Hi friends! It’s been a while. Way too long, actually. Life has been super busy. But, I’m glad to be back and I hope to hear from you all.
Last week, my family and I went on a road trip to the Eastern Sierra – a remote, stunningly beautiful area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The area is filled with alpine lakes, snow capped mountains, tiny little villages, and a ghost town named Bodie. In its heyday from 1877-1882, Bodie had 10,000 residents, 60 saloons, and produced more than $35 million in gold and silver. Now, it’s just a dusty, extremely remote abandoned town in a state of arrested decay. It was a very cool place to visit.
The last resident left Bodie in 1942, but by that time, the town was long past its glory days of the late 1800s. Around 50 buildings still exist on the settlement, which represents only 5 percent of the amount Bodie had at its peak.
Another cool stop was Mono Lake, which is comprised of massive amounts of salt. In fact, its one of the saltiest lakes on earth. Because of the salt content, not much life can survive in the lake other than a few organisms, including tiny little creatures called brine shrimp.
Those interesting rock formations pictured above and below are called tufa (limestone that forms below the lake through a chemical reaction between fresh spring water and salt water.) Some of the tufa are huge towers, but we couldn’t get close enough to those to grab a good shot.
It was awesome to get away for a few days in a slow-paced area imbedded in unspoiled nature. Hope you enjoy the photos! 🙂