Bodie Ghost Town and BLM boondocking

Travel planning while traveling full time is not easy.  You would think we have all the time in the world, but we keep getting pushed along by the #*%! cold weather.  (Remember we lived on the warm, southern coast for the last 20 years.)   The other thing that makes the travel planning tough is because of my “I want to see THAT and THAT and THAT” orientation which makes travel slow since there is something interesting every few miles.

Morning view - you can see snow capped mountain in distance

Morning view – you can see snow capped mountain in distance

Heading south along 395 in Eastern California, we wanted to see some friends we made in British Columbia who live in Bishop, CA so I plotted about four neat places to see along the way.

But when we hit the Sierra Nevada mountain range and started climbing in elevation and we spent a night at 7,000 feet in low 30’s temperature, I decided to pare the “I want to see” list down to one place.

Neat boondock location on BLM land

Neat boondock location on BLM land

 

We decided on stopping for a day trip into Bodie, California which is a old mining ghost town.  On the way to Bodie State Park is a few miles of BLM land.  We found a nice overnight spot without having to drive more than 1/4 mile off the road.

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. It is not the redone ‘tourist attraction’ type of town.  You can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people.

part of the many buildings - this is the largest mine building

Large grey building is mine production

Church

Church

Inside the church

Inside the church

Only a small number of the buildings have survived, preserved in a state of “arrested decay.” Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Only supporting of existing structures is allowed.

You are able to wander all the streets and look inside most of the the buildings. We marveled at all the stuff that had been left behind – beds, clothes, books, tools, etc.

It is a $5 fee per person and definitely worth it – we spent three hours looking at most of the area.  The road off Highway 395 is paved until the last 3 miles and then it is dusty, rough, and full of wash boards.  We took it very slow.

Inside school with lessons on board

Inside school with lessons on board

 

Bank vault and safe inside is very ornate

Bank vault and safe inside is very ornate

View down one of the streets

View down one of the streets

Dodge stuck in great shape

Dodge stuck in great shape

Creek bed with shrubs turning yellow

Creek bed with shrubs turning yellow

Beautiful aspens changing color

Beautiful aspens changing color

 

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5 Responses to Bodie Ghost Town and BLM boondocking

  1. Keith says:

    Great pics! Oh, and a great campsite! Have a great time seeking warmer climates.

  2. Parker Arnold says:

    Awesome pics, the ghost town is a must visit. Taking this trip must be a blast!

    • gconthemove says:

      It is a different type of historical perspective since it is not a ‘trumped up fake tourist attraction’. We could have spent lots of $$ on the neat books available about the local area history. We are always in amazement when we see the places and conditions people have worked in. Give the kids a hug for us!

  3. You sure are set up well for boondocking. We would love to be able to drive off the road and do that, but the Fireball sits pretty low. Envy you your ability to camp just about anywhere.

    We’ve had lots of cold wet weather here. Sure makes it hard to get going in the morning, doesn’t it?

    • gconthemove says:

      I admit to having envy of your rig too. I love the tent-type awning that you have on the Fireball since it really gives you some protection from the sun and rain with ability to be outside. We are loving the sun here in the high desert!

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