Hello everyone! I have found this site so useful that I thought I would join and see if anyone can please help. When we moved to the Bay area from GA during summer it was recommended to take the most northern route to avoid the desert. I thought we were avoiding the really steep mountains by taking I-80 vs. I-70. I am terrified of heights and mountains and was in tears by the time we hit Utah. We are now relocating back to the east coast to NC in mid November. Since we are travelling with a 2 year old, 5 year old and a dog, we are most concerned about winter conditions, so after reading this forum we have decided to do I-10. The problem....I have read so many opinions online but cannot decide how we should get to I-10 from the bay area. Time is of no concern...I would rather spend a few more days driving to avoid mountains. We are not experienced big city drivers so 101 to LA is intimidating as is driving I-5 period. I most definitely want to avoid the Grapevine and Tepahachi pass at all costs. I also see that CA 99 has lots of fog. Someone posted re: avoiding mountains in winter from Oregon to Phoenix and someone suggested Hwy 95 in NV down to I-10. We would be willing to do that but is there a not too bad mountain pass that would get us to 95 from here? Should we go through Yosemite? ANY suggestions would be very much appreciated as I am in tears already and wanting to fly but we cannot afford to at this time. And we are not familiar with CA as we have not traveled outside the bay area. Thank you!