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 19, 2017

BIG RIVER

J. Loomis photo
We had a light rain here all night long and it persisted for our 8:00 a.m. run/walk.  Yet we still had 11 hardy runners and walkers.

B. Piercy photo
Present today:  Susan, Bruce, Charlene, Nancy T., Roger, Joe,  Jan, John, Bob, Nancy and Tom (11).

B. Piercy photo
Thank you John and Bruce for some photos that show how grey the morning was, and for this next one that shows that Spring is just around the corner..

J. Loomis photo
It is forecasted to be a very wet week.  I'll wait to see what happens and then come up with some kind of a list for upcoming run/walks.  Let me know if there's one you are particularly fond of.

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 26TH @ 8:00 A.M. CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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






Sunday, February 12, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

A nice morning today, 40, with mostly blue skies and a beautiful ocean.  We ran and walked around Noyo Bay and to the points on each side of it.

J. Loomis photo, 9 birds on the wires

Thanks to John for today's photos.  We were wondering where John was this morning.  He went to the North Trail instead of the South.  He's not the only one to have done this.  All these "Noyo Headlands" and Pomo Bluff names do confuse our starting points.

Amarillas, J. Loomis photo
When they connect the two halves of our new Coastal Trail, we will come up with some new names for the starting points.  I think it will be a great trail once it is all connected.  That is, if they can keep the ocean from eating away any more of it.

J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Suzanne, Henry, Michele (been with us once or twice before), Shari, Peter, Tom T., Geri, Neil, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Jan, Bob, Charlene, Ron, Nancy T., Roger, John,  Nancy and Tom (20).

Lastly, don't forget your Valentine this week.



SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER
SUN., FEB. 26TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 19TH @ 8:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH

John once again has supplied the photos for today's blog.  Thanks, John.  First up, taken from his yard, a reminder that sunnier and drier days are just ahead.


 We ran and walked the north half of the Noyo Headlands Trail today, plus a bit of the Haul Road.  Read in this week's Advocate News, that the two halves of the Coastal Trail will get connected and opened by this October, great news!

Pudding Creek Trestle, J. Loomis photo
 It was cloudy, breezy and I think 53 degrees, kind of had to hold the hat on today.

J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Nina, Jan, Neil, Gay, Mark, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Deb, Sam, Bill, Jordan, Shari, Nancy and Tom (19).


Franklin  St., J. Loomis photo
Once we got going this morning, it was still breezy, but a pretty morning to be out.  The ocean was a dark steel grey and there were patches of blue trying to break through the clouds.  After the run/walk, 12 of us had a nice breakfast at David's.  


Laurel St., J. Loomis photo


SUN., FEB. 12TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH (Taco Bell area)
SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER
SUN., FEB. 26TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 12TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (West of Taco Bell)

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




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay

I guess it was a typical winter morning, a little too cold for most of us.  It was a brisk 39 degrees, under clear and beautiful blue skies.

J. Loomis photo, as are all of the photos in today's blog.
Thank you, John, for all of today's photos.  Besides John, also present today were:  Zelda, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Shari, Peter, Geri, Ron, Cheryl N., Neil, Fran, Toni, Joe,  Nina, Jan, Gay, Mark, Nancy and Tom (21).

Noyo Bay foam

Last night, some of our group enjoyed the Knights of Columbus annual crab dinner.



Forecasts for later this week call for several rainy days.  I think next weeks venue will be fine.  I'm still waiting for Russian Gulch and Van Damme to dry out a little before we go test those.  If you have a favorite venue, or want to add a new one, please let me know.  Remember though, it must be suitable for all, not too far away and have adequate parking.

Crab boat and Caito Fisheries, Noyo River


Noyo Mooring Basin

SUN., FEB. 5TH, 8:00 A.M., NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH (Glass Beach area)
SUN., FEB. 12TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH (Taco Bell area)
SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER

NEXT SUNDAY, Feb. 5th @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH (Glass Beach)

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

WARD AVENUE

What a beautiful morning!  Fortunately for us, we walked and ran in between showers.  For us, the sky was about 50% clear blue, and about %50 fluffy white cumulous clouds.  It was somewhere just south of 50 degrees, just right for running and walking!  The ocean, with large breakers, was spectacular!

Heron photo, thanks to Mark and Gay
Thank you Bill and Jordan, for bringing a new walker, John.  Hopefully he enjoyed the morning and will return.  John recently became a full time local!

Lake Cleone ducks,  J. Loomis photo
   Also present today:  Shari, Nancy T., Roger, Zelda, Nancy B., Rick, Neil, Toni, Joe, Jan, John, Susan, Bruce, Gay and Mark (walked at Point Cabrillo due to my editing the venues!), Nancy and Tom (17).   I told Zelda she gets extra credit today, for showing up even though her power is out.

The Guest House, J. Loomis photo
    The rains and stormy seas have really done a number on MacKerricher Beach and Lake Cleone.  A couple of feet of sand now covers Mill Creek Drive and much of the berm (former railroad!)  separating Lake Cleone from the ocean, has been washed away.  State Park's wish, of bringing back an estuary and doing away with the lake may have been realized.                        

SUN., JAN. 29TH, 8:00 A.M., POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY
SUN., FEB. 5TH, 8:00 A.M., NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH (Glass Beach area)
SUN., FEB. 12TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH (Taco Bell area)
SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER

NEXT SUNDAY, JAN. 29TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  POMO BLUFFS AND NOYO BAY

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

A big change from last Sunday.  Last week we had a pretty good storm.  Many were without power and there was quite a lot of property damage.  Thanks to PG&E, working all hours of the day and night, power has been restored to most.  John snapped this picture of the workers at his driveway.
Thank you, PG&E.  I think we all have our power back now.
 This morning, it was 39 degrees under clear and calm skies.  We walked and ran on Jackson State Forest Roads, 500 & 600.

Jan. morning sunrise, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Bill, Jordan, Nina, Jan, Charlene, Ron, Nancy T, Roger, Toni, Joe, Mark, Zelda, Susan, Bruce, Nancy and Tom (16).

Caspar llamas, J. Loomis photo



Several nights this week we had  a beautiful full moon.   J. Loomis photo
Another strong winter storm front is due to arrive next Wednesday.  Hopefully, by Sunday, it will be nice enough to go for a walk or run at Ward Avenue.  We haven't done Ward Ave. for quite a while and thought that with rain in the forecast, it will at least be safe and not muddy.


SUN., JAN. 22ND, 8:00 A.M.,  WARD AVENUE
SUN., JAN. 29TH, 8:00 A.M., POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY
SUN., FEB. 5TH, 8:00 A.M., NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - NORTH (Glass Beach area)
SUN., FEB. 12TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK- SOUTH (Taco Bell area)
SUN., FEB. 19TH, BIG RIVER


NEXT SUNDAY,  JAN. 22ND @ 8:00 A.M.:  WARD AVENUE


EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:15 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.  This will be the last week of 7:15 starts.  Next week, it's back to 7:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

VAN DAMME STATE PARK


We would have run, really, and we had three walkers willing to go, really, but because of winds gusting up to 45 mph at the time, we decided it was too unsafe to venture in to Van Damme State Park.  Four of us went to breakfast instead.  Tony was trying to meet us for the breakfast but was blocked on her street by a fallen tree.


John has submitted a few pictures here.  I think they capture the day perfectly!  If it weren't raining so hard right now, I'd go out and take a picture of one of my large fir trees that had fallen right down the longitudinal axis of my neighbor's pickup truck!  Luckily, it missed where he was sleeping in a trailer less than 10 feet away!  Thanks for the pictures, John.

It's a little later as I edit this blog, I've got a picture of our neighbor's truck now:

Ouch!  Sorry.

J. Loomis photo, Big River Rd. and Hwy. One
I'm going to count this morning as if there had been a Fog Dodger Group Run/Walk, even though we didn't get too far out of our vehicles.  Breakfast out on Sunday has become a favorite for many of our group and we did at least make that.  So, there has still been a Group Run/Walk every Sunday since July 26, 1998.

Present this morning, and deserving extra credit, Joe, Nancy B., Jennifer, Jan, John, Nancy and Tom (7).



SUN., JAN. 15TH, 8:00 A.M.,  CASPAR LOGGING ROAD
SUN., JAN. 22ND, 8:00 A.M.,  RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK
SUN., JAN. 29TH, 8:00 A.M., POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY

NEXT SUNDAY, JAN. 15TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

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