Saturday, May 24, 2008

Start of a long weekend

After morning chores we went for a bike ride today - my first real "off road" experience on my new bike.  It took a bit of getting used to, but I liked it and the bike rode great in the dirt and gravel.  

Down one dirt road we found a cemetery  - Riverside Cemetery - with most graves from the 1800's or so. The usual sad looking stories, young children buried by their parents; one husband and two wives and so on.  

But strangely we found a marker stone that said "Jacob A Riis is buried in this cemetery".  Jacob Riis???  "How the other Half Lives"????  In Barre Massachusetts?  I was stunned and of course googled it as soon as I got home.   Yup...it was him!  I have all his books, and while he was a person of his times - his eye for the perfect photo was amazing.  The people in his photographs speak to you even after all these years.

You never know what you will find on those simple bike rides on a lovely Saturday afternoon  

4 comments:

Forever Young said...

no pics are appearing here for this entry...check and see if others are getting them...i love cemetries in my own way, they bring me back down to earth...dust to dust...etc...helps not to worry my pal! hugs and wfs.

Mim said...

As usual, I am "Mac Challenged" and couldn't figure out how to put in pictures for this post! I am actually going to sign up for classes at the Mac store, so that they can beat the information into my head!

sukipoet said...

Never heard of him. But I love gravesites of artists and writers. Sounds like a fin ride.

Michele said...

I'm totally jealous of your fun bicycle outing. Glad you had such a great adventure.