I have always enjoyed a good relaxing walk in a cemetery. When I walk Buster, we sometimes go next door and visit my neighbors in the cemetery. They are a quite bunch. Some of my friends don't get it, and think I'm further nuts walking a cemetery in October, especially so close to All Hallows Eve. I recently went to an event to hear a quartet play at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls section of Philly and got to hear our dear reader Cello Josh perform Halloween inspired music that night in a candle lit graveyard. I can't lie, it was pretty damn amazing. I decided to go earlier in the day before dark fell and take in the cemetery, like I have many times. I have always enjoyed Laurel Hill, which is the second-oldest rural cemetery in the US. It was established in 1820 by John Jay Smith when he was unable to find a respectable resting place in the city for his departed daughter. It's a glorious place, almost like a relaxing park really, and it over looks the Schuylkill River high up. I believe there are over 11,000 family plots and over 43,000 graves. But it's the tombstone, statuary and mausoleums that are huge and very ornate, many including and adored with grand marble and granite funerary monuments, elaborately sculpted hillside tombs. The craftsmanship leaves me in awe. Laurel Hill has some of Philly's most élite buried there , in addition to signers of the Declaration of Independence, many historical figures, Civil War generals, famous sports broadcasters and more than a few survivors of the Titanic. But when ever I go it provides not only a peaceful atmosphere, but looking at all the tombs and stone work is like looking at art in a museum. Laurel Hill is one of the few cemeteries in the US that has also been declared a National Historic Site, and it's no wonder considering it's history and beauty. It's nice to take a seat and enjoy lunch there on one of the many beaches.