I know some people think cemeteries are creepy, scary places but I love strolling through the old ones! So much history!!! I still remember when I was a little girl my mom telling me that she loved old cemeteries and I think that's probably why I like them now.
When my guy and I were at Yosemite a couple weeks ago, we were riding our bikes and came upon this cemetery! I've been to Yosemite a lot as a child and never saw this! I know my mom would have came here every year we visited if she knew it existed!
I was really drawn to this bench...I took photos of it from every angle! I could just picture people coming here through the years and sitting. I'm not sure how long the bench has been here but the cemetery has been here since the 1800s!
My guy and I have been seeing each other for 6 months so we are still finding our new things about each other. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he also likes to walk through old cemeteries! I should have known this...he's a huge history buff and he stops at every historical landmark sign we come across! Sometimes this involves crazy, abrupt stops while driving down the road! At least now I know when he slams on the brakes and pulls over what's going on!
I love this one above! It was carved wood and the letters were raised. Poor Effie Maud was just 14 years old. It says "She faltered by the wayside and the angels took her home". Anyone know what "faltered by the wayside" means? Maybe it just means she passed away?
There were a lot of these wooden headstones with very little information.
Most of the headstones here where very modest, nothing huge or extravagant.
John Anderson's headstone says he was killed by a horse. He was 55 years old.
After I took these photos of the cemetery we continued on our bike ride through the park. I came upon this sign below in another part of the park and remembered that I had taken a photo of James Hutchings'
headstone earlier. He and his wife were inn keepers at Yosemite in the 1800s.
This must be his daughter that is buried next to him...
This one below was one of the largest in the cemetery. It was so beautiful with the tree changing colors...
This (below) is a close up but it's still hard to read. Many of these are so old and weathered that they are almost impossible to read any longer. So sad!
This wasn't a traditional cemetery with the headstones all lined up in a row, as you can see in the photo below, they are all spread out...
Sadie drowned in the rapids and her headstone was erected by her companions.
It really was a wonderful experience to visit the Yosemite cemetery. You could just feel the history around you!
For more about my trip to Yosemite, click here: Yosemite