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Home, Sweet Boulevard…

After the TripFinally home after almost a week of vacation with Mom and 3-year old DS!  Our Odyssey transported us safely and with surprisingly good fuel economy, too.  My previous best tank fuel economy was 28.7 mpg through Iowa and Illinois on the way back from Yellowstone last year.  My previous best miles per tank was 501.1 miles the previous day on that same trip last year, from near Cheyenne to the Omaha area.  Today, those records were shattered.

Greetings from Lake Minnewaska

Sunset at Peter\'s ResortIt’s not as exciting CPS-wise as the Kidz In Motion conference or the ABC Kids Expo, but the sunsets sure are better!  The view was great from our doorstep at Peter’s Resort, though I had zero luck (ok, skill) with catching my son the “big one” he wanted.  Of course, his 6 year old cousin caught one…  Anyway, I’m taking a week long break from carseats while taking my mom to a mini family reunion.  10 hours is a long drive, but it was made easier since my only tag-along was 3-year old DS riding in his Britax Frontier.  Beyond that,

LATCH Then and Now

Costco Triad

 It is a sad moment.  My trusty Cosco Triad is finally going to the carseat graveyard.  It was returned to me last week by a friend who borrowed it years ago.  I had forgotten all about it.  Though it served 3 kids very well in its day, at 8 years old it is beyond its useable lifetime, so it is headed to the junk heap.  The sentiment reminded me of this video…  Back in 1999, I became involved in Child Passenger Safety when I couldn’t get a Century Smartmove to fit in a Saturn SL2 sedan.  If an engineer couldn’t do it, who could?  (Well, turns out those happened to be among the most difficult carseat and vehicle combinations at the time but I didn’t know that!).  It didn’t seem like it should be rocket science, but in some cases it certainly is.  There was hope, though- a new system called LATCH was coming.  In late 2000, I bought one of the first LATCH carseats on the market, a souped-up Cosco Touriva called the Triad.  Despite the cumbersome 2-ring tether adjuster, it installed quite nicely in my 2001 Honda Odyssey, also equipped with LATCH.  Less than a year later, I made a webpage (that’s a link to the archived version that appeared in spring/summer 2001) to help other parents learn as much as I did.

The Train Ride Home

As I wrote in a previous entry, we opted to take the Amtrak California Zephyr home, rather than fly.  Our youngest loves trains and we thought it would be a fun thing to do.  As a bonus, airports are always a bit stressful with 3 kids so the train had to be better, right?