Bootleg NF Campground
Bootleg NF Campground
We used to come up to the Walker River a couple of times a year just to fish. It's been a few years since we've been back and we were looking forward to a nice break. Bootleg Campground is a National Forest campground that sits at almost 6500' in the Carson Iceberg-Wilderness right on the beautiful Hwy 395 which winds along the Walker River and the border of Nevada.
Castello di Amorosa, that my son and his girlfriend gave me for my birthday. It's going to be a nice couple of weeks!
(prices were as of 5/20/22. Today, 6/22/22, diesel is around $8.69!) Hopefully we won't need gas!
Here's Bodie Ghost Town coming into view.
Bodie is one of the largest, best preserved, original ghost towns. It is truly amazing!
You'll see many old parts and machinery laying all over.
The Methodist Church is the only standing church left.
The inside was very basic.
Very few buildings had colored paint.
Inside of the barn. You cannot go inside any of the buildings, but you can look.
One of the fancier homes.
Peeking through the window.
The huge stamp mill. They say that the sounds of blasting, drilling and stamping that went on 24/7 were deafening.
You are only allowed to walk around the mill if you sign up for a tour.
The old wood siding is warping and falling away from years of heat, snow and winds that can gust to 100mph. Temps can range between 18 in the winter and 74 in the summer up at 8,379 feet of elevation.
There are some fancy sheets of tin used on some of the buildings as decorative touches or sometimes just patches.
This lucky pooch has quite the dog house.
Old parts make for some great photo ops.
Reflection of the schoolhouse.
Inside the schoolhouse you can see an old globe, desks, books, etc.
Loved this old restored truck parked in front of the gas station.
Inside the hotel/saloon you can see so many interesting things. Most things were left as-is.
Original telephone poles.
We noticed some roofs have been redone since we were here last.
It's almost more fun looking at all the scraps scattered about than the buildings themselves.
Steve taking a little break.
I liked the unusual yellow that was painted on the door and some windows.
I wonder what this little door in the wall was for?
We finished our day hiking through the cemetery. We wanted to find where Bodie was buried. The cemetery is on a hillside so there's quite a bit of hiking to see it all.
Many different types of headstones. Some fairly fancy for the time. It is believed that Little Evelyn died when she was accidently hit in the head with a pick-axe and that her ghost still roams around.
Leave it to the Italians to have this beautiful blue marble headstone.
It was pretty warm out and Hurley was thankful for the only shade. Well, it wasn't Bodie.
Warren Loose gained fame locally for his lawsuit against Leland Stanford, of Stanford University, over the colt from a race horse. When he fell ill, he consulted several doctors. All of them recommended he have all his teeth pulled, as they were rotted and poisoning his body. He refused. Before he died, he scouted around for a place to be buried, finally deciding on the summit of Foundry Hill, overlooking the town of Bodie. He wanted a spot where everyone entering or leaving town could see his grave marker. He was the owner of the Bodie Syndicate Gold Mine.
Looking down from the ridge at the cemetery.
While up there we spotted one more grave even further up so we continued our hike. While the wood fence appears fairly new, there is no marker. When we got back down later I asked a ranger about it and she said they don't actually know who's buried there. We did get to see some deer enjoying the beautiful mountain views before they hopped away.
Watch them hippity hop in a line. So funny!
Once back down we rechecked the cemetery and Steve found Mr. Bodie. He now has a nice marker.
One last picture of the town as viewed from the cemetery. We brought a lunch and spent 1/2 a day here.
On the way back to camp, Steve finding a clever geocache hidden out here along 395 with a working telephone.
The next day was the warmest so we saved that to do a little fishing on the Walker River across from our camp. A 1-Day out-of-state fishing license was $17. Not bad really. We know it's generally not good fishing this time of year and we didn't expect to catch anything, but it's a beautiful way to spend the day. Hiking up and around the boulders, through the trees and brush just enjoying the peace. On the upside, it's not warm enough to bring out the snakes yet.
The upper part of the canyon is all burned above.