Planning a Dream Roadtrip: The Glass Beach

A very long time ago I saw a picture of a glass beach. It was so beautiful, with red, green, blue, yellow, brown and clear glass pebbles spilling out of the ocean. The glass beach is in MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, California. Ever since I’ve learned about it, it’s been my dream to go visit it.

There are three glass beaches in Fort Bragg. The sites were used as dumps from the 1900s to the 1960s. When the dumps were closed, the metal trash was removed and the biodegradable trash broke down. The broken glass was tumbled in the water until it became smooth and pebble-like. The water deposited it back on the beach along with other sand and rocks to create the glass beach.

I’m hoping to visit the glass beach during my trip to California this fall, while it still exists. The beach is slowly disappearing because of people taking the glass as souvenirs. Taking glass from the beach is not only ruining the park for others, it’s also illegal Since the glass beach is in MacKerricher State Park, everything in the park is protected and it’s against the law to remove anything, including the glass.

The glass beach is what began my goal of taking a roadtrip down the west coast and it’s the most important stop to me. I’m excited about finally being able to visit it after dreaming about it for years. It may not be part of a roadtrip this visit, but in a few years when I do drive down the coast, visiting the glass beach will be essential. I only hope that it will still be there.

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