As the year 2006 fades into oblivion, I though I would share some of my cemetery hoppin’ tips with you all. Afterall, this is the blog of a “bonecollector”…muhahahahahahaha.
As for some Cemetery Hoppin’ advice:
1. Wear long pants and comfortable shoes.
2. Bring along some weed and/or brush clearing tools…just in case the cemetery has been left neglected and the stones are obscured or hard to get to.
3. Bring shaving cream (yes, you read that right), a spray bottle of water, paper towels, and a squeegee. Some stones have eroded over time and are very difficult to read. Simply spray shaving cream over the info on the stone and then squeegee it off. The shaving cream will settle into the inscription and make it legible. I know it sounds nuts but it works and it will not damage the stone. Once you’ve gotten your info, simply spray the stone with water and wipe it off with the paper towels.
4. Take photos of EVERY stone in the cemetery. You never know what you may uncover. I highly recommend digital pictures as they can be downloaded straight to your computer. Hint: If you intend to hop more than one cemetery in a single outing, write the cemetery name and location on a piece of paper and take a photo of that piece of paper at the beginning of each cemetery. This will help to differentiate between cemeteries once you get home and forget which stones were in which cemetery…oh, and you will forget…trust me!
5. Last, but not least, be prepared to have fun and solve a mystery or two!