Glass beach at Fort Bragg -Travel Photo Mondays #10

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Glass beach at Fort Bragg -Travel Photo Mondays #10

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Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

Coastal views along the shoreline


Checking out Fort Bragg and the coastline

Today, let’s go visit another beautiful area up in Mendocino county called the Glass beach and Fort Bragg. This coastal area and beach is filled with glass, pottery and other remains polished smooth by the rough surf pounding into the beaches. What you will find at Glass beach are the leftovers from an early dump in the early 20th century when locals threw glasses, appliances and rubbish down the cliffs into the beaches of the ‘local dump’ and set fires to cut the trash pile.



Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

Tree stumps decaying at the beach



The dumping was finally stopped in 1967, environmental cleanups ensued to correct the damage. The rough surf also helped in churning out the garbage and crumbling the remains and glassware into small polished bits. Later the private owner worked to transfer ownership to the California Coastal Conservancy and waste management cleanup to make the beach safe again for public use and access. What you see again today is a newly revitalized beach cleaned and opened for the public to enjoy and pick up some ‘treasures’.



Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

Along the coastline





Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

Rough surf at glass beach



The town of Fort Bragg is a sweet and easy walk around town with its tourist shops of local art galleries and cafes mixed in with general sundry shops. Considering this town is located along the remote Northern California coastline, it’s a surprise to find so many art galleries supported local crafts and artisans, tourist shops, gourmet stores and cafes to support tourism and the local economy. It’s a fun a walk around the ‘block’ (the two main parallel streets of the town) to check out all the cool and interesting shops in town and try some local specialty or dessert. Make sure to visit the town, if you decide to look for some polished glass and treasures at the glass beach in Fort Bragg.


Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

An art gallery in Fort Bragg






Glass beach at Fort Brag -Travel Photo Mondays #10

Decaying trees at the beach


Thanks so much for coming to visit Travel Photo Mondays and visiting this beautiful glass beach in Fort Bragg. Come and enjoy some of these other bloggers from around that world showing you some beautiful imagery.


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30 Responses to Glass beach at Fort Bragg -Travel Photo Mondays #10

  1. Emily September 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Beautiful photography! Great blog……

  2. Diane September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Enjoyed the photos of Glass Beach. I love looking at images of beautiful scenery in other regions. Thanks for visiting and letting me know about Travel photo Mondays. I’ve linked up!

    • Noel September 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Aloha Diane,

      Thanks for connecting and also for linking up for Travel Photo MOndays

  3. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin September 3, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Hi Noel, I haven’t linked up for a few weeks because I haven’t had anything travel-related until now. Your party has really grown – congratulations! Your photos are beautiful as always. Take care – Dawn

  4. Colleen Brynn September 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Hey you mentioned having me participate in this… Can you provide a brief tutorial on what exactly I have to do? Where do I sign up? I’ve never participated in anything like this before, but it looks fun!

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      Hi Colleen thanks for asking, you can link your current post every Monday with the add your link button below all the other posts and just place your link and caption the tool. Make sure you do add the Travel Photo Discovery URL on your post so your readers can see the link to check out the other posts with some blurb you can mention about the carnival, and please also visit other blogs, its a friendly bunch 🙂

  5. Neva@Retire for the Fun of it September 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    We enjoyed visiting the glass beach recently, but I think all the glass has been picked up. There were at least 20 people scouring the beach area and picking any thing they could find. I saw only a few clear colored bits of glass. Last year my daughter and family saw lots of brown colored glass, do you think the tide washes the glass in and out at will?

    I hope you enjoy my link of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse that’s five miles from Fort Bragg. I really enjoyed you post as a new member of this facebook group.

  6. A September 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I’m glad they cleaned up the beach and all that area. Lovely photographs! Good idea for mondays 🙂 It’s nice to see lovely photos on mondays! Great blog of course too.

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Thanks for connecting, come and link up with us with your recent posts 🙂

  7. Cathy Sweeney September 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Gosh, I haven’t been up to Fort Bragg is such a long time. I didn’t know this history about Glass Beach. Interesting! Great pics, as always.

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Isn’t interesting such a beautiful place was originally a dump, now look how gorgeous it is and a fun place to look for polished treasure…thanks for linking up Cathy

  8. Mary {The World Is A Book} September 2, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    I have heard of Glass Beach and Ft Bragg but never realized how scenic it is. It was a shame this area was once a dumping ground. What a beautiful coastline! Loved how you captured all the driftwood and decaying wood.

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 7:40 am #

      It’s been revitalized and brought back to original condition and a place for people to look for gorgeous polished glass pieces

  9. travelnwrite September 2, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Great beach shots. Love the close up detail on the trees. Was there any glass remaining or have the beach scavengers collected it all?

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      The whole beach is filled with polished glass, for some reason, I could not find the images of the glass that I had collected…it’s a fun place to look for stuff

  10. Marisol@TravelingSolemates September 2, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Kudos to conservancy and revitalization effort, such beautiful beach deserves to be enjoyed by the public. I enjoyed the stunning, dramatic photos. The image of the decaying wood almost looks real.

    • Noel September 2, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      It is one of my favorite beaches for scavenging and finding some cool polished stuff like glass and ceramics, thanks for connecting

  11. Isabel Crouch September 2, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Lovely photos. Looks like a great place to go exploring.

  12. Life Images by Jill September 2, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    wonderful wild and windy coast- I would love to be walking there

  13. muzachan September 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I like the photo with decaying trees…

  14. Harsha September 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Simply Awesome Images…

  15. Marilyn Armstrong September 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Love the driftwood.

    My husband did basic training for the USMC at Fort Bragg. I don’t think he has fond memories of the beach. I don’t think he ever saw the beach!

  16. Rajesh September 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Beautiful shots of the place. The rocky beach looks great.

  17. Judy September 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Noel, such a beautiful coastline. The prettiest around, I think..Happy Weekend..Judy

  18. Irene September 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Lovely pictures of a new-to-me place~


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