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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Haul it in

I mentioned a couple posts ago as to how expensive everything must have been for it all had to be brought it from far away over rough roads.  There are two roads into where Bodie lies, the main one being 13 miles long coming off of California Highway 395.  Another off of Highway 120 than runs along Mono Lake is longer.  Back in the day, the late 1870's, these roads were all rough-cut dirt and gravel made for horse or mule drawn wagons.  In time automobiles came on to the scene and the roads were improved...some.  Today that 13-mile road is paved except for the last few miles.

Rest assured, the improved road back then never looked this good.

By 1879, 5000 to 7000 people lived in Bodie just as the gold boom began to die.
So imagine hauling in food, supplies, building and mining materials, and of course fuel.
 Keep in mind Sacramento and San Francisco was a couple hundred miles to the west
 on the other side of the High Sierra mountains.

By 1910, 698 residents stayed on in Bodie rather than to move on to other mining opportunities.
Ten years later the population dwindled down to 120 hearty souls.
I wonder how much per gallon gasoline must have cost back then over normal prices.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day America

Since I'm currently re-visiting photos from Bodie Ghost Town, this picture of the entrance had the old Stars and Stripes blowing in the high mountain wind of the area.  
That's the best I could do for my 4th of July recognition this year.

Friday, July 3, 2015

As They Should Be

Really, pictures of Bodie probably ought to be as they were in that time period.

Sepia was the most prevalent tone for photos back then,

yet I prefer black & white over sepia.

Some would rather see the colors though so here you are.

The letters on the taller building in all three photos are I.O.O.F.
This was the Odd Fellows hall.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The General Store

I imagine items were very expensive having had to be hauled in from great distances.

Notice what looks like new sled runners.

Imagine being a woman and admiring the fancy dress in the display window
 knowing you could never afford to buy it.  But still, everyday you walk by the store just to dream.

You cannot go inside most of the buildings in Bodie, including the store.
Just look through the windows.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Water must have been a precious resource in Bodie as there are no flowing streams anywhere in the high country of the eastern Sierra where Bodie is located.
Notice another prop holding up a building.

 There was snow in the winters though.  But that would mean firewood to melt the snow and there are no trees in the area.  All timber was hauled in.

I guess they made up for it all by drinking more beer and whisky.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

At Bodie

If you like taking pictures of old weathered wood, Bodie is the place to go.

I like these curtains.

I see you...

do you see me?

The Park rangers live on site at Bodie due to it's remoteness 
and to be able to keep an eye on things during the hours the Park is closed. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Car

Could this be the car missing it's crankshaft from yesterday's post?

 This car happens to be one of the more photographed items at Bodie Ghost Town SP.

It's a mid to late 30's something that died at Bodie and someday will rust away to nothing.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Step Back into the Past

Since I have ran out of fresh photo material I thought I'd dip into some pictures from a few years back in our visit to Bodie Ghost Town on the eastern side of the High Sierra mountains.  Bodie State Park is a prime spot for the photographer.

Many wagons met the end of their road in Bodie.

Cars too.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Bloom?

From my cactus garden.  I'm not sure if this cactus has ever bloomed before or not.  It's getting hard for me to keep track of them all, but I thought I'd share anyway.

I have run out of photos from our last few road trips and don't have any plans to hit the road again until fall.  So I'll probably just revisit some images from the past over the summer months with maybe a few current ones thrown in every once in awhile...if something exciting happens.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Be Very Still

This guy was kind enough to sit still and pose for me.

That doesn't happen very often with lizards.  

Maybe he was just as interested in me as I was with him.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lines Down

Is someone wondering why their phone isn't working?
Repair service is slow in the remote desert wilderness.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Things I Find

I like to just go wandering off into the desert exploring about where I think no one has ever been before...then only to come across something like this.

Then I stand there looking all around wondering how did this get here?
There is nothing else in sight for as far as I can see.  
"Guess I am not the first person ever to come this way."

I am still waiting for the day I come up upon an old gun that has been left lying in the desert for 100 years.  You may think the chance of that is pretty remote but just recently one was found in Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  Click here to see a picture of it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nice Snake

Found him sleeping peacefully in the shade of a creosote bush.
Yes, it is a rattlesnake.  What a beauty.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ocotillo Blossom

Yes, it would be nicer if I had gotten closer for the photo 
but these are way up there higher than I am tall.

Friday, June 5, 2015

This Old Cottonwood

It lived quite a few years just fine in the harsh desert environment judging by the size, 
then it all of sudden it gave up and died.  
Perhaps the underground water source it relied upon changed course for some reason.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fire in the Sky

Sunset in the desert can really be amazing at times.

You must have some clouds though to really make it work to its finest.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Notice the spots from dust on my lens.  The desert is not nice to camera equipment.

Friday, May 29, 2015

My Buddy

He casts a long shadow

and has that aura about him,

nevertheless, the wind is not his friend.