Today – Bodie
I am surprised that many people have never heard of Bodie. During its heyday, it was known as one of the roughest places in the West.
“There’s a story about a little girl whose family was moving from San Francisco to Bodie; Depending on who tells it, she wrote in her diary either: “Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie”-or-“Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie”. “
There was a time when there was at least 1 killing a day. Townspeople would ask, “Have a man for breakfast?”, meaning did anyone get killed?
It has been a state park for many years. The state of California keeps it in what they call “arrested decay” meaning that they won’t rebuild falling walls – but they will put lumbar up to keep a weak wall from falling.
It is up at about 8,400 feet on the eastern side of the Sierras, close to the Nevada border. There are plenty of pictures of Bodie; people come from all over the world to photograph the site. I’ll include some of mine, but also wanted you to get a true feeling for being there, with my 34 second video of just Bodie, and the wind….
Leaving Bodie. To get there you leave US 395 on 10 miles of paved road and 3 miles of dirt road…You can see the eastern side of the Sierras.
Fall in the High Sierras…
That concludes my road trip – 2,700 miles in 9 days…
Part 1 is here
Part 2 is here
Part 3 is here
Part 4 is here
Part 5 is here
Part 6 is here
Part 7 is here
Part 8 is here
Part 9 is here