Travel Back Through Time at Friends of Bodie Day

All sorts of yippee-ki-yay activities will flourish at the Mono County destination.

LIVING LIFE IN SEPIA TONE? Not possible, not in our neon-bright, well-lit, blue-light'd modern world. Everything is now as out there as can be, visually, making those long-ago photographs, from the century before the last century, seem a sepia-fied place full of gentility and tea and bustles. Well, yes, it did contain those elements, but life in a 19th-century mining town, say, a town like Bodie, was famously rough and famously tumble. And, in fact, the people who called the Mono County landmark home during the height of its gold-seeking industry didn't even live in sepia; that was the tone seen in snapshots of the era, but they day-to-day'd it in full living color. You can experience a bit of what that might have been like, and help a foundation out that gives wonderful support to this gem of yesteryear, at...

FRIENDS OF BODIE DAY: The annual day-long celebration clip-clops on Saturday, Aug. 11, and you can bet many people will be out in their 1870s-style finery (with a few nods to earlier and later fashions, of course). Living History Presentations are a main feature of the special event, as are tours, and there are other happenings and sights, too, like buggies to observe, a railroad handcar demonstration, and several  other sepia'd-out goings-on. If you're a member of the Bodie Foundation, you can a member dinner and "special tour," so consider signing on (which would be great to do anyway, if you're a through-and-through Bodie buff, as so many Golden-Staters are). Slip into your vest, your ribbon tie, or your boots, then peruse all the rootin' and tootin' to-dos. Living in a sepia world? That didn't even exist in the time of sepia, but you can travel back to ye olde Bodie at Friends of Bodie Day.

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