Friday, July 1, 2011
If it seems like there is something a little special about this sand, you are right. For the most part it is not sand at all but rather sea glass: glass that has been dumped into the ocean only to re-emerge years later in the form of smooth frosted glass pebbles. In the case of Glass Beach, there is (or was) an off shore dump site which is generating the glass that washes up on shore. Primarily brown or clear, the small glass pebbles glitter like jewels on a sunny day. Lewis and I spent some time looking for the best blue and green specimens. These were harder to come by.
It is easy to imagine this as a beautiful beach—and it would be were it not set along a nondescript section of the coast in the middle of an industrial area. As such it is remarkable as a curiosity more than a scenic wonder; but it is still a worthy stop for anyone in the area.
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