Bodie ghost town is buried deep inside Bodie State Park. It's a bit off the beaten track - 31 miles off the beaten track, to be precise. That's where Lee Vining, the nearest hint of civilization hangs out. On Route 395, just down off the Tioga Pass.
After about 8 miles up the Bodie Road, it suddenly runs out and the dirt track begins. All 5 miles of it. It's here where you begin to wonder whether the hire car company has equipped you with a spare type, and why you said "no" to that 24-hour roadside assist insurance. I mean, who needs THAT!
Once you get to Bodie, battered, bruised and a little bothered, it's quite interesting in a 'I haven't got much to do for a couple of hours' sort of way. If it's your leaning, it is of fantastic historic interest.
It wasn't always so. It used to be a very large, busy working community, mining gold and silver. The town was segregated into communities - depending upon one's status, occupation and nationality. A bit like Birmingham.
It's good to have a wander around dilapidation once in a while, and this place fits the bill perfectly for that. A couple of fires wiped out a significant part of the town, so you'll have to rely upon your imagination to conjurer up what it must have been like, like.
I don't recall and food and drink facilities, so do take what you need. Restroom facilities border the car park- but take along your own personal hand sanitizer gel (as you should with with most of these desert park places littered across California and Nevada).
As for ghosts? Not exactly, but I did get a shiver down my spine anticipating the dirt track back to civilization.
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