Bodie is a ghost town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California about 20 miles north of Mono Lake and 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.
I came to Bodie cutting through Yosemite National Park, a wild three hour drive from the valley that day along mountain roads that rise and fall, twist and turn. The old gold mining town had its zenith in the end of the 19th century before slowly dissolving, abandoned as the mines dried up and people left for work. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and came under the management of the state of California.
You can walk around the remaining 110 buildings, peer into the windows, and wonder what it was like to live here. But, even in summer, Bodie rarely experiences a month where the temperature doesn’t fall well below freezing at least a few times, rivaling notorious Barrow, Alaska for the most freezing nights in the United States.