Exploring the Eastern Sierras
Blogging today about a fabulous family adventure!
Last weekend, my hubby and I decided it was time for a get-away. We needed to find a spot where there was no cell service and no internet. My sweetie knows it's important that I unplug. We decided to explore the Eastern Sierra's.
We started out by driving over Sonora Pass, Sonora is the second highest pass in California and the views were breathtaking! We made reservations at the Sierra Retreat Resort at a quaint little cabin in Walker, CA. The cabin was wonderful!!! No phone, no internet, it was quiet and very clean. It had everything we needed. It was perfect! After settling in we checked out Mono Lake - it is a saline lake, no fish, but has its own very unique eco system. It also has amazing limestone formations rising up from the lake bed.
We had a wonderful time here, had a picnic, relaxed and watched the lake. We did a bit of hiking out to the point and took lots of great pictures. We are definitely going back one day soon with the kayak to explore the lake in its entirety.
Our next adventure took us to Bodie State Historic Park. A genuine California gold mining ghost town, super cool!
Bodie is an abandoned gold mining town. Named after Waterman S. Body who discovered gold in 1859. At its boom, boosted a population of 8500, in 1932 a devastating fire decimated Bodie and left only 5% of the town still standing .... what remains are those 100 or so buildings.
The Park Rangers caution you upon entering the Park to not remove anything from the premises. Items removed bring instant bad luck upon the thief! In fact there is a book in the museum that contains letters describing bad luck and items being returned!
Bodie is rumored to be haunted. They offer guided "ghost" tours just a few times a year when guides, dressed in period era clothing, offer a tour of the premises that includes the cemetery. Oooh! Wish we could have made it for one of those tours!
At Bodie, killings occurred with regularity. Robberies and stage coach hold-ups were not uncommon. And the town's 65 saloons provided an opportunity to unwind after a hard day's work in the mines. There was a quote in the visitor's guide from the Reverend F.M. Warrington who described Bodie as "a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion." It was a fascinating glimpse into the old west!
Another stop we made was in Momouth to see the Devils Postpile National Monument. After traversing seven miles down a one lane winding road, we hiked a short half mile to view the formation.
It was AMAZING!!! This picture really puts it into perspective.
There are so many amazing National Parks to visit! We had such a wonderful getaway! I hope you have the chance to visit parks near you and I'd love to see a picture or two!
For more fun, travel and adventure visit:
- White Sands National Monument New Mexico - check out the beautiful white sand dunes, the photos are stunning and it was an amazing adventure!
- On your way to the Eastern Sierras, you very well may pass thru Yosemite. Check out my tips for Hiking Half Dome or visit Yosemite Park Waterfalls!
- For tons of history visit Mesa Park, CO to see the ruins and learn about the culture of the Ancient Puebloan People!