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 18, 2017

Ward Avenue - Sunday June 18 - Happy Father's Day!

58 degrees and a slight haze in the air this morning.  It was a small group - 3 walkers, 3 runners.  Fran, Joe, Charlene, Ron, Bob C.  & Jan

It was a beautiful morning, whether walking or running.  I headed south to the point then headed back north on the black sand beach.  Went about 1/4 mile on the sand, then climbed back up to the paved trail.  Lots of tourist traffic - Folks out enjoying the Father's Day Weekend!

No photos today - This is my first time posting - so, my apology for the sparse offering.  It will get Better!

Safe travels to all!

Today was Ward Avenue.
NEXT SUNDAY, June 25, 2017 @ 8:00 A.M.: Noyo Headlands South - Entrance by Taco Bell
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL - NORTH


Glass Beach Headlands
Although the morning started out pretty chilly, 44 degrees at my house, it was a beautiful 56 when we started our walk.  The tide was low and the water was a brilliant deep blue.  Some of us headed north toward the trestle and some went south to Soldier Bay.  This walk gives us lots of options for walking or running. By the time we got back, it was shorts and tee shirt time.


We were joined this morning by Jan, Ron, Charlene, Neil, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T. Roger, Shari, Susan Bruce and Fran.  9 of us had breakfast at David’s Deli.  Thank Nancy B. for the list of names.  If it been left just to me, this paragraph would be missing.

I can't remember if Tom and Nancy are running the 5K or 10K at the National Senior Games in Birmingham Alabama.  The 10k was yesterday, but I didn't see either in the results.  So assuming they're in the 5k, the race is tomorrow and the results can be found here - best of luck guys.  And oh Tom, any chance you could blog while you're out of town?

As always, thanks to John for most of the photos.



Upcoming venues:
June 18th, Ward Avenue
June 25th, Noyo Headlands Trail - South
July 2nd, Caspar Logging Roads
July 9th, Pudding Creek Trestle

NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.: June 18th, Ward Avenue
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

CASPAR LOGGING ROAD

“The Last Dipody”

(Courtesy Bob Cimmiyotti)

Have you heard about the Fog Dodgers today?
Amassing at the trailhead then hustling away
Their voices spewing fun and laughter
near the haunts of Siegfried Caspar.
There were nine in number, one was late,
the others got started at exactly eight.
Some went south and some went east
trying to choose the hill of least.
Up then down or down then up
making that choice can be tough.
The weather was perfect, sunny and warm
enhanced by wild iris in radiant form.
John was there with camera new as was Sherry,
Peter, Joe, Susan, Bruce, Bob and Otis too,
and another young lady with name forgotten,
others were absent, that are there quite often.
Such good fun to walk and jog
once again to dodge the fog.

For those that haven't heard of a "dipody", dictionary.com defines it as:
"a group of two feet in English poetry, in which one of the two accented syllables bears primary stress and the other bears secondary stress, used as a prosodic measurement in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse"
Did that help! 

Here's some photos courtesy of John:

"Horse Power"

Lily Ponds

Llama though a fence
Upcoming venues:
June 11th, Noyo Headlands Trail - North
June 18th, Ward Avenue
June 25th, Noyo Headlands Trail - South
July 2nd, Caspar Logging Roads
July 9th, Pudding Creek Trestle

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 11th @ 8:00 A.M. - Noyo Headlands Trail - North
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, GROUP RUN @ 7:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

LAKE CLEONE


It was a great morning for walking  and running at MacKerricher State Park, 53 degrees with a thick grey overcast, keeping it warm-like and dry.


We had a lady runner that has been before but I'm ashamed that I haven't gotten her name down yet, sorry.  Also present:  Jan, Neil, John, Bob, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, Nancy and Tom (13).


J. Loomis photo

There was a very low (minus) tide this morning, reminding me that I should always check the tide tables before scheduling run/walks.  It would have been a good morning for Ward Ave. and a walk or run on the beach.

Boardwalk at Lake Cleone, J. Loomis photo

Thanks to John Loomis for keeping this blog full of nice photos.


Lake Cleone, J. Loomis photo

Upcoming venues:
June 4th, Caspar Logging Roads
June 11th, Noyo Headlands Trail - North
June 18th, Ward Avenue
June 25th, Noyo Headlands Trail - South
July 2nd, Caspar Logging Roads
July 9th, Pudding Creek Trestle

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

POMO BLUFFS - NOYO BAY


Well, so much for the pretty ocean views.  The ocean today was barely visible,  due to a thick, low fog. I don't think the fog bothered any of us though, just took away the normally beautiful ocean view.  Thanks to John, his pictures below kind of show the morning.


J. Loomis photo
Present today, Pat and Bill, they were new and here last week, when I wasn't,  and Pat T.  Also present:  Nancy T., Roger, Joe, Toni, Jeff, Charlene, Ron, John, Bob, Fran, Nancy and Tom (15).

J. Loomis Photo
It seems as though our very wet winter might be over.  There's nice weather all next week and I've finally let the home fire go out.  The fog today was certainly more summer-like.

J. Loomis photo
I've listed a bunch of future venues below.  It makes it easier for me, in planning without repeats, and it helps for guest bloggers, so that they don't have to guess on what to schedule next.  The list might always change though, so make it a practice to check on the venue just a little before Sunday.

May 28th, Lake Cleone - We haven't started from the lake for a long time but Nancy and I         checked it out recently and thought that it would work very nicely.  Near the end of Mill Creek Drive, at MacKerricher State Park.
June 4th, Caspar Logging Roads
June 11th, Noyo Headlands Trail - North
June 18th, Ward Avenue
June 25th, Noyo Headlands Trail - South
July 2nd, Caspar Logging Roads
July 9th, Pudding Creek Trestle

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 28TH @ 8:00 A.M.:   LAKE CLEONE,  We will start from the parking lot, right at the lake.  It's been a few years since we started from here.  It's a good starting point, giving you many options as to which way to go.

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

J. Loomis photo
J. Loomis photo


It was a breezy and beautiful morning along the Haul Road.  The ocean and the sky seemed bluer than usual and the greens seemed greener.  There are still lots of wildflowers. Even without Tom we managed to start on time.  We also got enough medical advice to diagnose Tom's malady and suggested treatment options to help our leader return swiftly.


J. Loomis photo
J. Loomis photo

Present this morning:  Nancy and Rick thankfully continue to bring guests.  Today they brought Bill and Pat.  Also present were Fran, Jan, John, Ron, Charlene, Joe, Nancy T. and Nancy R. (12)


May 21st, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay (nice view from the Noyo Bridge, if heights don't bother you)

May 28th, Lake Cleone - We haven't started from the lake for a long time but Nancy and I checked it out recently and thought that it would work very nicely.  Near the end of Mill Creek Drive, at MacKerricher State Park.

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 21 @ 8:00 A.M.: Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay (nice view from the Noyo Bridge, if heights don't bother you).

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

VAN DAMME STATE PARK

This morning, it was Van Damme State Park's Fern Canyon.  I think it was 49 degrees, with a strong NW wind that made if feel colder.

Our neighbor, Nicole, showed up with 5 other runners (I think one was Nina).  It was great  to see SIX new runners show up, but we felt really bad, because the four of us remaining runners only ran a few minutes and then turned around and headed to Boonville for the Boontling Classic 5K. Nicole and group, please come back, we'll do better!  I hope that you had a good run.


J. Loomis photo, Great Blue Heron
J. Loomis photo, Pelicans





















At the race, Nancy and Tom each got 1st Place finishes.  We keep saying, all you gotta do is get older, but in all honesty and modesty, Nancy is really fast, Tom only moderately!   There were more Raffle Prizes at the race then there were entrants, so everyone won a nice bottle of wine, great little race!

Also present at Van Damme today:Neil, Fran, Orah, Steve, Charlene, Ron, John, Nancy B., Rick, Nancy and Tom (17).

I'll wait for a little feedback before scheduling Van Damme again.  What I've seen of it and from what I've heard, the trail isn't in too good of condition.  Big River has mosquitoes and Russian Gulch has a lot of poison oak.  What I'm saying, you'll see our local coastal trail and Caspar Logging Road show up more often for upcoming venues.   Let me know if there's a trail you prefer or want to check out.

Little River Creek, J. Loomis photo

May 14th, Pudding Creek Trestle (from here, you can in 3 different directions, your choice!)

May 21st, Pomo Bluffs - Noyo Bay (nice view from the Noyo Bridge, if heights don't bother you)

May 28th, Lake Cleone - We haven't started from the lake for a long time but Nancy and I checked it out recently and thought that it would work very nicely.  Near the end of Mill Creek Drive, at MacKerricher State Park.

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 14TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  PUDDING CREEK TRESTLE

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