We have reservations at the Ahwahnee on Sunday October 20. We will tour around Yosemite before overnighting in Napa on Tuesday Oct. 22. We fly home from San Francisco later that week. Knowing how iffy the weather can be at this time of the year, which option should we do? Option (1) fly into Reno on Saturday October 19 and drive to Lake Tahoe, overnight in Lake Tahoe and then drive to Mono Lake and Juno Lake before arriving in Yosemite. Option (2) fly to Las Vegas, catch a show on the Saturday and make the 9 hour drive through Death Valley to Yosemite or Option (3) fly into San Francisco and drive to Yosemite immediately and stay outside the park the first night. We are a couple travelling with our 16 year old son. We love gorgeous scenery, photography, nature, hiking, horse back riding. We are not into casinos or gambling. A drive around Lake Tahoe might be pretty, but I do not see why I would pay to stay at the Marriiott on South Lake Tahoe which has no view of the lake and the gondola will be closed. While I wiould like a kayak or small boat tour around Emerald Bay, we are not the type to enjoy the Miss Dixie. Any suggestions are most appreciated by the east coast traveller who does not get to see the west coast often enough.