Go West, My Friend!

Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

Bodie Ghost Town Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

I’ve always been intrigued by the stories of the pioneers who journey across the plains, deserts and mountains, because they had a dream of owning their own land a place they could call their own and maybe even Freedom from their past or places they had lived.

Bodie Ghost Town Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

Bodie Ghost Town
Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

Yet, as you look at history and the paths taken by these adventures. There are so many stories, legends, dairies and ghost towns left behind from the old west.

Many times these brave souls would leave their prize possessions on the trail in the realization that their own survival depended on the letting go of material things of this world.

Bodie Ghost Town Mining Shaft Photo by Holly Lynn Cook

Bodie Ghost Town
Mining Shaft
Photo by Holly Lynn Cook

I’ve visited many of these ghost towns. Bodie ghost town in California is the most mysterious. http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ca/bodie.html The town’s people up and left this mining town leaving many of their belongings. No one knows for certain why, but the effect is quite eye-opening to visitors looking into a classroom window and seeing books on the desk and writings on the chalkboard as if they were expecting to come back that day. Spooky!

Bodie Ghost Town Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

Bodie Ghost Town
Grave site and view of town Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

How many times do we chase a dream only to be disillusioned in the course. There are many questions I would like to ask of the people who once lived in Bodie.

Are our lives any different from these pioneers? Are there not advertisements saying, “Go West!” even today?

In the glass covered photos below, there is a note:

“Can you identify any of these photos?”

Bodies Ghost Town Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

Bodies Ghost Town
Photo:By Holly Lynn Cook

What do you think?

One thought on “Go West, My Friend!

  1. This is so interesting. I want to visit Bodie too. How strange that the people just up and left. Did they leave or was something a little more “science fiction” to blame? I love the pics. Thanks Holly!

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