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aostling
08-10-2007, 11:48 PM
I have just returned from a three day drive from the San Francisco Bay area to Phoenix. I crossed the Sierra Nevada over Ebbett's Pass and camped there. Driving south the next day on US 395 I saw the turn-off for the ghost town of Bodie. Now that I am retired, I could think of no reason to pass up the 13-mile detour.

I first saw Bodie in 1965, before it became a state park. It has changed little, except that some of the roofs have been replaced to keep the buildings from further deterioration. There is mining machinery scattered everywhere.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/Bodie.jpg

Here is a fire hydrant. I'm not sure if this photo belongs on the forum, but I'm sure your dog would approve.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/firehydrant.jpg

This winding machinery has nice handles on the levers. If you have CNC and need to turn a handle for a lever, I commend this shape -- it is a comfortable grip.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/windingdrums.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/handle.jpg

Chester
08-12-2007, 07:58 PM
More Bodie photos:

http://www.pbase.com/zeroscan/bodie2

BadDog
08-12-2007, 08:17 PM
Looks like the basic shape of my preferred file handles.

Edit: BTW, I absolutely love the authentic unrestored (read commercialized) ghost towns. Orra Belle is one that is close to town here, up north of Lake Pleasant. Then you drive up the rim an old railroad bed switch back to Crown King about 2000 straight up, beautiful views if your not agoraphobic. Some places the road bed is so narrow you have to fold in the mirrors on a full size truck like mine. Also, up near CK is an Anasazi ruin reportedly around 1500+ years old. And "Fort Missery". Lots of cool stuff. This is the whole reason for my third truck that we call the "Expedition Rig". Thanks for the pics!

aostling
08-12-2007, 11:59 PM
More Bodie photos:

http://www.pbase.com/zeroscan/bodie2

These are great images. Many are taken inside the buildings, off limits to most visitors. I saw a photographer inside the grocery store taking photos with a view camera. He was accompanied by a park ranger. I tried the door to see if I could get in too, but they had it locked.

I did get "inside" this bank vault, by sticking my camera through the small opening you see. With the camera flash I was able to get a photo of the huge safe inside. That must have been quite a load to move into town by horse-drawn wagon.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/vault.jpg



http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/safe.jpg

Chester
08-14-2007, 01:46 PM
Ray Soemarsono does have an eye for images, more of his work is here:

http://www.pbase.com/zeroscan/landscape

Was in your "neck of the woods" a while back and visited here:

http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/

Rather commercial, but had some interesting old trucks rusting away.

aostling
08-14-2007, 02:41 PM
Was in your "neck of the woods" a while back and visited here:

http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/

Rather commercial, but had some interesting old trucks rusting away.

Chester,

It's been about three or four years since I've been out to Goldfield. I agree, the rusting trucks and other machinery are worth the trip. I don't think it is on the site of an actual ghost town, but it has no pretensions and it's free (except for the ice cream and souvenirs).

Guido
08-14-2007, 02:57 PM
Aostling:

When in Bodie, did you visit the electric station? I don't remember the dates, but recall their story of stringing power wires from a waterwheel generator some 15 miles to the northwest. Straight as an arrow, over hillndale, because the electricity had a tendency to not want to turn corners once it was in the wires.

I hope you have significant others with you on your travels, give them head pats from me. For the last few years all I seem to get is: I'll go with you if you want me to, but why don't you go by yourself? You seem to enjoy driving more than I do. Well!!!!!

G

aostling
08-14-2007, 04:25 PM
Aostling:

I hope you have significant others with you on your travels, give them head pats from me. For the last few years all I seem to get is: I'll go with you if you want me to, but why don't you go by yourself? You seem to enjoy driving more than I do. Well!!!!!

G

I invariably travel alone. This way you only have to argue with yourself. Last week I revisited this dirt road junction in the Last Chance Range, north of Death Valley National Park. This time I avoided the temptation to take the minor road to Gold Point, Nevada. But in 1987 I took my front-wheel drive '82 Nissan Stanza through -- it was rough beyond any earlier experience (and that's saying a lot). The "road" petered out and became a track crossing numerous dry washes. After two hours I got to Gold Point (pop. 2), very relieved.

I'm not sure who decides to give their crankshafts a final home here. I wonder if there are similar spots, in the back blocks of Australia perhaps, or in Canada.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/crankshaftcrossing.jpg