Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Going to Hungary

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Gabi and Veronica are going to Hungary next week. They’ll be there for six days, leaving the other three kids in my care here in California.

January tickets are relatively cheap, and we don’t have much longer for Veronica to fly in Gabi’s lap. They’ll have a great time.

Not so sure about the rest of us, of course …

India Bicycle Christmas Gift

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

My sister, Helen, contacted me in late November. She said that she wanted to give daughter Alex a copy of the photo of me in India on my bicycle years ago. I told her I would and, weeks later, I started looking into it.

Unfortunately, the quick scans I have of the sole surviving photo (located at the Freitag family farm in Monticello, Wisconsin) are not detailed enough for a full enlargement. So, I had to add other objects to make an acceptable 5″ x 7″ image — a map and some of the text from my blog post (here).

She seems happy with it, and I wanted a publicly available spot to be able to download the printable image. It’s here.

Last Seaworld Visit of 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Veronica and Walrus, Beauty and the Beast

Aunt Helen gave us Seaworld tickets in June. In the six months since then, we’ve been there at least four times that we remember. The ability to return again and again makes for a low-pressure situation where we can do just a few hours in the sun and waves, see a couple of shows and ride a few rides. Great fun!

Sleepy young ones at the Pet Show

Indiana Trip

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Bistro 501, Lafayette

Just got back from a three day stay in Indianapolis. The highlight was taking Mom to Lafayette for dinner at Bistro 501 with Nic and Marti (great place!). Mom is in great shape; she has some major projects under way. Also saw Helen, Tom and TJ while in Indy.

Indianapolis Colts swag

And what’s a trip to Indy without a quick trip to the sports section of the local Walmart for Colts swag? Kids (and Gabi) loved it. Great going against the Broncos this weekend, Colts.

Melchior Steussy Passenger Manifest?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Click on the image to see the full-size version.

Passenger #130 here looks very much like it might be Melchior Stüßi. It was certainly the closest match in the passenger manifests kept on microfiche from that era. The age (22) is right. Date of landing (November 12, 1845) is right as well. Switzerland is the country of origin.

If so, then he appears to be traveling with a Samuel Stüssi who is 18 years old (passenger #129). is offering free searches until 9/6/2010.

Calvin Steussy: Burial

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

We returned from New Glarus this morning at 3:30am. I have a treasure trove of images, videos and documents to share. Since I’m traveling again at the end of this week, it may be ten days or more before the best of these gets published.

Dad’s burial was at 10am, Saturday July 24, at the Swiss Reformed Cemetery in New Glarus, Wisconsin. A tent stands over the proceedings to protect from sun or rain. The location is perfect — on top of a low hill, immediately adjacent to Dad’s mother and father (Helen Freitag Steussy and Edwin Emil Steussy).

The roses, red and white for the University of Wisconsin, are ready. The urn is a polished rosewood box. Click below for more photos.

Explaining the tombstones and what a cemetery is to the next generation.

Inside the tent: Nic, Mom, Barbara, Chris

Lindsay, Marti and David; before the services

Jolly Sue, Buzzy, Veronica, Aaron and Gabi

Mom lays a red rose on Dad's urn

Camilla chooses a rose for Grandpa Cal, helped by Cousin Alex.

Daniel's rose is white

Close up of Dad's roses

After services, a look at Steussy's from the past. Here rests Maria Steussy, died of TB at age 23 in 1898. Mother to three boys, including Grandfather Edwin and Great Uncle Henry.

Another view of Maria Steussy's headstone

Chris looks at the tombstone of Melchoir Steussy, the first Steussy. Note the tombstone was raised by Melchoir's son Jacob, who changed the spelling of his name.

Locations of the tombstones

KC gives Aaron an impromptu spelling lesson nearby

Thanks to Helen for several of these pictures.

Links to Facebook Photos

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

I have a lot of photos on Facebook. Please find them at the following links.

First Day
Dinner at Mary and Larry’s

Finally, a one minute video of the oompah band playing for us at Wednesday morning breakfast:

I Predict Troubles Tomorrow

Monday, July 19th, 2010


Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Suzhou Photo Album

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Nighttime traffic in Shanghai, under the lights of the elevated highways.

Virtually every photo I took during the two week trip is here.