A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach
When life gives you garbage, make a glass beach
When Kenny and I pulled away from the Inn at the Lost Coast a piece of me stayed behind. Spending the night, watching the sunset over the Pacific will forever be in my heart as one of the most perfect, romantic, moments of my life.
As our wheels climbed up the steep narrow road leaving Shelter Cove. Though I knew it was impossible, I wished we could just stay one more night to relive the perfection.
Our trip was taking us south back to San Francisco. This was to be our last full day of motorcycle riding in California. The day would have to have something great in store for me to keep my wheels moving.
And it did.
File Under: Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned on the Internet
Weeks before we left for California, I happened to read a tidbit of information that stayed with me. Along the coast in Fort Bragg is a place known as a Glass Beach.
Sounds dangerous, right? But, rather than sharp shards of glass, the seaside is speckled with ocean-worn glass.
Glass Beach is a unique beach, not because nature made it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man’s mistakes.
Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass.
Along the shore, sparkling pieces of sea glass.
It’s pretty spectacular to think that the ocean turned what was once a dumping ground into a shining jewel. All it took was time and persistence.