(photo to left: The grave site of one of Bodie's prostitutes: Rosa May.)
Yep, it's very cool to peek into windows and get a dusty glimpse of life as it once was - warped-floored saloons, desk-strewn classrooms, homes with rusty bedsprings and pharmacies with amber colored bottles once filled with odd elixirs.
I could've stayed there for hours. To me, it's about as close to time travel (a huge childhood fantasy) as I will probably get. I took photos of the buildings as my husband wandered off. He stood behind a group of Japanese tourists and smiled as someone took their photo. He could barely tell me what he did he was bent over laughing so hard about how the people will look at their photos and wonder who the smiling non-Japanese guy is. Meanwhile, my daughter and her friend Sara walked around rubbing their arms from the ghostly vibes felt with each gust of wind that blew through the sage and gravel paths of town.
Naturally, I had to tell my daughter about Bodie's legendary curse (read halfway down linked page) which falls upon anyone who dares pilfer any of the town's items. She was so spooked that before we left the ghost town's parking lot, my daughter took off her shoes to extract any cursed pebbles that may have worked their way into her shoes. She took no chances.
*Here are some interesting local cemeteries:
Pioneer Cemetery in Sierra Madre. I read that Halloween and Family Plot were filmed there.