On my recent trip to California, my husband and I decided to drive down highway 1 to take in the breath-taking views of the Pacific coastline. We no sooner hit the state line when we were also hit by a blanket of fog. I thought I was in one of those Disney cartoons where one side of the line is sunny and on the other it is raining. Well, I have seen that enough when crossing from Oregon to California but this is the first time when it was reversed and Oregon was in sun and California was in fog, and not just any fog, but the pea soup variety.
We spent a night in Fort Bragg because I had seen photos of Glass Beach and I wanted to check it out. Fort Bragg is listed as a California Historical Landmark and was founded before the American Civil War as a military garrison. It is now a popular tourist destination .
Glass Beach is so named because in the early 20th-century residents would throw their trash over the cliffs and onto the beach. Fires would be lit to reduce the trash pile. Dumping was banned in 1967 and over the years the ocean pounded the beach, washed away the trash, but wore down the discarded glass into small, smooth colored pieces. From the photo brochures we were led to believe that the beach was covered in a thick layer of smooth glass…….FALSE. The beach was crowded with people looking for glass and we never found a single piece. Then again the fog was so heavy that we could barely see 20′ in front of us.
(all photos were taken with a Canon AE-1, T-MAX 400, and scanned on an Epson V-700)