For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.
Out in the high desert near the California-Nevada border is an old gold mining town named Bodie. I visited this town in 1968 with my family, and again with my late wife on our honeymoon in 2009. It's a very strange place, and an interesting destination if you enjoy ghost towns, extreme weather, and getting the creeps. The town had a reputation as a nasty, violent place in its heyday, and rumor has it that those who take home "souvenirs" will be accompanied by an evil presence. Bodie contains some fantastic relics of the Old West and is now a state park, currently preserved in a state of arrested decay--some photographs of it are posted below:
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