Since DH and I moved to Central/Northern Arizona, we are now so much closer to one of the Seven Natural Wonders, The Grand Canyon. What makes it that much better is, we purchased a Senior Pass back a-ways when they were still only $10 for a lifetime of entrance to any of
¹ “… recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Parks Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers’.”
The card holder, in a private vehicle (as we were) can even take along 3 other adults, FREE! WOW! We were trying to think how many times we’ve used DH’s America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass over the years as well as how many other folks have tagged along for the ride… a lot!
As of the end of August 2017, the price changed to $80, but if you think about it, that’s still a great deal. Here’s a good example of that value: it now costs $30 per carload of 4 to get into the Grand Canyon, which went up too. Both of us were pretty sure that it was $20 or $25, so there you are.
Last week, DH and I were talking about a day trip somewhere, seeing as we hadn’t gone or done anything in a while.
My suggestion was to start out really early in the morning on a car trip; we could have lunch at the El Tovar Restaurant in the Grand Canyon. YEAH, let’s go!
What a fascinating building. Originally a Harvey House, servicing the Santa Fe Railway, the El Tovar Hotel was built in 1905 and is still in operation more than 100 years later.
We decided once we got up to the hotel that we’d walk around for a while, along the South Rim Trail. **Hint: You’re at over 6772 feet above Sea level, take your time, it’s not going anywhere – walk slowly and take small sips of water to overcome becoming dizzy.
There are some very unusual rock formations for sure. Everywhere you turn is a wonder.
DH and I are still trying to figure out why there are pennies embedded into the pathway every so many feet???
Okay, so are you hungry yet? 😀
The restaurant in the El Tovar Hotel is “white linen service”, but don’t let that stop you from having lunch or breakfast for that matter. It’s much more relaxed during the daytime hours. And that view, I mean, come on man! Be sure to go early and ask for a table near the windows, or call ahead for a reservation.
Sylvia, our server today, took our order and promptly brought us a basket full of these heavenly rolls. I’m not sure exactly what was in them, but do try them. And I think that it was salted BUTTER to schmear all over them. We asked for a second basket. 😉
DH had the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich and I, the Rib Eye sandwich. Both were very good and generous. We were stuffed. So we walked around a bit more, exploring the gift shop and then out to the veranda to simply sit in their Rocking Chairs and stare at the beauty. I requested a glass of wine and DH a coffee. Aahhh!
What an afternoon!
*Hint # 2 : I suppose folks think that there’s going to be a ton of snow, ice and general crummy weather at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (the North Rim closes from October through May) in the Winter. Check the weather reports before you do go, but we had a spectacular, sunny, warm day (it was in the sixties). And guess what? There were very few people. That was the first time that DH and I have not been elbow-to-elbow with humanity at the Grand Canyon!!!
¹ Quote from http://www.nps.gov