Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Seeing New York- Green-Wood Cemetery

Our next adventure in exploring New York was visiting the Green-Wood cemetery. We decided to walk to the cemetery which is about 1.5 miles away. We could have taken the subway, but it was a nice day and we can always use an extra $5. I didn't really know what to expect from a cemetery so I was pretty surprised when we walked up and saw the entrance:
It looked so cool! So we took a stroll around all 478 acres (ok not really. We probably didn't even see half the cemetery. Maybe if we had taken the subway we would have been in better shape to see more of the cemetery.) It was really pretty and actually really quiet. It was nice to be in a quiet, peaceful place for a change. Where we live is pretty busy and loud most of the time. So visiting the cemetery was a nice change.
He did try to eat the grass right after this picture was taken.

  Can you see the city skyline in the back? So cool!

 If anyone ever asks me why I love the east coast, I'll just show them this picture. (and they'll probably say, "Because of the dead people?")

Story: I saw this tree and thought it would be funny to lean against it and hold Blake up in the crook so it looked like he had climbed up himself. That didn't quite work out because the tree looked gross (I don't know how else to explain it other than it looked like something was going to crawl out of a nook or cranny.) So just pretend like it looks like a 6 month old climbed a tree by himself. Funny, right?

Blake looks so grown up to me in this picture. And he's making two little bald patches on my head.

Reflecting on life.
The Green-Wood cemetery was fun to visit. I think it might be more fun if next time we tour it in a car (just so we can see all of it.) Next site-seeing adventure: Governors Island! (hopefully)


Evan said...

Ah, the circle of life.

Thanks for your awesome posts and photos!

Lindsay said...

Isn't Greenwood beautiful? It's really lovely in the spring, too, when the trees are blossoming. About this time two years ago I was walking through with Emily. At Horace Greely's grave, some workers were digging up around the monument, exposing a stairway underneath to the tomb. Kinda creepy, but kinda cool. They asked us if we wanted to take a peek (not inside, but a closer look at what was exposed). We said of course and I parked Garrett in his stroller and we went to look. I guess I didn't find a sturdy enough place to stash the stroller because it started rolling -- quickly -- down the hill. We caught up with it fine, and Garrett was fine, too, but since it was near Halloween and his grave was partially open, it's kinda fun to say that the ghost of Horace Greely pushed my baby down the hill. :)

Whitney said...

That's an awesome story!

Mrs. Dean said...

That place is gorgeous! I love the East for pictures like that too. Green.

WhisperingWriter said...

Great story! And the area looks beautiful.

Emily said...

Hooray for Green-Wood! That place was our refuge. Just smelling dirt and grass is such a blessing. Don't miss going up to see the statue that's waiving at the Statue of Liberty at the Civil War memorial.