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Unexpected Art on Glass Beach
This post is part of Larry’s Spectacular Birthday Trip:
- A Lifely Alternative to the Ubiquitous Plexiglas Covid Shield
- The Power of Not Accepting Something That Just Isn’t Right
- Unexpected Art at Glass Beach
- Exploring Westport
- Our Perfect Hotel Room Right on the Ocean
One of the things Larry wanted to do for his birthday was spend a lot of time walking on and exploring beaches, so our rule was at least one beach walk per day.
After driving all day on the first day, we hadn’t had our beach walk and we were in Fort Bragg, so we went to Glass Beach.
Glass Beach is famous because in times past it was the garbage dump at the edge of town. Decades later the beach is filled with colorful bits of glass from broken bottles, tumbled smooth by years of ocean waves.
It is also part of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail—miles of rugged coastline that was opened to the public in 2018, for the first time in 100 years. It is truly a spectacular beach with trails and vistas and coves and tide pools.
But what delighted me about this beach was driftwood carvings of animals that are part of the habitat of the beach.
The first I saw was a large whale in a swimming position with a baby whale swimming along beside.
Then I was surprised to see a life-sized driftwood heron in a patch of grass, just where a live heron would be.
If I had the time and a camera, I would spend hours searching for all these driftwood creatures.
A lovely human touch in a natural environment.