This trip will be filled with childhood dreams come true. I was born into a family that thought camping meant staying at a Holiday Inn. At 8 I remember going to a travel agency with my Mom and seeing flyers about the National Parks. Later I would see a PBS special on WPA lodges. The El Tovar at the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park were burned into my visual memory. As we pulled into Grand Canyon National Park I spotted 2 ravens on the roof of the guard house. A sign this would be a great event.
|The leg of El Tovar dinning room facing the canyon.|
We arrived at the Grand Canyon, and it was "undercast" with clouds below us hiding most of the canyon. Dinner and breakfast was at the El Tovar. I was in heaven. A grand lodge made of logs, stone, and craftsman details. I took a lot of photos. I will let them finish this blog. They say more than I can express.
|Main dinning room with Native neighbor paintings.|
|Leaded glass fixtures throughout|
|FDR's private dinningroom|
|Stairway and balcony at El Tovar|
|Every lodge must have a moose!|
|Livingroom corner at El Tovar|
|The Sunset tour before sunset|
Next our helicopter ride and sunset with a raven show.
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