One of Fort Bragg’s most popular destinations, located just six blocks north of the downtown, is Glass Beach in MacKerricher State Park. Although it’s a place to discover beautiful sea glass, the bluffs above the beach also offer incredible views of big waves and spectacular rock formations along the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument.
Although we can’t help pointing out the beauty, this post is meant to be a cautionary tale: the sea glass hunter on the beach with his dog (click on photo to enlarge it) was sandwiched between pounding surf and the cliffs — never a good idea when waves are huge and the tide is high. In this case, he had been hit by a few smaller waves and had escaped the bigger sneaker waves that could have carried him and the dog out to sea.
On the same day we spotted this man, we saw and warned a couple standing down on rocks near the ocean – WAY to close to breaking big waves. In fact, one wave hit the rocks a few feet in front of them and they both jumped back. They were lucky. We have heard many stories of folks being knocked off the rocks into the ocean.
Just remember, there are plenty of safe spots to hunt sea glass so there is no need to take chances with your safety.
Enjoy the hunt and never turn your back no the ocean.