Thursday, March 24, 2011

Green Lawn Cemetery, Take One

So, I don't know how much attention anyone pays to my AtlasQuest widget up there in the corner, but if you do, you may have noticed that my find count has shot up pretty dramatically over the past couple of days. "Why?" you might ask. The answer is the Green Lawn Park located here in Columbus, Ohio. It's a historical cemetery full of monuments, elaborate mausoleums, and a wonderful assortment of local flora and fauna. It's the resting place of several local figures like Eddie Rickenbacker, famous race car driver and WWI flying ace. We saw cardinals, blue jays, and goldfinches, enormous trees as well as a bridge and several monuments over a hundred years old.

The other wonderful thing about Green Lawn? It is absolutely chock -full of letterboxes. I found this out when I started to compile a list of new areas for us to visit. There are several single boxes and a number of series there too--so many in fact, that we only managed to get ten of them in one day. The park is just so huge and there are so many planted there that even with the plenty of time we allowed ourselves, there was no way to get every single one. We're going to have to go back on another one of those rare occasions we have a day off together. Unfortunately, the park is located close to downtown, and some people apparently have a hard time respecting the grounds, which has made me resolve to start packing a trash bag or two in with our usual kit. All in all though, it was a beautiful, overcast day to spent amongst the departed. I can't wait to go back and get the other half. Lots of photos after the jump!

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial 

People still bring things to Eddie's grave. I've never seen a shrine like this in person!

It's spring. Someone please inform the weather.

A blue jay! He kept hopping around in the thicket, so this was the best shot of him I could snap.

One of the old section signs. Way cooler looking than the new ones, if you ask me.

Detail of the mausoleum door.

1 comment:

  1. Great pics, if it you didnt tell me it was a cemetery i would have believed it was a park