Friday, July 8, 2011
Mammoth camping/Bodie ghost town
The husband and I just took a quick camping trip up to Mammoth. Wanting to get some reference of the old ghost town Bodie called for such an occasion. We stayed at a great place called Twin Lakes. There was still a lot of snow on the ground, and the campsites had just opened for the season, after an unusually long snow session.
Our spot was very close to the lake, which is fed by this huge waterfall.
We took a day trip out to Bodie, which was the second largest city in its day in California.
5% of the original buildings remain in Bodie, after fires and the test of time have taken their toll. There are many buildings left, including a great gold mill. The town is left in a time warp, you can peer inside buildings and see them in the condition they were left in.
It is very creepy, yet hard to stop looking, in a voyeuristic fashion.
Bodie is a great park to visit, bring good shoes, there's lots to see, and lots of walking.
The great outdoors reminds you of the beauty of nature. This little guy came right up to me, he liked the beep sound of my camera, and almost posed for some action shots.
This deer ran through our campsite, Erik got a quick shot of him.
The last night, we awoke to a loud rustling sound-a bear was in our camp! Erik and I turned our flashlight on, and he made a loud growling sound. He tried to crouch down behind the picnic table, but Erik saw his eyes in the light. It was very hard to get back to sleep after that. The next morning we found he had bitten and clawed through our camp stuff looking for food. They give you a big metal lock box for your food, and he was probably desperate for some smores or something!
All in all a very relaxing trip!