It didn’t sound like it was far, just 2 to 3 miles. Think again if it was on flat pavement it would have been an easy few miles. Add soft sand, hard sand, rocks, water and slippery rocks, logs and wind. On top of the walk you will be tempted to stop to pick up the occasional shell, pretty rocks and prized beach glass. It was not a brisk walk.
As we started out from North Beach we searched the beach ahead for Beth she was not to be seen. We could see a point out in the distance and thought it must be just around the corner. We rounded the point and saw another out in the distance, no Beth. We realized we had just begun! As we rounded each point the wind would pick up and calm again as we entered the following cove. There would be a third point to conquer before we reached our destination... GLASS BEACH! Where we would finally catch up to Beth. I am getting ahead of myself.
Not long after we started we noticed animal prints in the sand we thought they looked like deer, then decided they couldn’t be since they were on the beach. From time to time over the next mile we would come across them. I was taking photos of the bluff above us and turned to look out to sea and there WAS a deer on the beach. I was sorry I didn’t have my good camera with me. The deer was able to climb straight up the bluffs without a care in the world. Where was my video camera?
Look closely and you will see the deer near the center of the picture below.
Click on picture to get a better view!
One of our party was going to meet us at the beach by boat. While walking below the huge bluffs my phone rings. Who would have thought there was service out there. Sad to say the waters were a little rough and the seaweed plentiful make it difficult to maneuver in a small craft. She would not be joining us on the beach.
It is very tempting to pick up glass along the way. We tried to be very disciplined and keep walking as we knew our time at Glass Beach would be limited. There would always be time to pick up glass on the way back; but who could resist! You know you are almost to Glass Beach when you pass a couple of axels. It took us close to and hour and a half to reach Glass Beach.
At one time Glass Beach was the local dump. From the bluff above the townspeople would throw their trash on to the beach. It would be carried away by the tides. Today the only clue this ever took place is the beach glass. Thus the name Glass Beach!
Yes, there is plenty of glass for everyone. I found a ton of white glass, considerable amount of green and brown, a little blue and aqua. My prized piece is a seed bead size of rare RED glass. I would have liked to have more time on the beach. I know I missed a piece or two.
As the tide came in the surf got ruff...
click on picture below to see the gull on the rock.
As the tide started to return, it was hard to stop searching. Our time at Glass Beach was coming to a close. On the way back we stopped to pick up glass along the way until our bodies were too sore. From the uneven walking and stooping every muscle in my body began to cry out. We were barely half way back to the parking lot. Sore as I am I am looking forward to my next hike out to Glass Beach.
Found this bottle before reaching Glass Beach.
Dress in layers if you plan to go. Sturdy shoes for walking. Sunglasses help block the wind from the eyes. I was thankful for the hood on my sweatshirt.
Thanks Cathy for organizing the trip, Beth for guiding us to the right beach, Kris for driving and the humorous company on the walk! What a great day.
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