Bodie the Ghost Town is located 20 Miles from Bridgeport,the first 15Miles are paved and the rest is a dirt road.
The whole town is a State Park and every one is charged 5$ entering the town,I also suggest to bring food and water as there is non in town, there is no shade and it is not handicap friendly, besides all this it is an interesting place if you are into Ghost Towns.
Only 5-15 State Park Rangers live in town that was totally deserted since 1960 ,everything was left in place since then and it looks like in few years a lot of history will be lost, although the State is using the fees to restore some houses.
Inside the houses (not open to the public) it looks even worse,dust,small animals and weather are taking a toll on the place.
The only place that was open to visitors was the Museum where we meet a nice lady ranger telling us that the State funds are not enough to keep this important place from falling apart…so go to see it now before it does.
We wondered around for 3 hours without taking a guided tour to the Gold Mine as there were only heavy old machineries on display and we had enough of this laying around.
I think that if houses were open and a ranger would talk about the life there,a bar should be open and so should the hotel,a video showing how life was then-it would bring more visitors….and make a difference.
It was hot,we got thirsty and had no where to sit,so we made our way back “home” to have lunch before hitting the hot pools we thought we deserved.
Grilled fish,salad,beans ,beer,a short rest and we were like new again.
At around 5PM we headed to Travertine Natural Hot Pools (free) just 10 Miles from our C.G,this half of the day made a difference.
And then came the sunset….
Life is good you only have to grab what is given and not let it pass next to you.