Thursday, June 19, 2008

Road Trip 4 or Finding Bodie

Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie.
19th century young girl

Bodie is a ghost town in the Eastern Sierra Nevada's in a state of arrested decay. It has become a California State Park. It will either enthrall you or keep you to one trip. I'm one of the enthralled. This was my second trip and my camera still found only a few of the treasures I wanted to capture. Bodie was known for it's rise and decline over a period of 80 years or so. It stared as a gold rush town with a peak of 10,000, known for lawlessness/immorality and ended with buildings still standing that offer a small glimpse into a compelling time of history. The land is bleak and harsh with extreme winters and summers. One can only wonder at the people who tried to carve out their life there. I'm hoping to go back again in the early fall before the snows arrive to find out more about the lives that were lived there.

Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, "After the Goldrush":

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