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 26, 2016

Noyo Headlands Park North

 Well, today we truly were the Fog Dodgers. It actually was very pleasant to have that light, Fort Bragg fog, after all the recent spectacular weather.  But, with no wind and a pleasant 52 degrees, it made for a great walk/run. John took this foggy picture of the Noyo Bridge this morning.  Next to it is how it looked yesterday!

Noyo Bridge in his morning's fog
Noyo Bridge yesterday
As Tom’s away and I’m writing the blog, you’ll be surprised to see a list of names for the 13 people that came this morning, but I had a special request from Zelda!  You’ll not be surprised however, if I missed someone, so apologies if I did miss  you.

The new Noyo Headlands trails continue to provide wonderful walks and spectacular views of our coastline.  Even today, in the mist, it looked beautiful, but in the morning sun, just can’t be beaten.
 
Noyo Headlands North trail
In attendance this morning were Neil, Rick, Nancy B, Roger, Nancy T, Toni, Joe, Joel, John, Susan, Bruce, Fran, and of course Zelda. Our group was fortunate to include Joe, the artist, as he was able to explain the significance of the unusual design of the bench dedicated to Jere Mello.

Unfortunately, I can’t find anything funny to report today, probably as I was having trouble waking up this morning, so here’s a joke instead.  What did the fog say to the fog dodgers, having been away for a while?  – I mist you.

Quickly moving on, I took a photo this morning of Toni, Nancy B and Joe walking off into the mist – sort of capturing this morning’s very pleasant walk.
Just a reminder that next Saturday is the world’s largest Salmon Barbecue.  It’s always a wonderful event, so hope to see you there.

The World's Largest Salmon Barbecue

Have a good week and see you all next Sunday at Ward Avenue.

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 3RD @ 8:00 A.M.: Ward Avenue

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day, Caspar Logging Road

Flowers for dad, J. Loomis photo
Happy Father's Day to all the dads.  It was a beautiful, 53 degree, clear blue sky morning when we took off at 8:00 this morning.  We ran and walked Jackson State Forest Road 500, starting at "The Scales" or the junction with Road 600.

Caspar Mill Site, J. Loomis photo
After a very long and steady uphill run, we coasted back downhill at a pretty good clip.  Successfully navigating past all of the rocks that want to trip you, we all declared it to be a good run.  Joel, faster than the rest of us, ran way out in front (mountain lion decoy!).

J. Loomis photo, duck in flight
Present today:  Fran, Tom T., Joel, Nancy T., Roger, Bill, Jordan, Jan, John, Neil, Toni, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (16).

Caspar Orchard Road, J. Loomis photo
Next week, we again get to check out half of our newest Coastal Trail.  It is friendly for all, walkers, runners, dogs and bikes.  Parking lot is at the west end of Elm Street.  From the start, you can go either north towards MacKerricher or south towards Noyo.  It is very nice!


SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH ( Glass Beach Parking Lot), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH @ 8:00 A.M.: 
NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, (Starting at the parking lot near Glass Beach.)

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

It's better known as MacKerricher Haul Road but at the Pudding Creek Trestle, is where we start.

J. Loomis photo


It was really nice out this morning, 56 degrees, full sun and a light breeze.  The ocean and the waves were beautiful!  There was a thin marine haze in the air and we had lots of happy people!
Ron, with his keen eye for nature, had close sightings of a river otter and a weasel.


J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Greg (Chico), Deb, Sam, Fran, Charlene, Ron, Joel, Zelda, Jan, Shari, Peter, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (18).  Well, maybe not "lots" of happy people but we did have a very nice group and we were happy!

I think 14 of us had breakfast at David's and as always, it was very good.

Next week's run/walk is still my favorite venue.  I like it because of the different options you have when beginning, either up, or down, or trail or road.  You do have to be careful though because of the loose rock on the road.  I can't afford to fall down again, too well known now at the hospital!  Next week is also good for walking your dog or riding your bike.

We're avoiding Big River lately because of the mosquitoes.  Too bad, because it works well for most of us.  Also avoiding Russian Gulch and Van Damme due to trail conditions, summer crowds, and dogs are not allowed.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH ( Glass Beach Parking Lot), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, WARD AVENUE, (to avoid the weekend "crowds"), see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (across from Taco Bell) see "Our Routes".

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

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

Sunday, June 5, 2016

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH


It was a little confusing this morning regarding where to run.  We now have several different venues with "Noyo" in their name.  Next year, a couple of them will be joined together and that will simplify matters.  Until then, well, we  (I) will try to be very specific as to where we are meeting.   I think that everybody did find us today, it was just a small attendance day.

J. Loomis photo, this morning's coastal fog

Maybe it was the weather that kept some home.  It wasn't a pretty day.   A thick ground fog reduced visibility to about a half mile or less but a calm, 51 degrees, made perfect running and walking weather.

J. Loomis photo, (pink poppy in the center)


Those present today:  Mary, Joe, Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Susan, John, Nancy and Tom (9).  Seven of us had breakfast at David's, where we said goodbye to Mary, hopefully for just a couple of years.



J. Loomis photo, blooming Corpse Flower



J. Loomis photo, we left nobody behind

SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 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, May 29, 2016

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH

Memorial Day weekend, 2016

A beautiful morning!  54 degrees, full sunshine and just a slight breeze.  Thank you, Charlene and Ron, for bringing family and friends, five of them!  There was Charlene's grand-son, Brett, his wife (and I'm sorry for forgetting her name), and two children, Mia and Gavin, nice family!  They also brought a friend, Rosina.

Whale sculpture


Also present today:  Jan, Cheryl N., Neil, Nancy B., Rick, Joe, Martha, Bill, Jordan, Deb, Sam, Mary, Katie (coincidentally or just late?), John, Nancy and Tom (23).

Purple poppies

Pink rose
Thanks to John, for today's photos. 

Ten of us went to breakfast at David's, where we also saw Susan and Bruce.

Next week's run/walk will take us to the south half of the new Coastal Trail.  Today, we were on the north half.  It is going to be so nice, when the two halves are connected.  I think that will give us several options when using this venue and certainly make it easier to choose a meeting place that can satisfy all.  In the mean time, if anyone has a special request, we will certainly consider it.  Some new venues would also be nice but there are several things to consider; parking, dog friendly, footing, distance, etc.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH
SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH,  (see "Our Routes" above)



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

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.