Before we went to our campsite, we decided to kill a little bit of time and go scout out Mono Lake. Scott wanted an idea of what was there for sunrise the next morning. It wasn’t what we thought, but was somewhat interesting. The water is similar to the Great Salt Lake, salty. We weren’t too impressed with that. We did walk around and it was good. There were some little bugs around, so it was interesting.
After we got the tent set up, Milo had fun playing in the tent. Monica and Scott had a short nap, we all ate dinner, and we decided to head out to Bodie State Historic Park. We wanted to be there for sunset. Little did we know that the park actually closes at 7:00 pm…a little bit before sunset. We saw the sign informing us of closing time about 15 miles from Bodie, but decided to press on even though we’d only have about an hour. How big could it be? A hour should probably be plenty anyway. When we came around the mountain and saw the ghost town we were in shock because it looked actually looked bigger than a few buildings. When we pulled up to the entrance booth, the guy asked us if we were Friends of Bodie. We told him no. He said that they were having a Friends of Bodie day that day. We did get the very informative brochure for a minimal price and luckily found a parking space.
After looking at the brochure, we realized that this was a huge ghost town. It had 67 buildings for you to go around and see. We decided that we’d just see the highlights. The church, the school, the doctor’s office, the firehouse and a few other houses.
Scott had seen the Bodie church in several photos. He had to take a bit of time photographing it. It was the one shot he knew he wanted.
It was a very cool ghost town. It seems that everything was left in the same spot. Since it was Friends of Bodie day, there were a lot of people there dressed up to play the part. There was a guy who was pulling a mail carriage. Milo insisted following it around. He apparently wanted to see the horses.
We didn’t find out why everyone left the town (Scott assumes that the mine was no longer profitable), but it was one of th worst towns around in the old days. In 1879, there were around 10,000 people in the town. One little girl wrote in her diary, “Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie.” There were more than 50 saloons in town and everyone seemed to be bad boys there.
We were told to leave when it got a little bit before 7:00. Scott did manage to get a great shot of the mill in town on the edge of the town right before the sun went down.
We decided that we definitely have to go back when we have more time to explore. It was a lot of fun.
We went back to our camping spot and went to sleep. We woke up before sunrise so that Scott could be to Mono Lake to take pictures. Monica and Milo stayed in the car, because it seemed better since it was cold, muddy, and they were tired. The things sticking out of the water are called Tufas.
Milo had quite a fun time “playing” in the tent. It was hilarious to see him dealing with the sun. His one-eyed jack picture is classic Milo. The next picture shows Milo looking through the mesh in the tent at folks walking by outside. He is a funny little boy.
While Scott and Milo were waiting for Monica to finish up in the bathroom, Milo decided it would be fun to cover his feet with the dirt. He enjoys playing and throwing dirt.