Why Don’t You Go for a Stroll in Lakewood Cemetery?

It's awfully scenic in there

One of our favorite places to walk during the pandemic was Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, just a stone’s throw from Bde Maka Ska and the Roberts Bird Sanctuary. It was founded in 1871 and has a beautiful Byzantine memorial chapel, contemporary garden mausoleum, enormous old trees, and the prettiest little lake. Each time we go, we notice something different: a curiously shaped headstone or pyramid-like tomb, a hauntingly beautiful statue, and, this last month at least, more tulips than a dang botanical garden. And when the trees are blossoming… wow. We walk for miles sometimes—just admiring the grave markers and imagining the lives of those who came before us.

Well, that and chasing photo ops with camera-shy wild turkeys. 🦃

What follows is a quickie photo tour of some of our favorite finds.