Mammoth, Mines, 'n' More

A Bucket List Adventure

Kevin BlumerPhotographer, WriterJaime HernandezPhotographer

Do you have a "bucket list?" You know, the list of things you want to do before you "kick the bucket." I do and although it’s in constant flux, there are a few things that haven’t changed over the years.

I’ve wanted to see the ghost town of Bodie, California, ever since I read about it in a guidebook called Where Can We Go This Weekend? Meanwhile my wife, Collette, has long wanted to see Devil’s Postpile, a spectacular volcanic formation near Mammoth Lakes, California. We recently had the chance to check off both items in a single trip when Jaime Hernandez, a friend I’ve made through the off-road industry, invited us along on a trip in that very neck of the woods. Jaime’s wife, Beth, grew up in Mammoth Lakes and still has family there.

Many, many times during this trip we were able to see and do things we might have missed had we undertaken this trip on our own. The local knowledge and hospitality offered by Jaime and Beth was top-notch and very much appreciated.

Now that Bodie and Devil’s Postpile are checked off, are we ready to kick the bucket? Hardly. The trick is simply to add things to the list. Follow along as we experience Mammoth, mines, and more.

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