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, September 25, 2016

POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY


It was a gorgeous morning!  John's photo below shows what it was like at our 8:00 start, 56 degrees, sunny and calm.  As I write this, it is 84 degrees and climbing, not our average day.


J. Loomis photo, our starting point and the conditions

Mary was back from Wisconsin, just passing thru on her way south.  Also present:  Jeff, Laura, Jan, Fran, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Charlene, John, Cheryl, Zelda, Greg, Gay, Mark, Nancy and Tom (20).

J. Loomis photo, Noyo Bay
It's really nice, to run across the Noyo Bridge and out and around on our new Coastal Trails.  When the north and south halves finally get connected, it will be a great resource for our community.  It already is!

J. Loomis photo, waiting for a gopher?
I've been told that the Fern Canyon Trail at Van Damme has been cleared of fallen trees and is in pretty good shape.  So, I reinserted it into our venues and we'll check it out in two weeks.  If you're walking with a four legged friend, you can still do this walk, just take the road to the upper meadow campground instead of going up the creek.  While in this area, many like the Champagne Brunch at the Little River Inn after their run/walk.

SUNDAY, 10/2 NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, 10/9, VAN DAMME STATE PARK
SUNDAY, 10/16, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, 10/23, NAVARRO RIDGE ROAD 
SUNDAY, 10/30, BIG RIVER
SUNDAY, 11/6, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, 11/13, BIG RIVER
SUNDAY, 11/20, 7th Annual Bin-2-Bin-2-Bin (local fun/charity run/walk)

NEXT SUNDAY,  10/2,  @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.  In a couple of weeks, we'll have to walk for a few minutes awaiting daylight.  The clocks won't change until November 6th.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

WARD AVENUE


J. Loomis photo, Harvest time
It was just a great morning!  I think it was about 53 degrees and there was only the slightest of a breeze, with cloudless, sunny skies.  Perhaps it became a little too warm for running but for walking, it was perfect!

J. Loomis photo, Grey Whale skeleton

Present today:  Toni, Joe, Geri, Nancy T., Roger, Susan, Bruce, Jan, John, Neil, Fran, Nancy and Tom (13).

J. Loomis photo

Upcoming venues:
SUNDAY, 9/25, POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY
SUNDAY, 10/2 NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, 10/9, VAN DAMME STATE PARK
SUNDAY, 10/16, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS
SUNDAY, 10/23, PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE
SUNDAY, 10/30, BIG RIVER
SUNDAY, 11/6, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH
SUNDAY, 11/13, BIG RIVER
SUNDAY, 11/20, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS


Remember when?
Geese over Lake Cleone, J. Loomis photo

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY,  see "Our Routes" above.  This one starts out at the south point of Noyo Bay (west of MacDonald's).  We'll go across the bridge and out to Soldier Point or Fort Bragg Landing or whatever you want to call it.  Great views!


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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

Welcome Beth!  Thanks, Jan, for recruiting another runner!  Hopefully Beth's run was enjoyable and she will return to run with us regularly.

Caspar Creek Heron, J. Loomis photo
We ran and walked the Caspar Logging Roads today.  It was 49 degrees with just a thin overcast and the sun was trying to break through.  Conditions were just right for a little exercise.

I think these are in John's garden, J. Loomis photo
Also present today:  Gaye, Mark, Greg, Fran, Charlene, Laura, Cheryl, Toni, Susan, Bruce, Geri, Nancy B., Nancy T., Roger, Pat, Leon, Jeff, John, Nancy and Tom (22).

J. Loomis photo, again, from his garden
Road 500, which is the road most of us used today, has a lot of loose rock and also a lot of large embedded rocks, all perfect for tripping up runners.  I don't know what to do about it, we'll just have to be super careful not to fall victim.  This, I think, is still perhaps our best venue, since it works for everyone and other than the tripping hazards, is in good condition year round.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18TH, WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.  A nice (0.5 at 6:30 a.m.) low tide if you like walking or running the beach.

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

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH

It was a really nice morning for a walk or a run.  When we met at 8:00, it was 53 degrees, sunny with a little haze and with a breeze of about 5 mph from the north.


Noyo Jetty, J. Loomis photo
The water was pretty choppy but quite a few boats were out, perhaps because there are some salmon being caught or maybe just because it's like the last weekend of another summer.

Purple dahlia, J. Loomis photo
Tom and Nancy brought their daughter, Shannon, and grand-daughter, Aliya.  Rick brought his son, Sam.  Now I get confused, as some arrived late and some arrived early.  To the best of my recollection, present today were:  Deb, Sam, Susan, Bruce, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Zelda, Jan, Cheryl N., Neil, Jeff, Bob, Geri, Bill, Charlene and Ron (23).

Pumpkin patch, J. Loomis photo
Thanks to John, for today's photos.  I think the flowers, fruit and the green pumpkin  are from his yard.

Pear and huckleberry, J. Loomis photo

NEXT SUNDAY,  SEPT. 11TH, 8:00 a.m., CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.  These roads and trails are good for everyone, walkers, runners and bikers.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18TH, WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.  A nice (0.5 at 6:30 a.m.) low tide if you like walking or running the beach.

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Noyo Headland Park - North



Well, Rick and I failed to closely check the hike location for today and ended up waiting at Noyo Headlands Park - South. It didn't take too long to figure out we were at the wrong place and drove further north to the right location. I ran ahead to catch up with our group. We missed Roger, Nancy and Abby today.

It was a foggy morning, which is usual during this time of year. I didn't get the complete list of runners and walkers this morning but I did get a count of eleven walkers and two runners.

Photo provided by J. Loomis
Seven of us enjoyed breakfast at David's. The conversation at breakfast included mushrooms coming up a bit early, and the new Immediate Care Facility, located in the North Coast Family Health Center, that Suzanne Hewitt is managing. Rick had very happy experience with her the other day and Henry is happy that Suzanne doesn't have to commute to Ukiah any more!







Photo provided by J. Loomis

The sun didn't come out at all, but the wind was down and some of us walked all across the Trestle Bridge and then returned.  Missed Tom and Nancy. Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday!


Photo provided by J. Loomis
Photo provided by J. Loomis

NEXT SUNDAY, SEPT. 4TH  @ 8:00 A.M.:  NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH,  parking lot west of Taco Bell.  See "Our Routes" above.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 11TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18TH, WARD AVENUE, see "Our Routes" above.  A nice (0.5 at 6:30 a.m.) low tide if you like walking or running the beach.


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








Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 28th Location

Forgot to mention the next locations.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH, parking lot near Glass Beach.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH, parking lot west of Taco Bell.
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Abby's farewell

It was a sad morning.  Instead of bringing Abby to the highlight of her week, a walk with her favorite group of people, we had to put her to rest.

Earlier this week we think she had a minor stroke.  During the week she found it progressively more difficult to get her body to do what her mind wanted.

The cute look
Her favorite place - on the beach
I know Abby would like to thank all her friends in the Fog Dodgers that have given her so much attention, cookies and rubs over the last 6 years of her being an enthusiastic member of the group.

Enjoying Abby's version of a swim
Checking out Big River
Guarding her kingdom

We've posted just a few of the many, many of her photos.  She loved Fort Bragg and especially the beach and the water.  We did tell her that we were sure the group sent their best wishes, as she passed on to pastures new.

Thank you all for being so kind to Abby.