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Glass Beach #2, Fort Bragg, California

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July 25th, 2013
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On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the sixth in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip.

Glass Beach #1 is a cinch to reach. Park and walk a ways, there’s your beach.

Glass Beach #2 takes a little more foreknowledge and bravado. When you get to where the fence on the left of the foot path veers left, turn with it instead of going straight. The path gets a little dicey in places, up on a cliff, and then there’s a little rocky trail down the cliff that requires free hands.

When you get to the beach you’ll be amazed that it is literally covered in glass orbs. While Glass Beach #1 has been nearly picked clean of these treasures because it is so easy to access, the spiriting-away of glass bits from #2 has been at a slower pace. Sadly, plenty of people are still picking out the nicer pieces and packing them home, never to be seen in public again.

The beach is lovely, surrounded by rock outcroppings. It even has a little tunnel, and a shelf to perch a toddler on.

Click on any image below for a full-size slideshow.

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Alongside the path to the shore, a blackbird alights on a leafless branch.

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A gorgeous view of the ocean from the narrow path leading to beach #2.

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A couple of beachcombers are literally combing through the sand with eyes and fingers, picking out the pieces they like best.

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This is the way down the cliff. It’s not as bad as it looks. My almost-3 son and somebody’s dog managed to get down with help.

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The beach is plastered in rounded, sand-tumbled bits of glass.

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Closer up, you can see a variety of colors in the glass. The wet glass is the prettiest.

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Daddy helps Theo down the cliff path.

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Theo enjoys the chilly waters. This little cove is relatively safe from big waves and currents.

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I spy a bit of blue glass, the least common color after white, brown, and green. Even rarer is red.

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I investigate the glass with Theo.

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Theo holds up a sizable piece of blue glass, and then we drop it.

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Theo loves this outstanding little natural tunnel.

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Daddy perches Theo up on a ledge above the beach.

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  1. Sea Glass Jewelry, April 5, 2014 6:54 am - Glass Beach #2, Fort Bragg, California

    I would love to pay this beach a visit. Looks amazing.

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