How to be Safe in the Cemetery

Believe it or not, I’m still fiddling with my speech for the Death Salon. I’ve got way too much information to fit into my allotted time. While I stress over that, here is one of my favorite cemetery essays from 2011.

Cemetery Travel: Your Take-along Guide to Graves & Graveyards Around the World

Earlier this month I explored the historic cemeteries of Pescadero. The grass was ankle-high on the Protestant side, but over my knees on the Catholic side. Holes the size of juice glasses riddled the ground, but I never saw a mouse or gopher poke his head out.

Where there is prey, however, there will be predators. I kept an eye open for snakes. When I could, I walked on the graves’ curbs and watched my feet in the grass.

I’d nearly finished my exploration and was headed cross-country down the grassy slope when something caught my eye. In the grass lay the longest snakeskin I’ve ever seen shed in the wild. I should have thrown my notebook down for scale when I took the photo. Trust me, this skin was as long as my leg.

Which got me thinking: I’ve explored American graveyards from inner-city Detroit to ghost towns in…

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About Loren Rhoads

I'm co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. Angelus Rose, the final book, came out in February 2020. I am the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire: An Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief. I'm also author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel--and a space opera trilogy.
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3 Responses to How to be Safe in the Cemetery

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    That was a great post, Loren. 🙂


  2. coastalcrone says:

    I had missed this post so thanks for the re-post. Being safe in cemeteries is quite practical. Down here there always seem to be holes, cracks, thorns and fire ants. Good reminder!

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