This afternoon, after visiting Harlick Boots (for custom skate boots – a lovely and wonderful place if you need the best skate boots in the universe either roller or ice) my daughter and I decided not to head right back home. Driving to Half Moon Bay would have been too far so we decided to visit someplace beautiful and quiet and full of interesting people.
Our destination was in the Oakland Hills – The Mountain View Cemetery. There are about 28,000 internments and many more stories that can be found on the stones and in the air. This beautiful place is a wonderful trip for those who are looking for a stroll, or a rest, or to catch up with old friends, or to find solitude.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to tour the entire 266 acres, but we did manage to take a nice walk around Millionaire’s Row and found quite a few familiar names.
As always in cemeteries there are stories of lives lived and death. Too many lives are cut short. Too many children died before their parents. Too many were lost in wars. That said, there are many stories of lives well spent surrounded by love.
From Wikipedia: The Mountain View Cemetery is a large 226-acre (91 ha) cemetery in Oakland, Alameda County, California. It was established in 1863 by a group of East Bay pioneers under the California Rural Cemetery Act of 1859. The association they formed still operates the cemetery today. Mountain View was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who also designed New York City’s Central Park and much of UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Many of California’s important historical figures, drawn by Olmsted’s reputation, are buried here and there are many grandiose crypts in tribute to the wealthy who are buried there, so many that one section is known as “Millionaires’ Row.” Because of this, and its beautiful setting, the cemetery is a tourist draw and docents lead semi-monthly tours.
Enjoy the few photos I took from my magic phone. Alas these do not do justice to the place.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman