If you've never heard of it, Bodie was a boom gold mining town in the east side of the Sierras. It's now a California state park, and since it is close to Bridgeport where my brother and I camped in May, we decided to go there on our last day. I'd been there before (1990), but I do not remember being as entranced with the place as I was this time.
Here's the inside of the church--
Paul and I wandered the streets for hours, peering into the interiors which have been kept in a state of "arrested decay." Some of the buildings house park employees- obviously, we weren't peering into those. But it was fascinating looking at the relics of years long gone, even through glass. Those are my favorite pictures from the trip.
The general store looked like I could walk in and place an order- although it would be extremely dusty! Many of the windows have been replaced with modern glass, but some of the buildings had the original.
This is a photo looking into the pool hall/casino- I think this one is through original glass. We figured out we could get good photos by placing the camera lens flat against the windows, which is how most of these were taken.
The three photos above were taken in the only residence that allowed visitors inside.
My favorite photos, however, were surprises. Look closely at these next ones.
In the first, you can see my shadow, peering into the bar. In the second, you can see me and Paul, looking into the pool hall. But the best one has no people at all in it.
I love how the interior and exterior are juxtaposed on this one. It has some quality that I am having a hard time finding at word for, but I find it mesmerizing.