Mendocino Botanical Gardens —
The only botanical gardens in America looking over the ocean.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg —
We heard about this famed Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Supposedly, years ago, residents used to throw their bottles and glassware into the ocean. Mother Nature fought back and spit the glass back onto the beach, but the glass was now chiseled like stones.
We went out searching for this beach, visualizing sparkling glass stones covering a large area. But we could not find it anywhere. We couldn’t find any signs pointing us in the right direction. Finally, we found a sunken area between two hills that had some glass piece strewn around.
“Is this it?” I asked.
“It must be,” said Sophia. “It’s not very impressive.”
We bent down and examined the historic glass pieces.
“Well I guess it is sort of interesting. Maybe collectors took the rest of the glass.”
Then we noticed that there were a group of tourists in the distance combing over another area of the beach. We were not on “Glass Beach.” We were simply admiring the broken pieces of glass of a Budweiser bottle that some drunken idiot must have broken last night.
Frankly, the real Glass Beach wasn’t any better.
Here are some of the “real” glass stones, and the nice view.
Boat Junk Yard, Fort Bragg —
So ugly it was beautiful.
“Avenue of the Giants” —
We took tons of the typical touristy shots.
Sophia’s idea for a photo, not mine —
And thank you again for all your birthday greetings!