The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bodie Hotel cont.


 That is a nice service to have at a hotel.

Just imagine...

I wonder if they were in the middle of some remodeling 
then just decided to close up the business for good and walked away from it.

So this was the best to be had in Bodie when you stepped down out from the stagecoach 
after a long hot dusty day of traveling to get here.



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bodie Hotel Outside Looking In


The main room which included the dining area.  
Looking from the right over to the left through the windows.
Note the old canteen and the bar in back.

That cockeyed blackboard on the back wall reads: Today's Special. Something and onions.  I cannot make out the first word.  It may be liver.  I like liver and onions.  "I'll have the Special, ma'am."

Notice that fancy undercarriage for the pool table.

I'll sit at the kid's table too.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Bodie Hotel



I'll show some interior shots but first I will sit out here and have a smoke.  Can you imagine the men of Bodie being time-travelled to today's cities and having to go outside to smoke their cigarettes, cigars and pipes?  I remember Old Gold cigarettes.  Wondering if they are still around I did some research and found that they are but are hard to find and there is no advertising done for them by R.J. Reynolds who now owns the brand.  They date back into 1800's when they were sold in 
paper-wrapped bundles. 

No, I don't smoke and never did.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Typical Scene in Bodie


This was a hard life, no doubt about it.

  The cold for me would be the worst aspect of living here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

More Discards


From someone's bed?

Something I would use to drain oil in but most likely it was for cooking.

 This just might be have been big enough to take a bath in?
Hmm...maybe not.

Oops, gotta go.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bodie & Snow


Another discarded wash basin.  You can see by the mountains in the distance that Bodie is not too far away from ever receiving snow.  Elevation 8,379 feet (2,554 meters)

Another example of re-purposing materials.  Looks like the snow caved in the roof some. or maybe the building was made with a sway-back ridge.

 This can was spared the indignity of being ripped open, flattened and nailed to the side of a building.


Friday, August 21, 2015

More Interior Views #2


I am sure that wiring met code...Bodie code that is.

With the size of bedrooms in homes today...

I wonder what a Bodie resident would think.


The door molding held up well.


I thought this image looked good in black and white also.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flea Market Find


This is Svea 123 backpacker stove, made in Sweden all in brass.  With only one moving part, the valve, they have a well-established record of reliability among weekend hikers to extreme mountain climbers alike.  It runs on white gas (Coleman fuel) and is self-pressurizing, meaning no pumping to build pressure in the tank. You prime (preheat) the stove with a small amount of fuel placed in a shallow reservoir beneath the burner, light it, which heats up the tubing thus vaporizing the gas for ignition at the burner.  Very ingenious.  

The first model the 123, was introduced in 1955.  Then in 1969 the 123R came on with the only difference being a built-in cleaning needle in the burner.  This is that model and it was sold in 1976.
How do I know that?

It was still in the original box along with the sales receipt from North Face!  Someone paid $25 for it back then.  Today brand new ones which are identical to this sell for $100.  I paid $5.

It comes with a aluminum cup and handle

which is the cover for when you pack it away.
 I bought it from a seller who gets his junk from unclaimed storage lockers.  I know the stove was well-cared for - who else would keep it stored in its original box along with the instructions and the receipt? I could tell the little stove was well used from the patina to it also all the black soot that was on it.  I wanted to remove the soot but leave the patina alone which soaking in some vinegar for a few minutes did the job.  Some people really polish the brass out which makes them look brilliant but I didn't want that.  I feel bad for the person who once owned this and probably lost his storage locker for one reason or another to auction.  It would be neat to know all the wilderness places this little stove has been. And yes, it works great with their little pulsating roaring sound like a jet engine at take off.  It boiled a cup of water in three minutes.





Monday, August 17, 2015

More Interior Views


Remember, these are taken through dirty windows.

Nice wallpaper.

Not so nice ceiling paper.  
Did they make ceiling paper or did someone use wallpaper on the ceiling? 

Is this an oil burner heater?  I don't for this was before my time.

Another room where the coverings did not hold up to well.  Most of the rooms in homes had cotton fabric ceiling coverings so the one above in paper was different from most.



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bodie Waste Management Company


There wasn't one.  Everyone just tossed their refuse out the back door.
It is fun to try a figure out what the various cans may have contained.

Think of all the jobs that basin was used for.

The large one gallon container held what?  Cooking oil?  Lamp oil? 

Another basin just like the one above.  Perhaps these are what the general store in Bodie sold.

Here the neck of a medicine bottle.  Doc Johnson's Snake Oil Elixir perhaps.

I like the colored glass the bottles of that day were made from.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Bodie Schoolhouse

The schoolhouse is one of the few buildings in Bodie that withstood the weather, fires, the passage of time and general neglect quite well.

The rest of these pictures were a challenge to get shooting through dusty windows and trying to eliminate reflection and glare from the sun.  The best way to overcome all of that was setting the end of the lens flush to the glass and hope for the best.

Nice to see they had a music program.

In Bodie you learned skills that would serve you well as an adult.  Bodie was a mining town so the boys learned about mining.  (I',m just making this stuff up so don't pay attention to me)

  A 100 years ago global warming was not a concern.  Today at the Bodie schoolhouse we can see the effects of global warming 100 years from now on the globe setting right next to the window getting baked by the sun every day.  
The Bodie school environmental science program was way ahead of its time.

I couldn't help but think that the front part of the school room was "staged" what with the chalk writing still on the blackboards.  
If you click on the picture you should be able to read everything there is to read.

If I were a student in the Bodie school I'd be watching that clock.  
I did a lot of clock-watching in school.