Life at the cemetery
February 8, 2009, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Adventure, Travel


ARLINGTON, Va. — Lisa and I ventured the two Metro stops up to Arlington National Cemetery today and spent, well, a good three hours there. It was an unseasonably beautiful day — sunny and at least 65 degrees, though a bit windy. We were walking around in our T-shirts. In February!

Anyway, we saw most of the popular things: JFK’s eternal flame, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Robert E. Lee’s former mansion. But I had the best time just wandering through the fields, reading names and looking at dates.

I didn’t find it an especially sobering experience. For some reason, I rarely think of cemeteries as what they are: collections of dead people. Maybe it was because we mainly walked through the graves of people who lived full lives — rather than the young soldiers — but, in general, I find cemeteries more alive than dead.

Maybe it was the warm weather and the promise of spring. Or the cardinals pecking at the ground. Or the company. Regardless, it was a nice time.

D.C. and some museums tomorrow. Stay tuned.


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Maybe it’s inherited — I’ve always loved cemeteries. So many stories in such beautiful places.

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