Back to Bodie, CA for another challenge! This one is the letter "B". Well, BODIE has plenty of BUILDINGS, so here goes! Sunday Stills Challenge for May 10, 2010.
Somebody asked if people still live here. Bodie was a gold/silver mining town in the late 1800's, early 1900's. After a fire, 95% of the town burned down and this is all that is left. It is a state park and closes at sundown every day. I believe it is CLOSED during winter, too, since the day we drove by, the snow was piled up very high. You drive a very long road (13 or 14 miles) into Bodie and 9 miles of that are dirt and VERY uneven. The only residents now are state park rangers. I found a few photos of the houses that were renovated for the rangers. It is on a high, windy plateau and is VERY cold in winter and VERY hot in summer. In fact, we went there twice. The first afternoon (and Bodie closes about 4:00 p.m.) it was extremely hot and we didn't have water! So, we returned the next morning for more pics. If you go, check the weather forecast before you head out there, and in summer, bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. As you notice, there are no trees in Bodie. It is a photographer's dream and we can't wait to return to Bodie this summer.