Friday, October 22, 2021

Bodie, California - Walking through a Ghost town


Bodie was founded in the 1860s, after W.S. Bodey discovered gold here. It became a booming mining town through the late 1870s, but that quickly died down by the early 1880s. 

The town didn't instantly become a ghost town though; people continued to live there through the 40s and 50s. 

That's why you can see things in Bodie that are from the 1880s, the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. 

A cool way to see how the town's population changed from beginning to end. Each picture is taken from the same place in a different time period. 

View of a firehouse that was built in the late 1930s after a bad fire that burned most of the town.

The Methodist Church was built in the 1880s

A lot of the homes had metal siding

Most of Bodie is looking in through windows

looking in through the schoolhouse windows

looking in through the morgue windows, things looked a little staged

You can tell Savannah is done.

Bodie, California

This was probably taken in 1989. 

We tried to replicate the 1989 picture (it was not easy sitting perched on those spokes!)

....and it was not easy getting up there

.....nor was it easy getting down


Bodie, California


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Day trip on the Northern California Coast - Hendy Woods

Our first stop was the Hendy Woods. It was mostly empty, so it was a nice way to get out and walk some easy trails and see some huge redwoods. 

...and then we walked back out of the forest.


This was the first beach we saw after driving through the mountains, so we got out and walked around. 

We had to take a detour on our way to the coast, because one of the main roads was closed. We had a rough ride on a back road, but we finally made it through.