Bodie State Historic Park
Bodie was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 but was dedicated a California State Park in 1964. All this really means to the average tourist is that their America The Beautiful Passes which allow them into all Federally Administered Lands will not get them in here. To enter this State Park, it costs $5 for adults and $3 for children older than 6.
Though the park does nothing to stop the buildings' deterioration, leaving them in a state of natural decay, we found everything, especially the interiors to look quite good. It's a great place for taking photos and there are guided tours or a very informative self-guiding pamphlet. It's pretty good value for $5 but of course, it would be nicer if part of the National Park Pass for those of us carrying and surely lots of them visiting the park!
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel
I didn't have decent picture of Mono Lake so I instead I put a postcard here.
It is an ideal spot for birdwatching! There is a boardwalk that brings you to the edge of the lake. During this walk I spotted a lot of birds in the high grasses and small trees.
More information about Mono Lake :
Mono Lake is a majestic body of water, located 2 hours south of Lake Tahoe on Highway 395, covering about 60 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 700,000 years old -- one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet. Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierran streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean. The tufa towers are the most obvious geological feature at Mono Lake. These unusual spires and knobs are formed when calcium-bearing freshwater springs well up through alkaline lake water, which is rich in carbonates. The calcium and carbonate combine, precipitating out as limestone. Over many years, a tower forms around the mouth of the spring. This tufa-forming reaction happens only in the lake itself. As the lake level drops, exposing the towers, they cease to grow.
Mono Lake has been called a 'dead sea' but it actually abounds with life. Few animals can tolerate Mono's salty, alkaline water, but these few species thrive in astronomical numbers.
Mono's shrimp and flies provide plentiful food for more than 80 species of migratory birds that visit the lake in the spring and summer. Particularly notable bird species include three migrants: the eared grebe, Wilson's phalarope, and the red-necked phalarope; and two nesting species -- the California gull and the snowy plover
In 1941 the city of Los Angeles began diverting four of the five major streams that feed Mono Lake. Without that water, the lake dropped approximately forty feet and doubled in salinity.