Glass Beach & Mendocino

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
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Trip End Jun 21, 2008


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Thursday, June 19, 2008

After spending some time again in the pool, we decided to head down to Glass Beach.

We had heard a lot about Glass Beach but the first time I remember hearing about it was from Huell Howser on the show California's Gold years ago.  The story is that many years ago residents of Fort Bragg would throw their trash including cars, refrigerators and other large appliances over the cliffs into the sea.  In the late 60's the city began to cleanup the beach and it has been a tourist destination since the 70's.  Over the years the waves have smoothed small glass pieces, which are the remnants of discarded glass bottles, and they are scattered all over the beach.  You'll also find pieces of metal as well scattered about.  Maria found a piece of metal that looked like it could have come from a car of some sort.  Initially we didn't see any glass down by the beach because it's hard to see from the cliffs so we spent about an hour exploring the cliffs.  There are lots of crabs and other sea life living in the rocky crevices.  We finally ventured down to the beach and discovered the glass.  The volume of glass still on the beach amazed me after all of these years.  We selected several small pieces to take as mementos and headed back on the long walk to the car.

 
We all were getting hungry as it was probably early afternoon by the time we left glass beach so we decided to head down to Mendocino, which is a beautiful seaside community with small businesses and a few homes.  As we pulled into town we realized how special this place was.  It really looked like a little New England village with Cape Cod architecture and small mom and pop stores and shops. Mendocino stood in as the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine on the show Murder She Wrote.  Many of the shows scenes were filmed here in the 80's.  The town has also been featured in many other films over the years. 
 
We decided upon a local place called "Mendo Burgers" and ordered some of their fresh cut French fries to share.  Although it took quite a while for our order to come out, once we tasted the fries I can say it was worth the wait.  Big thick fresh from the potato fries really hit the spot.  After our small shared meal we headed back to the hotel and then I took the kids to pick up some groceries from the local Safeway.  Maria had not been in the pool yet so I stayed in the room with Sydney while Maria and Austin swam.  After swimming three times in less than 24 hours, Austin had several raw areas of skin so they walked to the Rite-Aid next to our hotel to pick up some Aloe-Vera.  When inside they started to shut the lights out in the store so Austin and Maria rushed to find the Aloe.  As they approached the front to checkout,  the clerks had their purses in hand and had closed out the registers.  One of the ladies said "I didn't know that there was anyone left in the store".  It's a good thing they made it out before they were locked in otherwise it would have been a long night in the store.  Although the Rite-Aid floor probably would have been more comfortable than our beds that night........
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