USA Wanderings: Walking Around with the Ghosts of Bodie
Yesterday was all lined up to be an amazing day of photography as we traveled through Nevada again and then back to California. Part of the trip was to stop off at Bodie. We were very excited to go there and see what we would find. A ghost town is something I never thought I would ever get to see.
We had to drive up a road that led to nowhere, or so it seemed. Part of the road was sealed and then we had to drive on a dirt road. Slowly it came into view.
We had to pay to go into it, $15 a car and then two dollars for the brochure. That kind of set the mood, plus all the cars we followed into it, and the cars following us. The holiday weekend was over, but the place was full of people. It was hot, dusty and busy.
The place is maintained, which I was surprised about. In my mind not really a ghost town, but the remnants of a town that is now always being restored. When things start to fall apart, they fix them. Some buildings had collapsed, but that may have happened before they started maintaining it. When you walk around you can’t quite work out whether it is meant to be a representation of what life was like, or a ghost town that will just fade away. It seems to be somewhere in between.
I did like seeing inside the buildings, though there were very few that you could see inside, and most of the time you had to look through dirty glass. The above image was taken in a house that they have set up for you to go in. I would have liked to have seen more of that. I like the element of life.
I will just leave you with some more photos of the town. It was fun to go there, and I’m glad I did, but it wasn’t quite what I thought a ghost town would be like. There are other places and I think I would seek them out if I really wanted to see one. I won’t have any time to do that this time, but maybe in the future, you never know.
Here is a gallery with a few more photos.