|Not a Buster Keaton film set. Bodie, CA|
Place: Bodie State Historical Park, California
Coordinates: 38.216271, -119.004687
Length: as many rounds as desired.
Bodie has been on my wish list ever since my friend had been there with her family and returned with interesting story and photos. Still, it took me over six years to get there. Even when I finally did, I cannot say that the town of Bodie has been on top of my interest list: the main reason Bodie made it into our trip's agenda was the chance of seeing sage grouse.
Bodie is an interesting place, no doubt. The largest and most famous of California's mining ghost towns that sprung to life at 1875 when gold and silver were found at Bodie Hills, and died when the ore run out and hard living combined with calamities such as fire had finally driven all its human residents away.
Bodie became a California State Park on 1962 and has been a draw for fascinated tourists ever since.
Lat week we finally got to visit Bodie. We were camping with friends at the Crags Campground near Bridgeport for the weekend and it was a perfect opportunity to explore this park.
|Bodie: a view to the south.|
|A local Resident|
|Local residents: Cliff Swallow|
|Drop everything and go! A kitchen in Bodie through a window glass.|
|Purse Milkvetch (Astragalus purshii)|
|Humboldt River Milkvetch (Astragalus iodanthus)|
|Matted Lupine (Lupinus breweri)|
I remembered where I was. Mining rubble, still waiting for the vegetation to rehabilitate the earth.
|Mining rubble at Bodie|
Looking at the sun above there were little suns below.
|School's Out Forever!|
|Belding's Ground Squirrel|
But then again, even on the way back I saw another spring bloom: low cinquefoil flowers that were hidden in the grass.
|I don't think I should buy a house in this street.|
On the following day we would be back in the area of Bodie Hills, this time for a real hike and another shot at seeing the sage grouse.