Although Martine and I have been to the Owens Valley before, Martine suggested another visit to see some of the sights we have missed. To be specific, there are the following three destinations she’s never seen before:
- The ghost town of Bodie, a town which was abandoned by its residents, especially after the mine closed in 1942. It is now a State Historical Park which will be allowed to decay naturally—but not before I’ve had another look at it.
- The Devils Postpile National Monument, a natural feature that resembles the Giants Causeway of Northern Island with its hexagonal columns.
- The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, containing the oldest living things on earth: trees that are thousands of years old.
In addition, there are a number of other sights with which we are familiar and which we may revisit:
- The Manazanar camp for the resettlement of Americans of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.
- The Eastern California Museum of Inyo County
- The Lone Pine Film History Museum and the nearby Alabama Hills where hundreds of Westerns were shot.
- Mono Lake and its natural tufa structures
- The Laws Railroad Museum near Bishop, California
There is a very informative website called Highway 395 Roadtrip Stops complete with photographs, of the many features along the route.
We will probably be gone for five days sometimes in the next month or so.