Falling over at the ghost town

Trip Start Oct 05, 2011
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Trip End Oct 29, 2011


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

We headed out of Bishop with me driving for a change (I can't say I did masses of driving as I was better at navigation).  We had a quick look at Mono Lake, a natural salt lake, but due to the altitude we didn't walk across to the salt tufas as I needed to save my energy for Bodie.

Bodie was an extremely big town in the hills of California (10,000 people at it's height) which was there because of the gold rush, but it was abandoned and is now a ghost town.  It is up a big hill (9000 feet up) and the last 3 miles of the journey was rough road.  It was interesting trying to get up there as going over 10 miles an hour caused the van to shake too much and there were big drops on the passenger side.  After shaking all our fillings free we got there and it was surprisingly busy (although would be more busy if there was a proper road.  One thing we did see on the way up was some sheep farming.  It was the first time we had seen sheep in the US!

Bodie was really interesting and it had only 5% of the original buildings standing so this place was really massive.  It is in the middle of nowhere yet they had all mod cons!  One of the houses we were able to go into and they had fancy wallpaper and lino.  You can see that some people had made a lot of money from the gold rush.  Other places we had to peer into the windows, but I discovered that putting my iphone against the windows stopped the reflections and gave some good pictures.

We wandered about on the flat bit but because of the altitude I had to go very slowly and even Dad began to feel dizzy so had to sit down.  On our way back to the van we stopped at the loos but I missed a smallish curb and fell right over and slid onto the gravel.  I haven't fallen onto gravel since I was a child and it bloody hurt.  I had to pick gravel out of my own hand and had a massively bruised knee (a knee which is still bruised a week later). 
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