Glass Vacation - Seaside, California, on the Monterey Bay - a
delightful account hunting for sea glass with great photos and tales.
Stephanie and her family exploring this beach for the first time
- with great results.
with thanks to Stephanie
Ord Dunes State Park, and Sand City are all along the same stretch of
beach just northeast of Monterey, California
See also James and his Scooper at Seaside
family and I recently went to Pacific Grove, CA for our annual family
| "After reading about successful sea glass collecting at Seaside State Beach on this site, we decided it was a
place we wanted to visit during our trip.
Glass Vacation - Seaside Sea Glass
are some photos of what I
on any of the photos to zoom)
first photo is of all the glass I found that morning, on a large bath
towel, the length of the shower/tub.
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|"My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their 2 children
joined my husband, son, daughter and I for the outing.
"We arrived at 11:30 AM and parked in the beach parking lot.
"Seaside State Beach is very long and is flanked by sand dunes and sand
"There are few rocky areas along the beach. The initial walk from the
parking lot yielded no sea glass, but after about a 1/4 mile we started
to see some between the water line and about 5 feet up the sand.
"My husband, 4
year old daughter and 5 year old niece went ahead and the rest of
us lingered in one area.
"My brother-in-law had his swim trunks on and
he ventured into the water with a plastic toy sand sifter.
"I had mentioned to him I had seen photos of someone in the water with
a net scooping up glass as the waves came in. He wanted to give it a
had fantastic results. About every 3
times or so he was finding glass at least an inch in size. We hadn't
checked the tide schedule, but later found out it was high tide.
Red Sea Glass Shard Seaside and What Looks Like
a Narrow Aperture Bottle lip
Sea Glass Vacation - A Pink Bottle Neck
| "I couldn't bring
myself to walk any further
up the beach because I could see the glass in the water right where the
waves were breaking. I decided to go in.
anticipated going in the water and had worn jeans. I thought
rolling them up would successfully keep them dry. Not so. By the time I
was done I was soaked up to hips. It's a good thing I was wearing a
"I managed to grab a few great pieces in between waves.
and the girls walked north, to the rocks. When they returned, their sandwich size
zipper bags where about 3/4 full. My niece found a large bottom piece
of a white glass jar. I didn't get a close look at it, but it did have
writing on the bottom. We found a lot of pottery shards as well.
"That night I looked up the tide schedule and found that low tide would
be at 5:30 AM the next day. My husband jokingly asked if I would be
going out in the morning. I said it was too early.
woke up at 5:30 AM. I couldn't get back to sleep because I was
entertaining the thought of going back to Seaside at low tide. I got up
and got ready, asked my husband if I was crazy to go out so early and
he said to go and have fun.
Glass Vacation - Fort Ord Dunes Sunset (Wikipedia)
Sea Glass with Wire Reinforcement
|"I arrived at the
parking lot at 6:15 AM. The parking lot gate was closed. I drove
a little further north and found parking near the water treatment
plant. This was a good thing because I was already far enough up the
beach where glass could be found.
surveyed the beach for safety before
venturing forth. I observed 5 fishermen spread a great distance apart
and a couple of morning walkers. It felt safe.
"As I got
down to the water I found glass and pottery right away. It was present about every
three feet or so, from the water up into the dry sand. There was no
need to go in the water this time.
walked north about 45 minutes, just
past the rocks and then decided to turn back. I spoke to one fisherman
along the way who advised me he has bags and bags of sea glass at home.
He uses it in his planters and pots.
"On the walk back there was more glass to be found.
1.5 hours, my gallon size zipper bag
was full to the top and quite awkward to carry.
prize finds were a large coke bottle shard and a pink bottle neck
All in all, what a satisfying Sea Glass Vacation - Seaside, California,
on the Monterey Bay.
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