Monday, May 17, 2010

Road Trip

I'm back from my trip to California. It was cloudy and misty the whole way, so it was difficult to get good landscape photographs. The picture below was taken from a vista overlooking Mono Lake. I drove the road in the picture to get from Northern Nevada to Southern California.

There's still plenty of snow in Mammoth...

I stopped at Manzanar on my way down...

...and saw a few ghosts from the old internment camp where Japanese Americans were relocated during World War II. Manzanar was home to more than 11,000 internees between March 1942 and November 1945.

The camp included a newspaper office, high school, auditorium, fire department, police station, hospital, photographer's quarters, baseball fields, Catholic church, Buddhist temple, ranch, farm, orchards, gardens, orphanage, and camouflage net factory.


Cinder blocks from the buildings can be found scattered about the camp...



Origami decorations are left on grave sites to honor both the people and pets who passed on while in the internment camp. A food dish is left behind in the pet cemetery.


4 comments:

Katharine Swan said...

Great post. I especially like the pictures from the internment camp. It always surprises me how many people don't know that part of our history -- I don't think we actually learned about it in history when I was in public school. At the most it was mentioned and then glossed over.

Laura said...

Glad you made it home safely... Great photos of Manzanar - it must have been interesting but a bit sad (not quite the right word, but you know what I mean) visiting there...

fernvalley01 said...

Welcome back. Nice pics .The camp is quite intersting, a little peice of history ,thanks for sharing.
Don't tell your boss you are home yet!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Such a spooky ghost town. Especially the Pet Cemetery....reminds me of the movie. eek!

Did you feel any.....energy, while you were there?

Thanks for sharing the photos. The skies may have been cloudy and misty, but sometimes that kind of weather is what makes great pictures. Anyone can take beautiful (ho-hum-average) photos of blue skies and sharp clear peaks, but it's often the dreary moody weather that makes for the most creative and interesting photos. You did good!


~Lisa