on November 22, 2005
Bodie is one of the most visited ghost towns of the Southwest. And when you see it, you know why. It looks like those old Clint Eastwood movies where the lone hero rescues a small town from a pack of outlaws.If you are driving from Yosemite to Death Valley, be sure to visit this photogenic site. And if you do, combine it with a sunrise or sunset at Monolake (some excellent and cheap accommodations are available in Lee Vining).Bodie won't disappoint you; the mining town itself is really well preserved and there are tours led by park rangers. Most houses are closed, but you can get some shots through the windows. The route from Yosemite is only passable in summer, so be sure to check for road and weather conditions, since the Tioga Pass is mostly unpassable when snow has fallen. The best time for photography is late in the evening, just before sunset. If you are lucky to have a full moon, well, ask the rangers if you can stay after sunset. And don't forget your tripod!
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