Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
The most amazing place! It's like you go back in time but not in a reenactment type way. There are no people in hoop skirts and corsets (well maybe, but only of the paranormal kind) trying desperately to speak with a twang. It's EMPTY. It's also not cheesed up with snack bars and ice cream shops, so you may want to pack a snack and drinks because it's a fairly long run up that hill. It really IS a ghost town left as it has been but thoughtfully repaired as needed over the years. There are old beds and chairs and kitchen utensils in the homes, desks in the school, pews in the church. You can freely enter some buildings, others you may only stand in the open door and still others where you can peek in the windows. It's hauntingly beautiful with the wind whistling through town. If you find yourself in the area or even at that end of Yosemite it really is worth taking an extra day to check it out. I know it had been closed for earthquake damages right before we visited so it's important to check the website just in case, also check the road conditions in winter because the surrounding highways regularly close for winter. I think everyone should see Bodie at least once because there is nothing like it anywhere, and frankly it can't last forever and then it will truly be gone. TIP: do a little research before you go so you have an idea of the story of Bodie and, of course the curse!