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A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach

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.

Glass Beach Drive Sign Fort Bragg

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.

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 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.

Glass Beach Fort Bragg

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.

Glass Beach Fort Bragg
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