I'm completely new to this, but so far it's quite a bit of fun for the open-road enthusiast. I'm hoping some expert Pacific Northwest traveler can give me some words of wisdom for traveling from Seattle (UW! GO Huskies!), to California. I'm from CA and hoping to drive down to see my family. I'm not into the "road trip" aspect of things for now I guess. I'm just doing the 5 right on down. But I've done the straight drive from here to LA-ish area round trip about six times, about four times I drove it alone. I've never had a problem doing it all the way through in one day...but I've only done this drive in Spring/Summer months. the southern oregon region/Siskiyous (can anyone really spell that right?), are intimidating for me especially in winter. I drive an '07 focus, so a little car with tiny tires. I know i'll need to carry chains, not too worried about installing them...but my question is how is the ICE? Altitude + cold + I have a hard time not speeding = what are the odds I'll get stuck somewhere? Is it a wise decision to drive it this time of year?Advice for this solo traveller would be most appreciated!