Last summer I joined extended family members on a road trip for what I termed the Great Grand Canyon Adventure. If you want to follow that trip, it begins with a bit of a snag on the journey from Washington to Oregon.
One of the side trips was to Bodie, California, a ghost town nestled high in the foothills of the eastern Sierra Nevadas, northeast of Yosemite. Ghost Town in the Shadow of the Sierra Nevadas was the travel journal I wrote from the road about the experience. I’ve reflected on my Bodie visit and shared some photographs you haven’t yet seen in Ghost Town Memories: Where the West was Wildest today on Christian Fiction Historical Society, the blog I team with 30 other historical fiction novelists to write. I’ve posted a lead-in to today’s post below. Enjoy!
The track beneath my tires wended its tortuous way through the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Other vehicles shared the road, some taking corners on two wheels, others crawling with too much caution. I chose a moderate approach, passing drivers with hands locked on steering wheels but giving way where possible to the restless herd behind me. Vehicles accelerated past, churning loose gravel as they hurtled through space and time, the drivers giving little regard it seemed for sanity. You had only to look into the ravine below to understand the dread of the slower drivers. I didn’t want to wind up there either, although the drop was less deep than many I’d encountered while driving through Yosemite National Park yesterday. At least today cars weren’t barreling towards me head-on in the middle of a narrow two-lane road with certain death mere inches from my tires. I’d arrived last night at the safety of the hotel on a wing and a prayer and possibly the last of my shredded nerves.
I’d once visited this place as a young child on a family trip and had come away with the impression of sun-bleached buildings, scorching sunshine, and an abiding sense of history. Nothing seemed to have changed in the intervening years. Buildings over a hundred years old…Read More at Christian Fiction Historical Society.
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