Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sea Glass Report #1

Inspired by Kevin Kelly's recent sea glass hunting adventure, we went to Point Dume in Malibu, California on Saturday to search the beach for polished bits of broken glass. We found about 100 pieces, shown above.

We learned that the best spots to find sea glass are in the patches of larger gravel that form around the high tide level.

We had a wonderful time searching for the sea glass. Sea glass is rare enough to make you excited when you find a piece, but not so rare as to cause discouragement. It's a perfect sweet-spot for putting you in a flow state. The only thing I can compare it to is hunting for mushrooms.

My five-year-old daughter was especially good at finding the largest pieces. I'm not sure why. It could be that she spent most of the time standing up and running from patch to patch, while my wife, my 10-year-old, and I spent most of the time on our hands and knees closely scanning the gravel for any speck of translucency.

My dedication paid off. The smallest piece I found turned out to be the most beautiful. (This was decided by family vote when we went to lunch at Coogie's in Malibu and compared our individual hauls.) Did it come from a Vick's bottle, back when they were made out of glass?

We are looking forward to our next sea glass hunt.