Friday, January 9, 2015


Mono Lake

The last ten miles:  never paved, created for travel by stagecoach.

Frozen in time, and in "arrested decay," Bodie was, in the late 1800s, one of the busiest gold mining towns in California, with a population beyond 10,000.

The miners lived here during scorching summers and brutal winters, supported by food merchants, saloons, brothels, and gunslingers, all eager for a slice of the treasure they unearthed from the ground.

Everyone is long gone; Bodie has been fully abandoned for over half-a-century.

Now it is the largest, best-preserved ghost town in the country; a California landmark and state park.