Bridgeport and Bodie

Welcome to Paradise

Our trip from Donner Lake ended along beautiful highway 395, right on the shore of the Bridgeport Reservoir. The RV park itself was called Paradise Shores and it was a quaint little park with trailer spots and even a few permanent trailers that the park owner had fixed up and made available for rent. It was later in the afternoon by that time and pretty chilly, so my parents and we set up our trailers and hunkered down for the night.

The Ghost Town

The next day, we all set off to the ghost town of Bodie. It used to be a booming mining town, but when the mine dried up, all the townspeople eventually abandoned the town. Now it is preserved as a California State Park. Considered to be haunted by many, it was a very cool (albeit eerie) place to explore. Here are some of the better pictures we took while we were there:

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If you ever get a chance to go, we highly recommend it. You’ll get a real sense of life as it was a century and a half ago. Just don’t take anything home with you.

June Lake Loop

The day after our Bodie visit, my parents suggested checking out June Lake which was about an hour south near the town of Lee Vining. There is a “June Lake Loop” which allows you to drive through the beautiful mountains of the eastern Yosemite Valley and pass right by the Lake itself.

The drive was filled with astonishing views of rock formations and vibrantly-colored vegetation. Having not been to Yosemite since I was a kid, it became obvious why its such a popular destination for nature lovers. Here is a clip of a few highlights of the drive:

We stopped in June Lake the town at a nice little park on the water’s edge. The playground had one of these, which is always the best thing on any playground amirite:

playground hanging slide zipline thingy

source: (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

More blog entries are coming! Take a look at our route so far!!