Snowy Monroe Street Cemetery - The Dainty Squid

Snowy Monroe Street Cemetery

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Monday I took my first real bike ride in the snow. I'd ridden while it was snowing before, but never with snow on the road. I haven't been living in Cleveland too long but long enough to notice they definitely don't take as nice care of the roads as they do in Lakewood. So this was my first ride on slushy, dirty, icky snow. It was...scary? I don't know, I just know I'm not exactly a fan. I'd much rather ride in colder weather but with no snow. Drivers are bad enough in perfect weather so riding in this when people are slipping and sliding around is terrifying. Maybe if I had somewhere important to be I wouldn't mind taking my bike but biking around in this for fun just seems dangerous.
On my short, 2 mile ride around the neighborhood I swung by Monroe Street Cemetery. It had been snowing all day and I had a feeling it would look beautiful there. Surprise, surprise, it was!! Cemeteries are always peaceful to begin with but with fresh, untouched snow it really takes it up a notch. If all of winter was like I wouldn't mind it as much as I do but in no time the snow will begin to melt, patches of ground will make the snow brown, everything will be soggy, and just sad looking. Fresh snow just makes it feel like everything is perfect, and right if even for just a moment. Even if I didn't love the ride there or back I'm glad I got to experience the cemetery right then.
I guess you've gotta try it before you knock it but snow riding isn't for me. I don't mind the cold too much so I'll be back out just as soon as the snow clears up a bit! See ya soon, bicycle.
xoxo

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  1. Oh man, this IS perfect. I definitely need to make an effort to get to my favorite cemeteries after a snowfall. These photos are so dreamy!

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    1. It is seriously killing me you don't live closer. WE HAVE ALL THE SAME DANG INTERESTS!

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  2. Beautiful photos! They all look so *quiet*. :)

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  3. I really think you should do a photo series featuring your bike. The color of it pops so well against a more neutral background!

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    1. I would love to! I mean, I guess I kind of already am since I take a picture of it on just about every ride but it would be cool to see them all together.

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  4. Cemeteries are really beautiful during Winter! I really love how the one back home is lit with so incredibly many lights on Christmas eve. So pretty in the dark!

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    1. Wait, they put Christmas lights in your cemetery?! That sounds beautiful!!!

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  5. I have never seen a cemetery covered in snow before, it looks gorgeous!

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    1. It really is! Definitely something you have to experience in person too.

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  6. I rode my bike to work every day last winter without trouble (it was only three km each way), but back then the snow was packed and the weather was stable. This winter it's been snowing and raining and freezing and then snowing again. It's just horrible to ride on slushy/icy snow, so no biking for me so far this winter :( Plus, they've been salting the roads like crazy over here, and I don't want to kill my bike.

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    1. Yeah, this winter has definitely been a strange one! I'm dying for it to be spring again. I can't wait to ride and not be wearing a million layer.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! And, I just noticed you don't have fenders. Good lord, lady! How do you survive without them? Haha :)

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    1. Hahaha! This was only the second day ever where I was like "wow, I need fenders" I actually rode to the bike shop to pick some up but figured I'd look online for white ones first before settling on black ones that don't really match.

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    2. I had the same problem! I have a purple bike and refused to get fenders until I could find something that matched. Then it started raining a bunch and I hated showing up to work with a wet butt. Black fenders it is!

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  8. This reminds me of the beginning of the Grand Budapest Hotel!

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    1. I will take any compliment when someone compares something I posted to something Wes Anderson. :P

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  9. Ah, it's so beautiful! We don't get much snow in Seattle but if we do the first place I am heading is to my neighborhood cemetery.

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    1. Hah! Well when you do, post some pictures. I'd love to see. Seattle is such a beautiful city.

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  10. Wow it sure does look incredible! We had snow as well but it wasn't much :)

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    1. Yeah, we got hit hard, and pretty fast too! It always sucks for driving in but that's when everything looks the prettiest.

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  11. Wow, I can't imagine riding a bike through snow! I'm glad you got to see the cemetery in such a beautiful state though - your photos are incredible, I wish I could step inside them.

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  12. Such great pictures! But i was wondering if it's safe to bike in the snow, cause I just moved to Canada and feel a bit scared about that! :)

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    1. I mean, it's obviously less safe than biking on dry ground but there are definitely ways to make it safe! I'm sure there is tons of info on google about biking in the snow.
      Good luck! :)

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  13. GORGEOUS photos. Also, I love your bike. I think I'm going to get a bike this year and while I'm sure it won't be as handsome as yours you've really inspired me to pick it up. I'm nervous about riding in town, but I live in a small town so I should probably let that go. I'm just nervous about things till I get into the swing of it.

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Ahhh! Awesome, I really hope you do get a bike. I can't believe how much mine changed my life.
      :)

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! Snow and cemeteries are two of my favourite things. ♥

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  15. Wow, just love cemeteries especially in the snow. I get to cold to go even without snow. Thanks for posting this. I forgot to let you know also in the survey that I enjoy the cementaries posts that you visit.

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