Eastern California The high plains of the siErra nEvadas
We arrived by way of Reno, Nevada and headed to Bridgeport. It is a small town of just 500-600 residents. It's a tiny western town which makes you realize that the towns you saw in Western movies really do exist and they look essentially the same, with a little less dirt and a little more paint.
Bodie Ghost Town
There are a lot of areas to see. One of those places was Bodie.
It was a 13 mile drive off the highway on a nicely paved curving road with the last 3 miles being a dirt road. I would really like to know why they stopped paving 3 miles from the end. Was it to give visitors the full affect of 1880? Bodie, California was a gold mining boom town from 1877 to 1880. In 1880, it was the second largest city in California. From then on the city was in decline until a boy started a fire and burned down 90% of the town. That pretty much finished it. We were told that so many possessions were left behind because there was a tax on the weight of all cargo leaving the town so it was cheaper to leave their things behind and rebuy them rather than to pay tax and move them.
Mono Lake Tufas