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, August 20, 2017

Noyo Headlands North (Glass Beach)

This week was Noyo Headlands North (Glass Beach).  Breezy & a little hazy this morning - just a little damp.  Temperature was quite comfortable - once you got moving.  A large group of walkers and just 3 runners.  I am, once again, "attempting" the Blog.  Still new to me, so thank you for your patience. Thank you to Roger & Nancy for email assistance.


                                                                   Glass Beach - Always a nice place to visit.




Gay, Maddelyn (visiting from Montana - her and her parents used to be part of the Fog Dodgers before moving), Jan, Bob, Roger, Nancy T, Nancy B, Rick, with his sister from Texas - Merry, Donna and her Niece Kayleigh (whose staying here for 4 months - so hopefully we'll see more of her), Cheryl and Neil. (13)                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              High Surf at the North Trail



  Otsuchi Point




                                                And the yummiest photo of all - berries from John Loomis' garden - thank you John!

Last I overheard, the count was 9 were going to breakfast at David's Deli this morning.


Next Week:  Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, September 3rd, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, September 10th, Pudding Creek Trestle

See "Our Routes" above for descriptions.


Next week, August 27 -Van Damme State Park @ 8:00 A.M.: See "Our Routes" for directions.
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: Russian Gulch until
August 29.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LAKE CLEONE



When Nancy and I arrived at lake Cleone the carpark was empty.  Had we misread this weeks meeting place?  So we drove past the car park and I took this picture of lake Cleone.  What a beautiful morning. Then John came along quietly and took a photo of me "Caught in the Act"!


In spite of the warm sun and blue ocean, we didn't have a lot of folks with us this morning. However, what was great, was to have Neil back walking with the Fog Dodgers, now that he's well down the road of recovery after his recent, serious illness (see Neil's blog here ) .

So today's walkers/runners were John, Joel, Fran, Pat & Leon, Neil & Cheryl, Roger & Nancy along with our grandson Logan, who's mother sent him to us for 2 weeks of excitement in Fort Bragg!  Here's a photo of Neil and my grandson Logan, and behind them you can see the always inspiring blue Pacific Ocean.  Not being interested in listening to Neil and I yakking on, Logan with his eagle eye saw a whale spout, and we stopped and saw quite a few spouts very close to the shore.

Pat and Leon had their last Fog Dodgers walk before heading home week - so bon voyage, and see you both next year. 

Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, September 3rd, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, September 10th, Pudding Creek Trestle

See "Our Routes" above for descriptions.


NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

Caspar Creek and Beach
It was a good morning for running or walking, 57 degrees, overcast and calm.  The last time we met here, I mentioned how bad the loose rock was on Road 500, the one starting out uphill.  I said that on our next visit here, we would start out on Road 600, the one going downhill.  Well, we did so but unfortunately, I think it was worse.  So, next time (Sept. 3rd), I don't know what we will do.  Maybe some of the loose rock will have been kicked off of the roadway, hope so.

Caspar headlands and Pt. Cabrillo lighthouse


Today, we had:  Pat, Fran, Joel, Nancy B., Rick, Charlene, Ron, Nancy T., Roger, Toni (for breakfast), Joe, Deb, Sam, Susan, Bruce, John, Nancy and Tom (18).



Caspar pond

Sunday, August 13th, Lake Cleone (starting from the parking lot)
Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, September 3rd, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, September 10th, Pudding Creek Trestle
See "Our Routes" above for descriptions.



NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 13th, Lake Cleone (starting at the lake parking lot)

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD on Tuesdays and VAN DAMME STATE PARK on Thursdays.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY

I was hoping for a pretty morning, didn't happen.  But, it was good for running and walking, overcast and cool.  Charlene and Ron brought a friend from Chico, Eric, and he enjoyed the fog.  Eric says the valley heat has been relentless.  We can be happy with the weather that we have here on the coast.

Noyo River harbor, J. Loomis photo
One of John's many talents is his gardening.  Thanks John, for today's photos, two of which show the product of his garden.

John's garden breakfast

almost there!
Others present today: Jan, John, Nancy B., Rick, Toni (for breakfast), Joe, Sara (h?), Nancy and Tom(12).

Ron has heard from State Parks, that their Big River maintenance project (bridge contruction ?) is to begin on Aug. 1st.  We may lose that venue for our Tuesday runs.  During the summer months, we've decided that the mosquitoes are too fierce for the Sunday hikes, so it won't be missed.


Sunday, August 6th, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, August 13th, Lake Cleone (starting from the parking lot)
Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, September 3rd, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, September 10th, Pudding Creek Trestle
See "Our Routes" above for descriptions.

NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 6TH  @ 8:00 A.M.  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD ON TUESDAY AND AND VAN DAMME STATE PARK ON THURSDAY.  (the Tuesday run may get relocated when State Parks begins their road repairss)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

WARD AVENUE

It was "warm" and sunny this morning at MacKerricher State Park.  At our start, it was 57 degrees and just a slight breeze.

Thanks to John L. for all of today's pictures
Here's a goose family at Pudding Creek
Like many, I use the excuse, 'I have trouble remembering names'.  I know, it's not right and I should use associations or something and make a better effort.  This morning, I really had trouble and I'm sorry.  I hope that I have everybody here.  I am happy that we had four new people join with us this morning: Steve (Thanks, Zelda), Alta and Jerry (thanks, Nina) and Cindy.  Also, returning after a 12 year absence was Patty.  I hope that all of you return.


Others present today:  Those mentioned above that brought new guests, Joe, Joel, Jan, Nancy B., Rick, Ron, John, Nancy and Tom (16).









Upcoming venues:  
Sunday, July 30th, Pomo Bluffs-Noyo Bay
Sunday, August 6th, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, August 13th, Lake Cleone (starting from the parking lot)
Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park

See "Our Routes" above for descriptions.








On this morning's run, Ron pointed out that there weren't any young of the year gulls, only older ones.  That's not good.  He also found plastic litter.  That is common but also not good.  John came prepared to gather whole sand dollars but only found two.  Usually there are many.  That's one of the things that make our morning run/walks interesting, always something new!

I like next Sunday's run/walk for the views, from the Noyo Bridge and from Todd's Point and Soldier Point.  Hopefully, the weather will be nice.


NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 30TH  @ 8:00 A.M.:  POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY (see "Our Routes" above).

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

EVERY THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A. M., VAN DAMME

Sunday, July 16, 2017

VAM DAMME STATE PARK'S FERN CANYON


A beautiful morning at Van Damme.  It was sunny, calm and 57 degrees.  Roger got everyone going two minutes early, but I walked slowly, keeping my eye on the parking lot for late (on time) arrivals, and I don't think we left anyone behind.

Little River Cove, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Shari, Peter, Orah, Steve, Nancy B., Rick, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Jan, John, Nancy T., Roger, Bob, Fran, Nancy and Tom (17).

Spring Ranch barn, J. Loomis
As I said in last week's blog, this trail has tripping hazards ....  
We had one trip but only minor scrapes and blood.   A park employee told John recently, that they were going to pave this trail after the nesting season for some bird.  If that happens, along with bridge repairs, it will be a much nicer trail.


Mendocino morning, J. Loomis
After our run/walk, eleven of us enjoyed a champagne breakfast at the Little River Inn.

Spring Ranch hawk, J. Loomis
Next Sunday, there is a good low tide two hours before our run/walk.  I don't know how to compute the tides between their lows and highs but I think it will still be nice for beach running//walking at 8:00 a.m.  The tide will be coming in so don't get your shoes wet!

Sunday, July 23rd, Ward Ave. (-1.4 tide at 6:00 a.m)
Sunday, July 30th, Pomo Bluffs-Noyo Bay
Sunday, August 6th, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, August 13th, Lake Cleone (starting from the parking lot)
Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 23RD @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVE. (-1.4 tide at 6:00 a.m.)

EVERY TUESDAY,  GROUP RUN @ BIG RIVER, 7:00 A.M.

EVERY THURSDAY, GROOUP RUN AT VAN DAMME, 7:00 A.M. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE



All photos by John L., thank you!

It was foggy and 53 degrees, no wind, when we met at the Pudding Creek Trestle this morning.  The nearby cypress grove picture from John shows the conditions well.




Pudding Creek trestle and geese






It was nice that Fran brought her son, Steve, to run and Zelda brought her friend, Kim.  It's rewarding, that when Fog Dodgers have family and friends come for a visit, they bring them out for our Sunday  run/walks.  It's always nice to have someone new to meet.

Also present today:  Charlene, Ron, Shari, Peter, Joel, Nancy B.,  Joe, Nancy T., Roger, John, Sara, Nancy and Tom (17).








Pudding Creek dam/gate





We haven't been going to Van Damme State Park or Russian Gulch much lately, so this past week, we checked out both locations to see if the trails were suitable for walking and running.  Russian Gulch trail is very narrow due to nettles and poison oak along the sides.  Van Damme's Fern Canyon has tripping hazards but is usable.  I'll try to include it in the
rotation again.  Big River is going to be closed for bridge construction and has that mosquito problem for the walkers.




Handsome bucks!



Garden flowers, J. Loomis photo


Upcoming run/walks:
Sunday, July 16th, Van Damme State Park
Sunday, July 23rd, Ward Ave. (-1.4 tide at 6:00 a.m)
Sunday, July 30th, Pomo Bluffs-Noyo Bay
Sunday, August 6th, Caspar Logging Roads
Sunday, August 13th, Lake Cleone (starting from the parking lot)
Sunday, August 20th, Noyo Headlands Trail-North (parking lot by Glass Beach)
Sunday, August 27th, Van Damme State Park


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


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