Where was Jaspa?

On June 10th I posted a pair of photos and again asked the question, Where’s Jaspa?

Where was Jaspa?

Where was Jaspa?

Usually I write a follow-up blog within a day or two. But while reading Locked Up In Bodie Ghost Town by Ben from Flights. Camera. Satisfaction. yesterday, I realised I’d forgotten to give the answers last time around.

Sorry!

So, in the hope that people really do believe Better Late Than Never, here’s where I was back in June…

The first photo was taken looking down on Yosemite Valley, California, at the Heart of Yosemite National Park. This was my first time in Yosemite, and I was really taken by the severe beauty of the place. I definitely have unfinished business there… although I say that about most places I visit!

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America

Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America

Half Dome: unmistakable

Half Dome: unmistakable

Actually, my first article as a regular feature writer for Bucket List Publications, called In the Nick of Time,  was partly about our visit to Yosemite. Perhaps that’s why I thought I’d already written this blog. Or perhaps that’s just clutching at straws.

Rich, Sue and I had actually planned to visit Yosemite a couple of years ago. On that occasion we’d been coming from the east, and had been unable to cross the mountains of the Sierra Nevada because the passes were still blocked by snow, despite it being late May. The silver lining of this initially disappointing turn of events, was our discovery of the incredible ghost town of Bodie (see my May 2011 blog, Sandstorms and Thundersnow).

In a hailstorm, crossing the Tioga Pass

In a hailstorm, crossing the Tioga Pass

We were so impressed by Bodie that, with the passes recently opened this June, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to revisit it. Especially since Rich’s Mum and Dad, who were travelling with us, had never been.

Dark clouds loom over Bodie, California

Dark clouds loom over Bodie, California

Downtown Bodie

Downtown Bodie

Boone & Wright General Store, looking like it did when it was abandoned

Boone & Wright General Store, looking like it did when it was abandoned

The scale of Bodie – an old mining town isolated 8000 ft up in the mountains near the equally impressive and unique Mono Lake – is simply jaw-dropping. Roughly 100 abandoned buildings seem to fill the wide, flat valley. Even so, the town is a fraction of its original size, thanks to two devastating fires, in 1892 and 1932.

Bodie at the end of winter (taken May, 2011)

Bodie at the end of winter (taken May, 2011)

J.S. Cain House (taken May, 2011)

J.S. Cain House (taken May, 2011)

Yosemite and Bodie truly are a remarkable places. Thanks to Ben for inadvertently jogging my memory about them!

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About Jaspa

Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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5 Responses to Where was Jaspa?

  1. Ben says:

    Great shot of the J. S. Cain House! I’m surprised there was snow when you visited! We were also there during May and there was none in sight. I’d like to visit Bodie again, it was at the end of a long days driving for us and we didn’t have much time to wander around before the park closed. It was still a great experience though!

    • Jaspa says:

      The photo with the snow was actually taken during our first visit to Bodie, in May 2011. We were there a couple of weeks after you this year (June 10th), by the sounds of it, so unfortunately no snow this time!

  2. Bodie looks like just the kind of place I like. Will have to visit one day!

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