Mono Basin and Bodie State Park

Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Monday, June 25, 2007

After visiting Devils Postpile I got back on 395 but this time heading north.  The scenary on the drive was amazing with the snow covered mountain range off to the left of the highway.  I stopped at Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area to view and learn about the lake and this unique ecosystem.  The lake is 60 square miles and over a million years old.  It has no outlet so over the years salts and minerals have accumulated and the lake is now three times more salty than the Pacific Ocean.  The lake also has eerie tufa towers shooting through the water.  Mono's islands are volcanic and still active.

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.
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