We know that waves wash ashore shells and weeds and a whole lot of odds and ends it may find in the middle of the sea. There’s a beach in northern California where the tides bring in what look like glass pebbles. This beach in Fort Bragg in Mendocino County is called Glass Beach.
Sometime back we were in Mendocino for a day and while I was leafing through a booklet at the inn we were staying in, I happened to read about this beach. I took out my smartphone and did a small ‘search’ and what I saw was really amazing. (See it for yourself here.)
Now that is something not to be missed if we were that close to this unique beach. So we drove to Fort Bragg, turned into Elm Street just as our navigation system asked us to do. We parked on Glass Beach Drive and walked down to the beach. As I got close to it, I expected to see a beach blanketed in glass-like stones and got all disappointed. This place was nothing like what I saw in the pictures.
I did find a few of those glassy things but I had to look for them really hard. I’m guessing you are wondering how this beach became a ‘Glass Beach’. It’s no miracle, really. The history of this place says that all the trash that was Fort Bragg’s was dumped here for several years together. And a lot of glass bottles and shards that lay in the dump was washed away and after some attrition and natural Pacific-Ocean-treatment the waters returned the pieces to the beach in this form. That really is an amazing natural phenomenon that transformed waste into beautiful objects. But all I got to see was just about five little pebbles of sea glass.
According to Fort Bragg’s official site, there are three glass beaches here and the one inside MacKerricher State Park is said to be true(r) to its name. (If only I’d done some proper homework! Should I happen to go that side again, I am definitely going to see the state-park-beach.)