Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Rest Stop in the Graveyard
On my way back from the Ladies Who Bike and Brunch get together, I stopped on the way home at Wunder's German Lutheran cemetery and Jewish Graceland cemetery. Founded in the 1850's, both are some of the oldest cemetery's in Chicago.
Most of the time when I happen to be passing Wunder's it's closed, but I suppose they had to open it up to shovel out the snow, as the front chain link gate was open. There seemed to be only one man shoveling and he ignored me as I pushed my heavy dutch bike through the snow and up the snow covered drive.
I admired the old monuments, their writing worn off over the years, covered in pristine snow.
It was so quiet inside, the only sounds of the city were the soft swish swish of cars going by on Irving Park road, muffled by the snow. It was almost like being in a cemetery somewhere in the English countryside. I may even have heard birds tweeting. There wasn't a single person in the cemetery except myself, since the lone shoveler mentioned earlier was outside the cemetery shoveling the sidewalk. It was just me and lots of undisturbed snow.
It was a relaxing stop over (dare I say restfull?) on my journey home and hopefully in the springtime I might be able to catch it when it is open and enjoy a spring or summer day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.