Hello, I've long been resisting the siren song of general aviation by telling myself that if I didn't have enough useful reasons to fly it would end up being a waste. New hobbies are great, but what I really want is a hobby that makes it easier and more fun to enjoy my other hobbies. To that end, I was hoping someone with experience could set realistic expectations about what it would be like to want to often fly from the LA area to the eastern sierras and north of lake tahoe. I realize this is putting the cart before the horse and there are many nuances to these questions, but I don't want to have a goal in mind and then find out later it's not very feasible. Is this possible year round? Are the condition windows so tight it would be regularly difficult to do weekend trips without disrupting the work week? What class of plane is required to do this with a significant margin of safety (e.g. bringing the family, not just solo)? Are these routes challenging enough that you would want to see significantly more experience and time before attempting them? Thanks!