We reluctantly departed South Lake Tahoe and set off for the next destination on our road trip – the beautiful Yosemite National Park. Because the check-in at our accommodation in Yosemite wasn’t until 5pm, we planned to make a quick stop on the way at Bodie, California – a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Bodie began as a mining camp in 1859 after the discovery of gold by William S. Bodey. It quickly grew to nearly 10,000 residents by 1880 however after 1881, mining diminished and homes and businesses were abandoned.
Today, only a small part of Bodie remains and is a ghost town in a preserved state of “arrested decay”. It was a fascinating place to visit – here are the best of our photos from the afternoon:
Admission into Bodie State Historic Park is $7 for adults and $5 for children aged 6-16 (children 5 and under are free). Only cash or personal/travelers checks are accepted at the park entrance station.
Another important thing to remember is that Bodie is at a high elevation so remember to bring sunscreen, water and take it slow!
We got back onto Highway 395 and made the short drive down to the Mono Lake Vista Point. This spot provided a spectacular view of Mono Lake and the surrounding mountains and we put together this panorama. Click on the image below to check out a larger version.
Arrival into Yosemite National Park
The drive into Yosemite National Park provided some of the most scenic views we’ve ever seen! We arrived at our accommodation in Yosemite Valley just after 6pm and spotted a bear cub as we approached where we were staying! Unfortunately we missed out on getting a photograph (we’re disappointed, believe us!) so this picturesque landscape shot will have to do for now.
We’re currently road tripping through California thanks to the generous help of Fox Rent A Car.