A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach

A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach

Glass Beach Drive Sign Fort BraggWhen Kenny and I pulled away from the Inn at the Lost Coast on Thursday morning, there stayed a piece of me. Spending the night, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean will forever be in my heart as one of the most romantic, most perfect moments.

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 and relive the perfection.

Our trip was taking us south again, back to San Francisco. It 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…

Fort Bragg Glass Beach

File Under: Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned on the Internet

Weeks before we left for California, I happened to read a little tidbit of information on the web that stayed with me. Along the coast in Fort Bragg is what is known as a Glass Beach. Sounds dangerous, right? 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.

All along the shore, sparkling pieces of sea glass…

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Glass Beach Fort Bragg

It’s pretty spectacular when you think that the ocean turned what was once became a dumping ground in to a shining jewel. All it took was time and persistence.

Glass Beach Fort Bragg

11 Replies to “A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach”

  1. Awesome stuff Fuzzy.
    There are days when I may spend time searching for cool stuff on the internet and don’t really find anything

    ….and then there are days when super-cool-awesome-amazing stuff finds me, and it was one of those days that I came across your blog.

    Just can’t get enough of the words, the images, and the motorcycle inspired life of Fuzzy. Thanks for sharing your world with us!

  2. Oh my gosh, that’s awesome. I would be on that beach for HOURS. I’m a sucker for cool little rocks. But colorful, water-worn shards of sea glass? Oh, wow. Did you at least bring a cool piece home?

    1. They ask that visitors please not take the glass. So, I personally did not take any, but I did see a few other people sifting through and picking out some gems.

      When you take your California road trip one day – definitely put it on your to-do!

  3. Beautiful post. I loved the Northern California coast, it was one of the best places for riding on my cross country trip, it stays with you forever, it’s so beautiful.

  4. the website ‘pashnit’ has many CA road trips on sheltered biways if you happen over this way again. Love your blog and pix.

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