Bridgeport – Bodie State Historic Park – Beatty
The reason I stayed the night in Bridgeport was to visit the Bodie State Historic Park, a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Bridgeport doesn’t have that many hotels so I stayed at Redwood motel in a mobile home. I would not recommend it! That place is way too expensive for what you get in return. But anyways, Bodie State Historic Park was al worth it!
I reached the park at 10 am and payed 8 dollars to enter. For 2 dollars extra they sell a guide that explains the story behind every house. I bought it but actually I didn’t use it. I rather used my own fantasy to make up some stories behind every house. Everythinglooks much the same as it did over 50 years ago when the last residents left. Interiors remain as they were left and are still stocked with goods. It’s really weird and exciting at the same time to realize that one day people had a life in these houses. Wandering in the park gave me the feeling of being in the middle of a western movie. Actually it’s a very relaxing place.
I hung around in the park for about 2 hours. I could easily spend my whole day there but I had a long drive (3,5h) ahead to my next hotel in Beatty.
Beatty is the ideal place to stay when you’re next stop is Death Valley. It’s a small village with only 4 or 5 restaurants. I went for dinner to KC’s outpost Daily. A small restaurant that serves daily specials, all homemade. Eating there was relieving as it was the first really good food I’d eaten in America. I stayed the night in a typical American Motel, Exchange Club.