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Back to our Mammoth adventure over 4th of July. Remember how I said it was exhausting AND fun? Well here’s an example of the exhausting part. We visited Bodie (ghost town), Mono Lake (salt lake) AND the abandoned homestead all in one day and made it back by dinner. Yes, exhausting. And exciting.

Bodie is a mining town that began in the late 1800’s and is in amazing condition, probably due to the fact that you have to travel like 15 minutes on dirt roads to get to it. We’ve been there several times and it’s cool every, single, time.

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Apparently bad luck follows people who take anything from Bodie. There are letters about it in the gift shop. Creepy and awesome. No, I didn’t take anything.

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Of course along with being intrigued by Bodie in general, I was checking out all the amazing furniture that I wish I could take home. It might be worth the bad luck.

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The legs on this table are so detailed! Can you imaging trying to buy something like that now? I’m too cheap.

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O.M.G. Ok let me just rant like crazy for a minute here. We looked for months on craigslist for a dining table. Then finally a week before thanksgiving we just went and bought one brand new (ahem$600ahem). The table below is exactly what I was looking for. How is it that they had them in the early 1900’s but they can’t make those and sell them NOW? //end rant, maybe.

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Yes, those are coffins. And it was creepy. And I spared you the photo of the right side of that white coffin where all the tiny baby coffins sat.

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General store! I’d like to go shopping in there, please.

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This was the inside of a hotel. I’m assuming a restaurant/bar area.

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Inside of a hotel room.
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The school! My favorite abandoned buildings are always schools. Look at the cute wooden bunnies on the wall! And the sweet desks.
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Table Rant part 2, I NEED THOSE TABLES.
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Of course Blaine spent most of his time checking out the cars. Sad cars.
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This was once a bank. The only thing standing is the brick part that still holds the safe.
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The gorgeous safe
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The jail which was ironically pretty close to the bank. Short walk for bank robbers to get to jail? Blaine also pointed out that the metal bars are attached to the wood building so Michael Scofield (Prison Break, anyone?) would be out of this thing in like 10 minutes.
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After strolling around Bodie for a few hours we head over to Mono Lake. There are a lot of cool facts at the website. Go. Even better, go to Mono Lakes (and Bodie). It’s good times. It’s extremely salty and only 2 living things can survive there. These gross flies and brine shrimp.

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Remember those gross flies I was talking about?
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And if you aren’t grossed out enough, a video!

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Then we took a trip to the abandoned homestead which I can’t give you a link to because I don’t think it’s anything important. We have friends in the area that showed it to us years ago and we keep coming back. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere. Once we saw wild horses here.

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There’s an underground spring that feeds the stream. Of course Blaine saw something interesting and pulled it out. A random old horse statue that’s be in there who knows how long. We left it there, on the deck. Please no one tell me you saw this rare one of a kind statue exactly like this online for like 5 million dollars or I’ll be really upset.
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And the trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t spend way too much money at the Coach store. I got the coral purse (which outside of the Coach store is actually pink?), sister got white and mom got yellow.
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All in all it was a fun little trip and who knows when we’ll be able to go as one big family again!

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