07/11 - 07/13/2008 LA: EAF took the top 4 kids camping in Virginia Lakes, an area near Mammoth.

C. Mark Fuchs and EAF board members, took our kids (Kean Mena, Davion Mena, Tyrone Mena, and David Lawrence) camping.  In addition to camping, everyone went hiking, fishing and played in the snow.  All the kids learned to bait their own hooks, as well as, caught and released several fish.  After our camping extravaganza, EAF went to Bodie California. Bodie, California is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. As Bodie Historic District, the U.S. Department of the Interior recognizes it as a National Historic Landmark. The ghost town has been administered by California State Parks since becoming a state historic park in 1962. In 1876, the Standard Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold-bearing ore, which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp comprising a few prospectors and company employees to a Wild West boomtown. Rich discoveries in the adjacent Bodie Mine during 1878 attracted even more hopeful people. By 1880, Bodie had a population of 7,000, maybe 8,000. Over the years, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more than $34 million. In 1893, the Standard Company built its own hydroelectric plant. This pioneering installation is marked as one of the country's first transmissions of electricity over a long distance. Though greatly reduced in prominence, Bodie held a permanent residency through most of the 20th century, even after a fire ravaged much of the downtown business district in 1932. Bodie is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park. Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long road that leads to it is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the most comfortable time to visit is during the summer months.

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