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, November 23, 2014

5th Annual Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin Run/Walk

"Like so many runners, if I don't run, I don't feel right.  I don't feel relaxed; I don't enjoy eating. " -- Fred Lebow

5th Annual Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin Run Walk, J. Loomis Photo
Well, that was great!  With so many of us traveling around at Thanksgiving time,  and from the four previous Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin Run/Walks turnouts, I am so pleased with the great turnout we had today.  Thank you all, I think we did a very nice little thing to help out our local Food Bank.

It was a good morning, weather-wise, for running and walking.  There were high clouds, no wind and 47 degrees, just about perfect!  Thank you Shari and Peter, for bringing K(C?)atherine and Nate.  I hope they enjoyed the morning.  Also present:  Geri, Donna, Steve, Charlene, Caroline, Richard, Bob J., Fay, John, Bob, Rod, Melissa, Janis, Nancy B., Rick, (should I count Kira, front-center in the photo?), Nancy and Tom (21!).  Previously, our best for this particular run/walk was in 2012, with 10.

J. Loomis photo

I think that 15 of us had breakfast at David's this morning.  I'm happy that Kira got into our photo.  She continues to treat us, and all customers, really well.  She has boundless energy and will move tables and chairs from one end of the restaurant to the other, to accommodate different sized groups.  The food is delicious and the staff, hard working, polite and efficient.   She has established a large, local and repeating customer base.  I really do feel that it's time for her to change the restaurant's name to Kira's, in order to receive the recognition she deserves. 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS POTLUCK BREAKFAST AND COOKIE EXCHANGE, Dec. 14th, after the run/walk, at Nancy and Tom's house.

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH @ 8:00 A.M.: CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Van Damme State Park's Fern Canyon



"Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running."-- Sarah Condor 

Van Damme State Park, J. Loomis

J. Loomis



At 8:00 this morning at Van Damme, it was 49 degrees with a thin layer of high clouds and it was calm.  There was a large number of happy, talkative people in the beach parking lot.  Lots of tent campers this morning and many people up early, that's different.



Van Damme, J. Loomis
Van Damme State Park, J. Loomis
John couldn't make it this morning.  Get this, he was out of town celebrating a reunion of his 8th Grade class.  He was very thoughtful though, to go out on Thursday and get some pictures for the blog.   Thank you very much John.
Van Damme State Park, J. Loomis
Present  today:  Neil, Bob J., Barbara, Fran, Melissa, Nichole, Katie, Bob, Maribeth, Rod, Shari, Peter, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Nancy and Tom (20).

REMEMBER, POT LUCK BREAKFAST AND COOKIE EXCHANGE, 12/14 AT RILEY'S HOUSE.

Next Sunday, we will do have our Fifth Annual Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin Run/Walk.  Meet in front of Harvest Market and be ready to go at 8:00.   You buy an item of food for the Food Bank and drop it in the bin there and then head to Safeway, buy another food item and drop it in their bin, then head to Purity if you're a runner or back to Harvest if you're walking.  You finish up by buying one last item at Harvest Market and putting it into their Food Bank bin.   These food items needn't cost much, just whatever you'd like to donate to the Food Bank.  Save your receipts, they are deductible on tax day.  No matter what the weather is like, running or walking across the Noyo Bridge early in the morning is really beautiful.  Total time usually 50-60 minutes.

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.:  Fifth Annual Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin Run/Walk, read the above paragraph.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MacKerricher Haul Road

"I run, therefore I am.  And given the years improved fitness adds to our lives, if I did not run, maybe I would no longer be." -- Hal Higdon

J. Loomis photo, Pudding Creek

Thanks to John for this morning's photos.  He was out photographing before we arrived and then went off to run in today's race at 9:00, he's a busy person!

It was one of those very grey mornings, 54 degrees, thick and low overcast and just a slight breeze.  We ran and walked from the Pudding Creek Trestle, with some going north and some going south.  Nancy and I went south to check out the new coastal trail behind the old mill site.  It is going to be a beautiful trail when finished!

J. Loomis phot
With us this morning:  Gay, Mark, Joe, Geri, Fran, John, Nancy T., Roger,  Kathy, Steve D., Charlene,
Nancy and Tom (13).

J. Loomis 
Nancy and Roger recently returned from a lengthy trip to China.  They took many photos along the way and have invited us all to view them.  I would encourage viewing the photos, and the web site, they are truly amazing and wonderful!  www.thornburns.com/china

J. Loomis photo, Tree Dahlia
State Parks has been working on the Fern Canyon Trail at Van Damme recently.  I think it would be nice to give it a try next week.  Hopefully, any of the predicted Wednesday rain won't be enough to muddy up the recently reworked areas.

Please try to save Sunday, Dec. 14th.   After our run/walk, we will have a Potluck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  There is always a good turnout and lots of delicious food and good conversation.  You can bring anything you'd like, including a plate of cookies, if you would like to participate in the Cookie Exchange.  It will be at Tom and Nancy's house.

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 16TH @ 8:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Big River Logging Road

"Even when I'm running I smile, because I know that I don't have to."-- John Bingham, "Who Needs A Reason", Runner's World.

J. Loomis photo.  He turned it into a pie.
 It was a little brighter this morning, since we all moved our clocks back last night.  It was a little chilly though, 46, with a stiff breeze.  One of those mornings when everyone starts moving out a little before 8:00.
J. Loomis photo, Chinese Temple
Thank you Maribeth, for bringing your son along.  Macky just recently moved here from the Phillipines.  Also present today:  Rod, Bob J., Geri, Linda, Tom T., Fay, Gay, Mark, Fran, Charlene, Suzanne, Henry, Mike, Toni, Joe, Nancy T., Roger, John, Bob, Zelda, Nancy and Tom (24 and I feel that I've missed somebody).   Blair, if you read this, please do come and check out our group!

J. Loomis, Mendocino water tower

On the lower part of the Big River Road, we couldn't see much evidence of the work that they had been doing recently.  Some of the construction waste soil has been used to fill in the rock quarry/frog pond and I'll be sorry to see that go.

J. Loomis, Mendocino water tower
 For next week, we will go back to the Pudding Creek Trestle to begin, just because we haven't been there for quite awhile.

J. Loomis, Big River rowers
Please try to save Sunday, Dec. 14th.   After our run/walk, we will have a Potluck Breakfast and Cookie Exchange.  There is always a good turnout and lots of delicious food and good conversation.  You can bring anything you'd like, including a plate of cookies, if you would like to participate in the Cookie Exchange.  It will be at Tom and Nancy's house.

NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 9TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ward Avenue

"Act like a horse. Be dumb.  Just run." --  Jumbo Elliot

It was a very pretty morning.  Driving over the bridge, there was a beautiful rainbow due west, very stormy looking ocean and a heavy shower offshore.  Didn't know for sure which way the shower was headed, hopefully not our way.  By the time we got to Ward Avenue, the shower had gone south of us, it was a nice 49 degrees with just a light breeze.

J. Loomis

John was out early and got a couple of beautiful pictures, accurately depicting  the morning.  Thank you  John!

J. Loomis photo
It was nice to have Janis return.  She last ran with us maybe a year ago.  Thanks too, Melissa, for bringing your daughter, Sonia.  My, how fast they grow up!  Also present this morning: Nancy T., Roger, John, Toni, Joe, Geri, Nichole, Katie, Donna, Greg, Gay, Mark, Nancy and Tom (17).  Some cars arrived with just 10 seconds to go so if I missed someone, that's my alibi.  If I missed you and you were plenty early, my humblest apology.

Along the beach, below the last high tide line, were thousands of jellyfish or sea jellies.  Not the small "Purple Sailors" which are common but the larger kind that we normally associate with the term.  I guess the stormy weather and ocean weren't going the right direction for them.  The ever present sand dollars were along the high tide line before the most recent.  Confused?

The ocean, the clouds and the rising sun, were all beautiful.   There were six lines of surf breaking.  The rising sun really lit up the surf and foam.  The hills had dark shadows and our shadows, going out into the water, made us look about a hundred feet tall.


NEXT SUNDAY,  NOV. 2ND @ 8:00 A.M. STD. TIME:  BIG RIVER, see "Our Routes" above.  Also, remember your mosquito repellant if it is a 50 degree or so morning.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Caspar Logging Roads

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance, run, yours is the earth and everything that's in it, and -- which is more --you'll be a man, my son." 
                                                                                           Rudyard Kipling



We walked and ran this morning on the Caspar Logging Roads.  John's pictures, though not on the Logging Roads, were all taken nearby.   Thank you, John!


I've been off for the past 5 weeks and in those 5 weeks, I seem to have forgotten how to do most everything I used to master easily.  Trouble opening and closing programs, using the tv remote, turning off my alarm clock, and I forgot to check the temperature upon arriving at our meeting place.  I think it was about 62 degrees and the air was thick and warm, much like Iowa a couple of weeks back.



It was nice to have a good turnout:  Sarah, Michael, Cheryl N., Neil, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Cheryl, John, Bob, Laura, Melissa, Nichole, Katie, Zelda, Fay, Charlene, Cindy, Jim, Geri, Toni, Joe, Shari, Peter, Nancy and Tom (27).


Those of us that started out this morning on the downhill road (600) found a lot of loose rock on the surface from the recent culvert replacement work.  Hopefully, a little rain and some traffic will pack it down.  I'm not sure how the uphill road (500) was but this remains a good venue because of the options it offers.

Next week's run/walk location also offers many options.  It is a beautiful walk or run along the beach or the logging road.  There's Laguna Point and Ten Mile Dunes, your choice, it's all very pretty!  The tide will be about 2.5 feet, which leaves enough firm sand exposed, for those that choose to beach run or walk.


NEXT SUNDAY, OCT. 26TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.

EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.

EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Van Damme State Park

                                               Van Damme's Finest Hour

                                      "Walking is fun, running is more fun" BC

Although I wasn't there let me deduce with some certainty it is unlikely there could be a better morning for absorbing sunlight and breathing cool clean air while walking the trail in fern Canyon.


Our "leader of the band" Nancy B. was walking to the beat of a distant drum in a far away land with guitar Rick and couldn't attend. Tom and Nancy, after combing much of the western United States from Yellow Stone to the four Corners region, are now in New Mexico and will soon be galloping from Gallup to return home and take back the helm of the Fog Dodgers. Perhaps next year they will travel even further south into the depths of the Copper Canyon to drink corn beer and run free with the Tarahumara. No doubt with them will be Mendocino's very own Caballo Blanco Rod J. Tom and Nancy we wish you a safe return home.


All of the details and photographs from today's outing were provided courtesy of Fog Dodger stalwart and much talented John Loomis. John reports the Seagulls were out flapping their morning wings and drenching themselves in the nearby stream. A wafting blue Heron and a white Egret nestling in the branches of a bay side tree. And Steve and Ora held an open house showing off their nice new camping van.


Fortunately there was no mention of encounters with bees or wasps. Not long ago on a return run in Van Damme I was the recipient of an unprovoked strafing by a squadron of angry bees in a tight flying formation with only one mission in mind. Their stinging stabs propelled me to run faster. For a brief moment in a burst of get away speed I was moving as fast as the all time great Johnny Rocket. We miss you Johnny....really we do, and Bill H. and Al and Penny too.

Present were Cheryl, Laura, Gerri, Ora, Steve, Michael, Sarah, Fran, and John.

Looking forward to seeing you all and even more next week. Let's have a big turn out to welcome back Tom and Nancy.

NEXT SUNDAY, October 19,2004 @ 8:00 A.M.: Caspar Logging Road
EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK, beginning on Point Cabrillo Drive, 1/10 of a mile north of its south end.
EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, beginning at the beach.