Away Is Home

The Elliott Family is planning the ultimate road trip across the USA, and you're invited. This is the trip preparation and planning site for Kari Haugeto, a.k.a. "Aren, Iden and Erysse Elliott's Mom."
~ Monday, October 20 ~
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Betcha aren’t ready for winter roadways (I’m not)

Betcha aren’t ready for winter roadways (I’m not)

The first flakes of snow are falling in the mountains of California, Utah and Colorado, even though we’re barely halfway through October.

But for the rest of the country, winter weather still seems a long way off.

So when should you start prepping the family vehicle for the changing season and gear up for the dreaded winter holiday shopping and road-trip traffic? What kinds of pre-travel checks…

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~ Sunday, October 19 ~
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Loud-mouth traveling companions can cause big problems

Loud-mouth traveling companions can cause big problems

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~ Saturday, October 18 ~
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Fall in the national parks: you’ve got to see it to believe it

Fall in the national parks: you’ve got to see it to believe it

The 2-1/2 mile hike to Rose River Falls is classified as “easy” in all of the guides to Shenandoah National Park, but easy is relative. If you come here during the fall, just as the leaves begin turning golden and the summer humidity gives way to lower temperatures, this is no easy hike.

It is distracting.

Look up, and you see a kaleidoscope of fall foliage colors — orange, amber and gold. Don’t…

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Tags: grand tetons national parks shenandoah skyland resort Volcano
~ Thursday, October 16 ~
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The pork rind selection is exceptional @EZShop in #Hardeeville @Hertz for my #USNABand friends (at e-z shop horizon)

The pork rind selection is exceptional @EZShop in #Hardeeville @Hertz for my #USNABand friends (at e-z shop horizon)

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Our fifth @SpringhillSuites @Marrott in #FlorenceSC #roadtrip to #niagarafalls  (at Florance Sc)

Our fifth @SpringhillSuites @Marrott in #FlorenceSC #roadtrip to #niagarafalls (at Florance Sc)

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~ Wednesday, October 15 ~
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Are your travelling companions revealing too much?

Are your travelling companions revealing too much?

Normally, I’m not a paranoid person. Still, there are times when we’re traveling as a family that I have to shush my kids and tell them they’re revealing too much personal information.

No, not that kind of information.

I’m talking about the kind of juicy tidbits that can also attract trouble.

Here’s a great example: “Mommy is your password still 123456?” Or a new personal favorite: “Don’t worry…

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~ Tuesday, October 14 ~
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The American Falls @NiagaraFalls (at Niagara Falls Welcome Center)

The American Falls @NiagaraFalls (at Niagara Falls Welcome Center)


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Beautiful day to see @NiagaraFalls (at Queen Victoria Park)

Beautiful day to see @NiagaraFalls (at Queen Victoria Park)


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Was much faster to get into @VisitOntario @Canada than @ILoveNY #niagarafalls  (at Niagara Falls US/Canada Border)

Was much faster to get into @VisitOntario @Canada than @ILoveNY #niagarafalls (at Niagara Falls US/Canada Border)

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Gone to see the Falls #NiagaraFalls #roadtrip @Hertz (at Niagara Falls State Park, USA)

Gone to see the Falls #NiagaraFalls #roadtrip @Hertz (at Niagara Falls State Park, USA)

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