I was never one of those people who had a special place they could go and think, calm down, or just be alone. In Okinawa, I found that place on a certain beach where I liked to hunt for sea glass. I would be there a couple times a week and usually I was the only one there. Sometimes I just walked, sometimes the kids were along and we played in the ocean, but it truly was my stress reliever. I haven’t found that place again.
When I found out there was a sea glass beach in Northern California, I wanted to go. Finally (finally!!!), we made the trip over Thanksgiving. There really isn’t an easy way to get there. The drive was long, the roads were curvy, and the little one and I both get carsick. Thankfully, I was the only one who did throw up and it wasn’t until later in the day. It was overcast and drizzly all day. We stopped in Point Arena and had lunch at the Pier Chowder House, which was right on a pier. It was the perfect lunch for such a day.
The beach site was a dump until the late 1960’s. The amount of sea glass is due to the amounts of trash and glass that were dumped there. Not quite as fun as the sea glass that just washes up on it’s own, but still neat. There are actually 3 beaches, one which is part of MacKerricher State Park. Picking up the sea glass is not allowed in the state park. So many people do it though, that the amount of glass is diminishing. The articles and pictures I saw online showed beaches that were literally covered in glass. That’s not what we saw. It was high tide when we were there, which could have been part of the reason we saw so little glass, but I doubt it. We climbed down cliffs and kept an eye on the waves to get a good look at every beach we could. The glass wasn’t what I was hoping for. There was still a lot there. Don’t get me wrong on that, but it was mostly the white and amber colored glass, which is the most common. There was also a lot of people there, including a bus of foreign tourists. As we were walking back to the truck, everyone we passed asked us if there was any sea glass to be found.