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Although I get strange looks when I mention I enjoy visiting historic cemeteries, it doesn’t deter me checking them out. They are interesting and peaceful. Recently I left busy M Street, with all its hustle and bustle of Georgetown’s shops and restaurants, and walked eight blocks up to Oak Hill Cemetery located at 30th and R Streets.

Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1849 through an Act of Congress and by Mr. W.W. Corcoran donating the land for the cemetery. Corcoran was a banker and philanthropist who also created the original Corcoran Gallery (now known as the Renwick Gallery).

The Gatehouse and Gothic Revival styled Chapel were designed by James Renwick in 1850. Renwick also designed the Smithsonian Castle building and St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Having visited Congressional Cemetery last August when they had visiting goats, I prefer the grounds at Oak Hill. The hilly, twenty four acres overlooking the Rock Creek are beautiful with mature trees, lots of plants and trails throughout the area.

My favorite thing to do when reading the headstone, besides finding an unusual name, is reading the dates and putting the life of the person into perspective as to what was going on at that time in history.

Here are a few photos from my outing:

Oak Hill Chapel designed by James Renwick.

Oak Hill Chapel designed by James Renwick.

Side view of the Oak Hill Chapel

Side view of the Oak Hill Chapel

Beautiful Fall foliage and blue skies

Beautiful Fall foliage and blue skies

There are trails throughout the cemetery so you won't be stepping on any graves.

There are trails throughout the cemetery so you won’t be stepping on any graves.

Oak Hill Cemetery Gatehouse ~ designed by James Renwick

Oak Hill Cemetery Gatehouse ~ designed by James Renwick

Original Bell at the Oak Hill Cemetery

Original Bell at the Oak Hill Cemetery

The fallen leaves throughout the Garden cemetery

The fallen leaves throughout the Garden cemetery

I found a "Giving Tree" stump

I found a “Giving Tree” stump

Oak Hill Cemetery's Welcome and Rules

Oak Hill Cemetery’s Welcome and Rules

Pumpkins in Georgetown

Pumpkins in Georgetown

Sweet Bulldog Statue

Sweet Bulldog Statue

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Georgetown

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Georgetown

Walking the leafy streets of Georgetown

Walking the leafy streets of Georgetown

The cemetery overlooks Rock Creek and the Rock Creek parkway.

The cemetery overlooks Rock Creek and the Rock Creek parkway.

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Kayak DC on the water

Blue skies, calm waters and a great day to kayak on the Potomac River. The local company Boating in DC has three locations and we chose Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown. Easy to get to and the staff are super friendly/helpful.

The views along the river are wonderful and include the lovely Kennedy Center, Georgetown waterfront, Roosevelt Island, Washington Monument & Lincoln monuments. For $15/hour, we rented our single kayaks and made our along the Potomac for a relaxing time on the water…

Kayaking
Leaving the dock

Kayaking under the bridge
Under the Key Bridge

Kayak too much fun

Kayaking

Kayaking

Kayak in front of boat club
Kayaking along the Potomac

We’ve always been fans of kayaking especially in the islands. Here’s an old photo from our Guam days…

Kayaking on Cocos Island, Guam
Kayaking off Cocos Island, Guam

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Continuing Day 1 with our visitors:

After our tour of Arlington Cemetery, we road the metro to Rosslyn then grabbed a free Georgetown Shuttle to M Street in Georgetown. First stop: lunch at Good Stuff Eatery. It’s become our go-to place. and we’ve been to both the Georgetown and Capitol Hill restaurants frequently. The staff always delivers consistently, delicious food and the service is quick and friendly.  How can you go wrong with the best burgers in DC (I get the ‘shroom veggie burger), rosemary french fries and yummy shakes. My favorite is the salted caramel.

Good Stuff Eatery Burger Fries, Shake

Good Stuff Eatery Lunch

Feeling stuffed and satisfied, we headed over to the second highest observation point in DC. The Washington Memorial is still under renovations so the Old Post Office tower is the next best view. It didn’t disappoint!

Old Post Office DC

View of the Capitol Building from the observation deck at 270 feet at the Old Post Office Tower

Old Post Office view of Washington Monument

View of the Washington Monument from the Old Post Office

Post Office IV

Old Post Office Building

Old Post Office deserted

The interior looks lonely right now but The Old Post Office will be soon be transformed into The Trump International Hotel due to open in 2016.

Old Post Office Congress bells

Congress Bells in the Old Post Office Tower

National Post Office Building

If you’re in DC during the next couple of weeks, be sure to visit the Old Post Office Tower before it undergoes renovations. And I highly recommend Good Stuff Eatery if you’re a fan of Burgers, Fries and a Shakes. Besides Georgetown and Capitol Hill, they are also located in Crystal City in Northern Virginia.

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