Manzanar National Historic Site
Donna and I came across the Manzanar site essentially on accident. After leaving Shafter on Tuesday afternoon, we doubled backed through Bakersfield and headed north up Route 395. Our stated destination for the day was Independence, which is about 40 miles south of Bishop. As the sun began to set, I spotted a road marker for the Manzanar National Historic Site, the places where tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were interned for no other reason than their heritage. The shot above is from the former camp’s cemetery. Only a few people are still buried there, as the families of those who died during their imprisonment took back their bodies after World War II ended. Despite the relative lack of remains, the spot is still revered as a sacred place, and adorned with traditional Japanese funeral origami.