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, 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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD

 Happy New Year!  Well, we did it!  We at least got the New Year off to a good start.  Considering it was a holiday, and one on which many like to sleep in, or sleep it off, we had a good sized group of happy runners and walkers.

Big River, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Jeff, Jan, Toni, Joe, Charlene, Ron (Happy Birthday!), Susan, Bruce, Deb, Sam, Tom T., Cheryl N., Neil, Nancy T., Roger, Rod, Nancy and Tom (18).



Mendocino Bay, J. Loomis photo
We haven't been to Russian Gulch or Van Damme State Park for quite awhile, mainly because of the trail conditions.  Next week we will try Van Damme State Park's Fern Canyon.  It used to be one of our favorite venues.  We'll see how it is now.  If you want to walk with your dog, you can't take it up Fern Canyon beyond the campground, but there is plenty of roadway if you go up to the upper campground.  It would be a very pretty walk also!

Great blue heron, J. Loomis photo
SUN., JAN. 8TH, 8:00 A.M., VAN DAMME STATE PARK
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. 8TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  VAN DAMME STATE PARK

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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, 2016!

J. Loomis photo
John took all of today's photos.  The red shouldered hawk at Big River was taken on Thursday morning after our run.  Thank you very much, John.


Red shouldered hawk, J. Loomis photo
Present today:  Fran, Charlene, Ron, Barbara, John, Nancy T., Roger, Bob,  Jan, Nancy and Tom (11).

Picturesque Noyo Harbor
It was a little brisk (38) at our start, so we chose to go with the wind.  By the time we turned around, coming back into the light breeze, we were warmed up enough that it was not so cold, I think a beautiful morning!  

Commercial crab season opens here next Thursday.


"Squatters" on the Noyo Bell Bouy
UPCOMING RUN/WALKS:
SUN., JAN. 1ST, @ 8:00 A.M.,  BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD
SUN., JAN. 8TH, 8:00 A.M., VAN DAMME STATE PARK
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. 1ST, 2017 @ 8:00 A.M.: BIG RIVER LOGGING ROAD


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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

It's almost winter, though by the thermometer this morning, I think we're there!  It was 30 degrees, plus or minus, depending upon how far you lived from the ocean.  John though, found something blooming, even at this time of the year.  It's a tulip tree and it was at the Botanical Gardens.  Thank you, John, for continuing to supply our blog with nice, interesting photos.


This house in Caspar looks as cold as it was.




We ran and walked on Jackson State Forest Road 500, the Caspar Logging Road, today.  We were pleasantly surprised by the nice turnout.  Present were:  Geri, Tom T., Jan, Gay, Mark, Neil, Fran, Nancy T., Roger, Toni, Joe, John, Nancy B., Nancy and Tom (15).

John's mailbox!
Afterwards, eight of us joined for breakfast at David's, where we and the staff sang Happy Birthday to one of our blushing group.  It was a very nice morning.

December sky, J. Loomis photo
Over the past nineteen years, there has been a Fog Dodgers Group Run/Walk on every Sunday.  Twice, there was only one person, but there has always been a run/walk.  Next Sunday is Christmas.  Many of us will be with family or checking out what Santa brought, but at least one of us will be at the run/walk.  I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanakkuh!

SUNDAY, DEC. 25TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (yes, somebody will be there)

NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 25TH @ 8:00 A.M.: NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH

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

Sunday, December 11, 2016

POMO BLUFFS AND NOYO BAY



Leaving my house this morning, it was 38 degrees.  Arriving at Pomo Bluffs, I can only guess, it was about 43, cloudy and just a slight breeze, not enough to make the flags stir.

Part, but not all, of this morning's group.  S. Elufson photo

USCG in Noyo Bay, J. Loomis photo
I guess that I missed an exciting run.  The Fog Dodgers observed a house fire that had just begun and were the first to report it to 911.  That was at the beginning of the run/walk and later on, things seemed under control and nobody was injured.  The fire occurred on the Rancheria.  I hope to be back to running in a few weeks.


It was cold this morning!  J. Loomis photo
I hope Jan doesn't mind showing up on the internet.  I think John caught a good photo of her and it kind of shows how cold it was.   And thanks Jan, for bringing along friends Nina and Harley.  Please return again, as we need more runners!  Also present today:  Geri, Nancy B., Rick, Cheryl, Neil, Gay, Mark, Fran, Deb, Sam, Shari, Peter, Charlene, Ron, Toni, Joe, Zelda, John, Nancy and Tom (23).

Thanks Sam, for the photos.

Comfort food, S. Elufson photo
After the run/walk, we had our Annual Pot-luck breakfast and cookie exchange.  There was lots of delicious food and cookies, even for vegans!  It's a wonderful group and we all just get along!

SUNDAY, DEC. 18TH, CASPAR LOGGING ROAD
SUNDAY, DEC. 25TH, NOYO HEADLANDS PARK - SOUTH (yes, somebody will be there)

NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 18TH @ 8:00 A.M.:  CASPAR LOGGING ROADS

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