June 13, 2022 at 6:59 am #1150
The DDMC organized a campout and ride at the Walker River State Recreation Area (SRA) from June 10-12. I could only make it down for a day, on Saturday the 11th. The club was planning a ride from the recreation area to Bodie and back on dirt that Saturday.
On the drive down to the SRA I was impressed by the agriculture in the area around Yerington.June 13, 2022 at 7:06 am #1154
Here is the entrance to the SRA. The SRA was just completed in 2018, so everything is new and perfect. It is an excellent stopover or staging point for a ride. Amenities include RV hookups and covered tables with overhead lighting and showers. Aside from camping basics you can also hike, bike, view wildlife or go kayaking or fishing on the East Walker River.June 13, 2022 at 7:12 am #1158
The DDMC brain trust arrived early on Friday to set up camp. Our camp featured a ring of 6 RV hookups, plenty of space for tent camping, and a large covered picnic area with barbecue grill in the center. The DDMC site was a good distance from other campers and felt private – really nice. Pictured are Wayne, Dave and Dean, left to right.June 13, 2022 at 7:22 am #1162June 13, 2022 at 7:24 am #1165June 13, 2022 at 7:25 am #1168June 13, 2022 at 7:28 am #1171June 13, 2022 at 7:31 am #1174June 13, 2022 at 7:36 am #1178June 13, 2022 at 7:43 am #1182June 13, 2022 at 7:47 am #1185June 13, 2022 at 7:57 am #1188
We crossed over the East Walker River and headed inland shortly after passing the Flying M Ranch. The Flying M Ranch was owned by Barron Hilton and features a 5,500′ runway. Dean said the ranch was were Paris Hilton lived while in rehab in the 90s . We didn’t see any nightclubs anywhere near the ranch, ha. Aviator Steve Fossett was last seen alive there when he took off in a small plane on September 3, 2007. An extensive search found nothing. A hiker found his plane more than a year later on a high peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near Mammoth.June 13, 2022 at 8:02 am #1192June 13, 2022 at 8:08 am #1195
Here Annette is riding past the remains of an old building on the outskirts of Bodie, a town once described as “…a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion”.June 13, 2022 at 8:26 am #1199
Gold was discovered by W.S. Bodey here in the summer of 1859. Bodey attempted to return to the site that fall but died here in a blizzard. However, news of the gold discovery attracted thousands of fortune hunters and millions in gold and silver were extracted, mostly in the 1870s. Bodie once had 60 saloons and dance halls and was known as one of the wildest and most dangerous places in the west. The highest population of the town was 8,500 in the late 1870s, but population declined rapidly in the 1880s as the gold run ended. The town was completely abandoned in the 1940s.
This is what remains of the head frame of the Red Cloud Mine:
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