Mono Basin and Bodie State Park
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
60Trip End Jul 26, 2007
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Next I continued north and stopped at Bodie State Historic Park. It is a GIGANTIC ghost town of the remains of Bodie from the 1880's. The town was named for Waterman S. Body who discovered gold there. In 1879 Bodie had a population of 10,000 and was one of the wickedest towns of the west.
From Bodie I continued driving many hours north and went up some very scenic roads. There was switchback after switchback after switchback up a mountain and it was impossible to drive more than 15 MPH with the sharp turns. At one point I was so high up that I could look down on a lower mountain range. Looking out my side window was like looking down from a plane window.
As I emerged from the scenic roads north I turned onto 50 west and caught a great view of the raging Tahoe forest fires that the nation was watching on the news. I could see mushroom clouds of smoke rising from the forest. As I traveled west (away from the fires) I passed well over 40 or 50 fire trucks headed toward the disaster.