Hwy One.  It is right where the paved road ends and there is a sign that says, "Horse Camp".  Sections of the trail may be muddy.  Also, you'll need to use your watch to know when to turn around.  Runners may do a loop course but hikers probably an out and back route.

Sunday, Jan. 22nd, Big River, the Big River Road is again open and for the time being, mosquito free.

Sunday, Jan. 29th, Noyo Headlands Park - South, across from Taco Bell.  It said in the Advocate News that the two halves of the Coastal Trail are now connected and to open in January, we will see!

NEXT SUNDAY, JAN. 14TH, 8:00 A.M., GROUP RUN AND HIKE,  Upper Russian Gulch (described just above).  This is a beautiful trail leading to the Russian Gulch Waterfall.  Maybe this week's rain will bring the waterfall flow up.  The rain may also have left sections of the trail muddy, so be prepared for that.

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