Mention cities or towns in California and you probably think of Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego. There are of course probably hundreds of other smaller cities and towns. It might surprise you however that there are also many ghost towns – approximately 250 of varying sizes. But where once there may have been a thriving community, all that now remains are derelict buildings and some rusting vehicles and machinery.
With names like Grub Gulch, Coyote Lake and Lost Horse Mine, the majority are in such remote areas – often near mountains where people once sought gold – that they are rarely visited. There are some however which have been preserved to a certain degree to allow visitors a unique insight into life in the American West from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century and perhaps the best example of this is Bodie. View Post
“Welcome to the beautiful Bay Area”, came the voice of the cabin steward through the tannoy, as our plane descended into San Francisco International Airport. Martha had been waiting for this moment not just since we booked our 3-week US road trip nearly a year previously, but for as long as she could remember, having had a poster of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride of place in her bedroom as a child. Tears of joy were streaming down her cheeks as she looked out the window, full of excitement.
The beauty of a road trip is that when one adventure ends another one is just beginning. And so early on the morning of 11 September, the “Super Shuttle“ taxi, mentioned in part 1 of our series, collected us from our house in San Francisco to take us (and a gentleman with a lot of luggage, bearing a suspicious resemblance to Dustin Hoffman) back to the airport.
The following morning was spent doing some last minute shopping in beautiful Sedona before leaving for Monument Valley, about 330km away. You will recognise Monument Valley from the many movies and commercials which have been filmed there, going back to the famous Western movies starring John Wayne in the 1930’s and 40’s as well as movies such as ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Back to the Future III’, ‘Forrest Gump’ and the recent ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’. View Post
We left Monument Valley and started our journey East, past the Four Corners Region, the only place in the USA where four states meet (Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico). After being relieved of a few bucks, you can stand on a marker on the ground and tell your loved ones back home that you were in four states at the same time.