Hotels generally don’t figure prominently in my imagination, but Yosemite Valley does, and so does the glamorous Ahwahnee Hotel. When my father took me on Yosemite climbing trips in the 1980s, we never stayed at the Ahwahnee — it costs a fortune — but Dad always brought clean dress shirts so that we could hang out in the Ahwahnee’s kitschy Indian Room Bar before we slept illegally under the evergreens.
"Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, What?" is from the September 02, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Daniel Duane and narrated by Kristi Burns.