World-traveled friends have for years told me that Yosemite National Park is among the most beautiful places anywhere. In October, I began a vacation with two nights at the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley.
The hotel has an extraordinary rustic elegance and its dining room compares well with Los Angeles' best restaurants. Unfortunately, the hotel allowed guests' children to run the hallways with all the noise and rowdiness appropriate for the outdoors. In addition, my friend and I were annoyed by a nearby infant's loud, continuous crying. The hotel staff politely said that they could not act unless we could specifically locate the problem. I have: It's the Ahwahnee management during our two-day visit. I did not know that "Ahwahnee" would be onomatopoeia for the early morning sounds we would hear.