US West Coast Drive with Two Cousins: We Meet in Seattle

July 12, 2017

There will be some blog posts coming soon that will explain my “App family” German roots, and how part of our family moved from Germany to Switzerland around 1900. They will also explain how my Swiss cousin, Pius App, and I met for the first time in Chicago on November 11, 2014.

He invited my wife and I to visit him and his brothers in Switzerland, so on September 5, 2016 we traveled to Zurich, Switzerland to meet Pius for two weeks of the most wonderful vacation you could imagine. That’s another set of blog postings that will be coming soon.

Hotel Schatzalp, Davos, Switzerland

After we returned home, I received this email from Pius on March 1, 2017:

Dear Larry
Today I got an offer from Swiss/Lufthansa because I have so many miles on my account. They offered me a flight to Seattle in Business Class (nearly for free) between 1. Juli and mid August.
I always wanted to drive by car between Seattle and San Francisco. And to visit the Donner Pass, the grave of John Mathias App in Jamestown, to see the App Mine, and to visit Patricia Hillman in Tulare.
Wanna join?
Just an idea.

Of course! The two of us arranged to meet in Seattle on July 12, 2017 and to drive down the Washington and Oregon coasts. Then we would turn inland in northern California and travel south as far as Tulare, California, and finally drive back to Seattle to spend a few days. It would take us almost two weeks and 2,500 miles (4,000  km).

It was a 15 hour flight for Pius from Frankfort, Germany and he crossed nine time zones. Along the way he was able to check on the global warming situation in Greenland (Grönland). There seems to be no such problem there.

Greenland (Grönland), July 12, 2017

In the afternoon we met in the Seattle Airport Marriott hotel reception area over a beer, and we just continued our conversations from when we were in Switzerland and from emails. Great times! We will have a light supper tonight in the hotel restaurant and tomorrow leave at 7:00 am to begin our trip… eating breakfast along the way. The weather along the coast to Newport, Oregon is supposed to be 55 – 69 degrees (13 – 20 C) and overcast until later in the day.

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I am an Elkhart, Indiana native and became interested in applying video to history when consumer video cameras were first introduced on the market in the late 1970’s. My production company, Stories Retold, specializes in preserving oral history, traditions, and values with video. Primarily interviewing individuals, I sometimes document families, and on occasion document an entire community. My niche is developing a personal relationship with clients which helps me to tell their story just the way they would like to have it told. Everyone has a story worth preserving, and I enjoy discovering interesting stories from people with whom I come into contact on a daily basis. In years to come, these videos will be priceless as they portray original stories complete with visual images and actual voices filled with all the primary material and emotion that was intended to be. I gain a strong sense of personal satisfaction with each completed project whether it involves an individual or an entire community.
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