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 24, 2014

Van Damme State Park

"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

Jogging our Memory




This morning was a pleasant 56 degrees, there was no wind, and measurable precipitation was .01 inches from the fog drizzle, requiring drivers to use the windshield wipers. The fog was high, allowing ambient lighting and fair visibility. Present today were John, Nancy, Rick, Steve, Orah, Geri, Toni, Joe, Melissa, Nichole, Katie, Fay, Joe D., Pat, Leon, Fran, Cheryl, and Bob, for a total of eighteen.
                How nice that we live in a place along the Pacific Coast that is saturated with a vast selection of wonderful hiking places and trails. All within reasonably close proximity to where we reside. The Fern Canyon Trail has long remained a favorite of many. This morning it was easy to see why. Walkers and joggers were greeted by the smell of camp-wood smoke that soon faded as they ventured further into the depth of the peaceful beauty and serenity of the canyon. Here Fog Dodgers now and then passed little tricklets of water expelled from the banks of the canyon walls, confluxing with that already softly splashing over the rocks and stream below. Walkers and joggers were also treated to the occasional sound of osprey calling from above the canopy of the tall fir.
                As some of us already know, more and more recent research shows that our brains benefit more from physical activity than from mental workout. Regular physical exercise appears to protect the brain from shrinking and helps us maintain memory and cognitive function. The best way to maximize the brain enriching effects of a game of chess is to pick a match across town and walk or run to it. So, literally speaking, let’s keep jogging our memory.


Thanks John Loomis for the beautiful photograph.

NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 31ST @ 8:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD, see "Our Routes".

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, August 17, 2014

Russian Gulch State Park



"This book is the key to understanding how to increase your natural longevity and health, it is key to slowing global warming, and all of this at no cost, rather, at immeasurable savings to society."-- Mike Fremont, World Record Holder for Marathons for 88 and 90 year olds.  Speaking about the book, "Whole". 
Lyme Regis, England where Roger has his flat- taken before brakfast
I barely know where to begin with names for today.  I'm often complimented for remembering names but today sent me into overload.  Okay, there was Zelda, and she brought, Larry, Lala, Karl and David.  This is where I lose it.   Henry brought Larry, Ed, Tonita and ? (I'm sorry).  Also present:  Geri,  Melissa, Nichol, Cheryl, Bob, Toni, Joe, Donna, Pat, Leon, Nancy and Tom (22) and I'm sure that I have left somebody out, my apology.

Roger says England is very dog friendly, including pubs and restaurants
 We were at Russian Gulch today.  I guess you'd have to say that it was another perfect morning for walking or running, 55, calm and thin fog, giving way to sunshine up the trail a ways.

"A real breakfast", R. Thornburn.
£6.50 is $10.50, including tax.

John has sent me photos for today but I will save them for later.  Roger sent the photos here and it seemed right to post them while he’s still in Lyme Regis.  The Art Poster below though, is for John.  The show benefits the Art Center.



I think that Bob will blog next week but just in case, there are two walk/runs listed below.  Thanks for bringing family and friends.  It's a great group!

NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 24TH @ 8:00 A.M.: VAN DAMME STATE PARK, see "Our Routes"
                                                                    AND, 
 SUNDAY, AUG. 31ST  @ 8:00 A.M.:  BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD, see "Our Routes" 

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, August 10, 2014

Caspar Logging Roads

"I ran and ran every day, and I acquired a sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never, give up, no matter what else happened." -- Wilma Rudolph 
photo by J. Loomis

It was a beautiful morning!  We met in Jackson State Forest on the Caspar Logging Road.  It was 54 degrees, with sunshine and no wind.  About 2/3 of the group went uphill on Road 500.  I thought that there might be more traffic on Road 500, due to deer season opening this weekend and therefore chose to go downhill on Road 600, behind the locked gate.  That's the best thing about this venue, it offers lots of choices.  Road 600 has lots of loose rock though, from the roadwork that has been going on.


So Caspar, J. Loomis

More Caspar real estate, J. Loomis


I feel that I missed a bunch of names this morning, the group looked so large.  All I can come up with is:  Barbara, Pat, Leon, Linda, Tom T., Toni, Joe, Gay (?), Mark, Geri, Charlene, Fran, Jennifer, Pete, Bob, John, Neil, Katie, Melissa, Nancy T., Fay and Tom (22).






J. Loomis
J. Loomis



NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 17TH @ 8:00 A.M.: By request, RUSSIAN GULCH 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, August 3, 2014

Ten Mile River Logging Road

"I could run very fast.  After all, in Alabama, all we kids had to do was run, so we ran." --Jesse Owens
Naked Ladies, J. Loomis
See?  Many more berries in the days ahead.  


I thought it was nice this morning, up at Ten Mile River.  There was a high overcast and it was calm and 55 degrees.  It felt much better than the low fog and breeze in town.  I arrived at the last minute and so this is a real test!  Zelda was a big help, introducing me to the 5 (!) guests that she brought along.  There was Lala and Karl (actually their second walk), Cristina, David and Axelle (all the way from France!).  Thanks Zelda.  Also present today:  John, Greg, Tom T. (?), Fran, Gay, Mark, Neil, Nancy B., Toni, Joe, Nancy T. and Tom (18).  There, I hope I remembered everyone!

J.  Loomis
Ten Mile River Ranch, J. Loomis



There weren't as many ripe berries as I had hoped for but there were enough!  We enjoyed the blackberries and didn't walk or run quite as far as we would have.  There are so many "green" berries still on the vines, they will be plentiful for anyone wanting a return visit over the next few weeks.  Be careful up there during the week though, it is a private road and there is an active gravel plant with lots of trucks.





 Thank you John L. for today's pictures, all taken at Ten Mile and just before we walked and ran.




Hard to hide with ears like that!  

A cow, some fog and some nice xmas trees






















NEXT SUNDAY, Aug. 10th @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS, see "Our Routes" above.  I know, we were just at Caspar on July 20th.  We are down to just six or seven locations and of those, only 3 or 4 that work well for everyone.  Caspar, Big River and Ward Avenue work really well and after all, they are beautiful places to walk or run.


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, July 27, 2014

Big River Logging Road

"You don't need any skill to run.........Every 3-year old knows how to run." -- Amby Burfoot, The Runner's Guide To The Meaning Of Life

I failed to heed my own advice from last week, forgot to use mosquito repellant!  I don't think they've ever been worse!  I theorize that it was because Bob and John ran out just a little in front of us, stirred  or woke them up and then along came us, the victims!  Usually, we run away from the little guys as soon as we start running, but not today, they stuck right with us!  Other than the mosquitoes, it was a perfect morning, 56 degrees, calm and a little sunshine thru the high clouds and fog.

Thank you, John, for this morning's pictures.

Van Damme Anchorage, J. Loomis
Sarah came back for her second run but I think her son, Andrew, slept in.  It's nice to have another runner.  Pat and Leon were there, and I see that their names were on last week's blog, even if I was told they weren't! (I think someone is trying for a little extra credit!)  Also present today:  Geri, Nancy B., Nancy T., Roger, Joe,  Neil, Zelda, Cheryl, John, Bob, Nancy and Tom (15).

J. Loomis
Pat wants me to remind everyone that walkers are also invited to our midweek runs/walks at Russian Gulch and Van Damme.  I know, 7:00 am comes early for walking.   It's nice though, because it gets your day off to a good, early start.  If you want to walk on Tuesday or Thursday, I suggest that you get in touch with Pat, probably easiest by leaving a comment below.

It's been awhile since we've gone up to Ten Mile River.  It should be just right for picking blackberries, and so,

NEXT SUNDAY,  Aug. 3 @ 8:00 A.M.:  TEN MILE RIVER LOGGING ROAD, see "Our Routes" above.  Bring a coffee can or plastic bag or something if you want to take home some blackberries.  There should be gazillions there!

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, July 20, 2014

Caspar Logging Roads

Fitness has to be fun.  If it is not play, there will be no fitness.  Play, you see, is the process.  Fitness is merely the product. -- George Sheehan
J. Loomis







Oh, where to begin.  Toni and Joe had many family and friends here to celebrate their (Toni and Joe) marriage.  I picked up a half dozen names but have now forgotten them and I apologize.  It takes me several attempts, usually, to remember names.  I can do a few on first try but today it was overload.  It was so nice though, that they all came and what a nice family!

Also, Gay and Mark came with Mark's daughter, Sara.  She has been here with us before.

Fog Dodger regulars today:  Gay, Mark, Nancy T., Roger, Cheryl, Neil, Cindy, Jim, Nancy B., Rick, Pat, Leon, John, Shari, Peter, Greg, Toni, Joe, Nancy and Tom.  At David's Restaurant, there were 20 of us and 13 of the above names were not at breakfast, so I'm thinking that there must have been 33 people this morning!  How nice is that?

Kira continues to do an amazing job of accommodating customers at David's.




Caspar house, J. Loomis






We met at Caspar Logging Road this morning.  It was another perfect morning for walking or running, 55 degrees, calm and a thin overcast.  By the time we finished, it was mostly sunny.  Road 600 has seemed pretty nice in the recent past but I guess
the culverts were old or undersized, so the entire road has been
recently graded and tore up, so walking and running on it isn't
the best right now.  It will soon be fine though.










J. Loomis
Thanks to John Loomis for our  photos.  Don't forget that you can click on them and see them full sized.   John has a good eye for things that seem interesting.

Hope to see everyone next Sunday at Big River.  If it's 50 degrees or above, don't forget the mosquito repellant.

Oh, and thank you to Rick B., for alerting me, just yesterday, that the blog for last Sunday had not been posted.  I guess I didn’t click on “Publish” hard enough or something, it was still in the “Drafts” folder.



NEXT SUNDAY, DATE @ 8:00 A.M.:  BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD, 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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ward Avenue

"Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present." -- Kevin Nelson, The Runner's Book Of Daily Inspiration
Didn't look like it to begin with but it sure ended being a perfect morning beach run or walk.
It was very foggy and damp when we met.  You can tell by John's rose here below.

J. Loomis

 But as soon as we started north up the beach,  the fog ceiling lifted, revealing the long, beautiful beach, pretty clouds and mountains.  The tide was very low and other than bird and small mammal tracks,  the beach was pristine.  It is really very interesting, all the different little patterns in the sand, left by receding waters and the seashells, glass fragments and whatever else the ocean has delivered.

J. Loomis

Thanks to John, for this morning's pictures.  Below is one of the "complete" sand dollars found this morning, very pretty!

J. Loomis

Present today, oh BTW, Amber from last week was Charlene's d-i-l (or was that "future") and not daughter:  Charlene, Cheryl N., Neil, Bob, Greg, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Rod, Bob J., John, Bob, Cheryl, Nancy and Tom (15)

NEXT TWO SUNDAYS, JULY 20TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROAD
                                            JULY 27TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  BIG RIVER 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.