Bodie Ghost Town in California

Taking the long way back from a visit to Lake Tahoe, we drove over the Sierra Nevada to my beloved 395. The day unplanned I suggested we visit Bodie. I hope the pictures do this little adventure back in time some justice!

Bodie Ghost Town

A view of the Sierra Nevada near Bridgeport

Bodie Ghost Town

We took backroads – Aurora Canyon Road from Bridgeport which turned into Bodie Masonic Road 

First glimpse

First glimpse of the desolate landscape and a desolate town

Bodie Ghost Town

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” Lord Acton

Bodie Ghost Town

Peering through windows and squinting in wonder

Bodie Ghost Town

My imagination lifts the dust to a bustling kitchen

Bodie Ghost Town

What blowing clouds and starry nights you’ve withstood

It's no classic cathedral but the intricacies are just as fascinating

It’s no classic cathedral of Europe but the intricacies are just as fascinating

Bodie Ghost Town

Can you believe, Bodie rivals Barrow (Alaska) for the place with the most nights below freezing in the USA

Some buildings are recreated, renewed, reborn, like this one was during its hey-day

Bodie Ghost Town

The gold mine glowed for a little while. Bodie boomed from late 1877 through late 1880

Bodie Ghost Town

By reflecting on history we can better reflect on the potential of the future

Bodie Ghost Town

Old wood what stories you have

Bodie Ghost Town

Peering in to peeling wallpaper

Some things never change, at least in our short lifetimes

Some things never change, at least in our short lifetimes

Bodie Ghost Town

Murders and thieving, brawls and bar fights were common (blame the weather and lack of trees?)

Bodie Ghost Town

On a lighter note, Ghiardelli’s Chocolate is still going strong

Bodie Ghost Town

You can prop up history all you like, but eventually the truth comes out…

Bodie Ghost Town

Someone still lives here. A parks ranger, full time. What an existence.

I’ve never been to such a living museum. Many of the buildings are how they were found when people just up and left. Unfortunately so is the environment with tailings ponds and open mindshafts left like scar tissue around this place that glimmered high on the plateau in the late 1800s.

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