"+Karl Smith - I've stayed in Oakdale on the way there (leaving in the evening after work). I've stayed in Mariposa to reach the valley or Hetch Hetchy, in Mammoth Lakes to reach the Tuolumne Meadows (coming from 395, with Bodie and Mono Lake along the way). I've also stayed in Oakhurst or Visalia when going from Yosemite to Sequoia. Yosemite is also a possible day trip (I plan for 3h45 each way between my home on the SF peninsula and Yosemite Village, when driving somewhat aggressively and when the traffic is smooth)
+Ben Collins-Sussman - Yup, 17mm on a 5D. I was really lucky to get those clouds on an otherwise sunny summer day."