Monday, January 10, 2011

Fort Funston Beach - Dog Lovers Paradise (Sea Glass Heaven too!)

Sunday in San Francisco,  39 degrees, nothing but blue sky stretching in every direction.  My kind of day to explore a new beach and breathe fresh salt air. It was so gorgeous and sunny - we didn't even feel the cold!

 My inner mermaid has been experiencing total withdrawal from the sea, it was starting to become a real problem.  You know the drill, scatter brain thoughts, dried out skin, a few tears..... Thank goodness, I have a boyfriend that can recognize the danger signs and knows when to head for the beach!

We are so lucky to live right on the Pacific Ocean, with so many public parks and easily accessible beaches all part of The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, including Fort Funston - just south of San Francisco, on the Great Highway. 

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"The Golden Gate National Parks stretch 70 miles north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, creating a 80,400 acre greenbelt along the Pacific Ocean. The parks include ancient redwoods, historic landmarks, miles of trails, rocky shorelines, rare and endangered species, lush coastal wilderness, and breathtaking vistas."  

I, for one can certainly attest to the absolute beauty of our California Coast here in the Bay Area.   Can never get enough sand in my shoes... or in my pockets... or in my car...

We have had many beach friends recommend a walk on Fort Funston Beach - no one told us that it was a dog lover's paradise.  

Oh mi - dogs everywhere in the park having a great time chasing balls,  birds and each other.  And of course,  running in the surf! 

Look at this happy girl!

  And, now look at what I found washed up on the shore - this first handful of sea glass after only walking on the beach for about 15 minutes!  A few tiny pieces of cobalt blue, a variety of green, lots of clear/white glass that was so tumbled it looked like spun sugar... couldn't stop putting these beauties in my Liberty Bay book bag (Liberty Bay beach bag!)

Green tumbled glass resembling and Ike and Mike candy! 

More iridescent green gems...

Tom always finds the best pieces - this oval frosted white piece is about 1.75" long.  So perfectly tumbled by the sea.

My prize piece.  A tiny yellow sea worn sea glass chunk wedged in some rocks.  So excited!  I have never found a yellow piece of glass!

Fort Funston beach was littered with all shapes and sizes of sand dollars. A little challenging to find some whole shells, ones that were not cracked open by sea gulls, or broken in the Pacific surf.

Here's one pretty one that we did take home!

Hmmm, now what to do with all of my beach combing treasures?  

P.S.  We don't have a dog, but here are some local San Francisco beaches to take your dog!

Fort Funston:

Golden Gate Park:

For a full list of dog parks in Golden Gate National Parks


michelle said...

What a beautiful day and look at all your treasures!! I would love to go beach surfing for this too, but snow seems to have covered every inch of Lake Michigan shoreline! :( I am so glad that you got a day to spend at the beach!! :) San Fransisco area is just gorgeous!

sealaura said...

wow that is incredible! I can't believe so many beautiful pieces were right there. I know what you mean about missing the beach. since the holiday vacation time took us to the desert I am hoping we can make some time to head out towards the Pacific. i too miss the salty air. wonderful post, made me long for it even more.

Judy/Just Beachy said...

Had I been there .. . I would probably still be there! Gathering shells and sea glass is addictive, and I operate on the theory that there's just one more beauty to be found if I keep on looking. Those are marvelous examples of truly sea-tumbled glass. Congrats to Tom on finding the "biggie." Think I'll wander down to the beach and hunt for agates this afternoon --you've inspired me.

simpledaisy said...

oh my...what fabulous finds! I have never found seaglass before:):)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

How awesome! If I'm ever in the area I will take my dog there. Fantastic sea glass finds. Have a great weekend.

Mary Lou said...

Do you sell seaglass or know where to buy it? So beautiful!

Mary Lou from Ohio (no sea glass here)

Mike said...

Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to visit this beach and see what treasures are on the shore.

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Amy said...

There are so many amazing places to take dogs in the Bay area, but I never knew of one that combines dog friendly WITH sea glass. This is wonderful!

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