Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum. My girlfriend's sister is giving us her car so my buddy and I are flying out to Portland to drive it back to Washington shortly after New Years. I am budgeting 2 weeks and probably $1500 or so (plus whatever he spends). I wanted to drive down the California coast to LA before heading east as to avoid the bad winter weather through the midwest and plain states. Besides, I know people in SF, LA and Houston and these will all make fine stopping points. I was hoping people could give me any advice about this type of trip. I was thinking I will probably FedEx my girlfriend's sister most of our stuff a few days before the trip so that we don't have to fly with all of our camping and car gear. We will probably spend most of our nights in hotels or driving, but will spend the odd night camping out when the weather is nice enough. I appreciate all responses.