I’ve always called the glass I find at the beach “sea glass.” On occasion, acquaintances have referred to “beach glass.” I didn’t know there is a difference between sea glass and beach glass. Sea glass comes from salt water and beach glass comes from fresh water. The difference in ph balance and action or lack of wave action alters the appearance of the glass. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_glass
Check out the home page of the North American Sea Glass Association for information and beautiful pictures of glass. http://www.seaglassassociation.org/index.html
I’ve actually found a couple of marbles and noticed one is a tiger’s eye. Green glass dominated my most recent visit to the beach, along with a piece of pottery.
After I finished knitting Adorn Thyself, (blog post dated April 2, 2015), I went shopping for more beads. I found strands of recycled glass beads. Should I knit another bracelet or string a necklace?
For Mother’s Day, my husband I decided to leave the city behind for sand and surf. We spent two sand-filled days at Aptos, CA. We were able to get last minute reservations at Rio Sands Hotel located a block from the beach.
Dinner our first evening consisted of fresh grilled fish and a dessert of coconut cheescake co-mingled with a wonderful bottle of wine at Cafe Rio. We lunched at Pixie Delicatessen on Pesto Chicken and Southwestern Sandwiches. The fresh rotissere chicken, melted cheese on a warm toasted french roll was such a treat!
We walked all day through the surf and sand searching for sea glass. Unexpectedly, we found an assortment of sand dollars. We came upon a live purple sand dollar with barnacles on its back. As the tide came in, I tossed it back into the surf.
I was quite fascinated by the sand sculpture along the beach, and was amazed the respect shown to the sculptor. The sculptures constructed of driftwood were left intack. Of course, the tide may predict otherwise. Searching for sea glass requires a trained eye and one not distracted by all the beautiful rocks along the way. I was so excited to find blue glass, which is a special find, according to a friend of mine that lives in Aptos.
After our final day of beachcombing, we had dinner at Manuel’s, a local Mexican restaurant. There are no words to describe Manuel’s…Fun, atmosphere and good food reside in this world of cultural flavor. Two sangrias later, my husband and I discussed our next adventure to Fort Bragg’s Sea Glass Beach. What a lovely end to a beautiful weekend.