Ghost Town, Bodie California

On the way to Yosemite, I took a detour to visit the Ghost Town of Bodie California.  It’s a thirteen mile drive into the town of Bodie from hwy 395,  ten miles of pavement and three of which are a washboard combined with boulders. I was doing about 35 at times, but it was racking the heck out of my truck, so I decided to slow down. I wasn’t in a hurry anyway.  I had to pull off for quite a few that were doing about 45 mph and swerving all over the road due to the washboarding.   I reached the entrance and there was a Ranger there to greet me. Very nice man, told me to pay up at the parking lot instead of at the unmanned booth.  Im glad I had change.  As of the new year of 2010 the fee is 7.00 and 2.00 if you want a nice program that gives you a map and a story about Bodie.  I sprung for the map.  It was nice to know what I was photographing.  The temperature was 55 and sunny.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a snack.  Its a huge place and a long walk to the actual mining part of it.  The Cemetary is up on the left as you drive in to the parking area.  Bodie is the largest preserved Ghost town in the United States. With an elevation of 8379 it has a record setting temperature range from 50 below 0 in winter to 125 in the summer. Bodie started out as a mining camp in 1859. It became a Boomtown in 1876 after the discovery of a profitable line of gold and the population grew to 7000 shortly thereafter. Only 5% of the buildings remain due to a couple of fires, but well preserved.

Road into Bodie

Road into Bodie

Heading into Bodie

Heading into Bodie

Old Store Fronts

Old Store Fronts

School House

School House

Old Typewriter

Old Typewriter

Chair and Hat

Chair and Hat

The Standard Consolidated Mine

The Standard Consolidated Mine

House

House

View of Bodie from the Cemetery

View of Bodie from the Cemetery

Cemetery

Cemetery

Cemetery

Cemetery

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Ranger

Ranger

Reed Cloud Mine Equipment

Reed Cloud Mine Equipment

Town Of Bodie Marker

Town Of Bodie Marker

What the kitchen looked like back in the day

What the kitchen looked like back in the day

James and Martha Cain Home

James and Martha Cain Home

About Sally

“All too often, we take for granted the gifts of nature that surround us everyday.” With her camera, Sally Hanrahan captures images that move the spirit and imagination, and marries those images of spiritual, natural, and rugged beauty with the changing of the seasons. Originally from Michigan, Sally’s interest as a photographer came at the early age of fifteen. Her parent’s love of nature influenced her appreciation for the beauty and serenity that Mother Earth created. Her Grandmother’s love of photography and her Mother’s amazing talent with oils and watercolors brought to life the landscapes she yearned to visit. A self trained photographer with a natural talent, Sally has been capturing landscapes for over 30 years. Her pictures were shown at the 2007 Sierra Autumn Photo Exhibit at Bartley Ranch and won the 2nd place People’s Choice Award for ‘Fall at Caughlin Ranch.’ Sally took first place in two categories for the Nevada Magazine’s 2011 Great Nevada Picture Hunt and won Event runner up in 2015. She has shown ‘Fighting Mustangs’, a tribute to the wild horses of Nevada, both at the Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville, NV for the Wild Mustang Exhibit, and at the Truckee River Gallery in Reno for the ‘Art of the Horse’ exhibit. She was among those who showed at the Patagonia outlet for the Winnemucca Ranch fundraiser. In addition, Sally has presented her photo art periodically at the Truckee River Gallery in downtown Reno and for the Nevada Land Trust Fundraisers at Rancho San Rafael Wilbur D. May Museum. Sally moved to Reno in 2006, and devotes her high energy and free time to hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. She has worked as a landscape designer for over 25 years and is especially fond of perennial gardens. The landscape is her pallet and her camera is always hanging from her shoulder ready for the next breathtaking shot. “The journey that you take is more important than your destination” Unknown www.sallyhanrahanphotography.com salgal777@me.com
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