Haven't been there, but don't worry about the drive and closeness - grab the site and enjoy Yosemite on day trips. My sister lives in Coarsegold (south entrance) and frequently takes jaunts down to the valley floor ~ the views are fantastic! BTW, there are lots of neat/fun locations just outside of Yosemite you can also enjoy ... let it happen, don't be too structured ... and have fun!
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