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.
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