I lived in Portland after the hurricane in 05 up until December of 06. It was then that I decided to move back to my home town to gain some closer and, if nothing more... to say good-bye. Well, it has not even been a year since I have been back in New Orleans and I am ready to go back to the great and beautiful Pacific Northwest!! I am leaving New Orleans on November 9th and driving to Oregon to begin my new life!! I need a bit of help though. I have never driven cross-country before and when I lived in Oregon last I did not have a car (although I did on occasion borrow friends cars) I have never driven through snow... since I am driving in November I am not sure what to expect on my journey. Have any of you ever made a similar trip? Any suggestions? Places to stop along the way? routes to take? any info will be great!!! Also, I am bring my cat... poor kitty has done some moving .. Portland is actually her home town... this time we are driving back together... any suggestions on driving with your pet???