I have been reading a book about the great lodges of the national parks and a couple of weeks ago I mentioned to Val I was reading about El Tovar, a historic lodge on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. She had been thinking of going somewhere for my birthday so she decided to check for availability at El Tovar and surprisingly there were rooms available. I've heard that you have to reserve a year ahead of time, but they have been doing a historical renovation and evidently freed up some rooms early. Val happened to time it just right so the trip was on. We haven't been to Las Vegas in over a year so we decided to add a stop there on our trip home. We're only going to be gone a week, but are excited to be on the road again.
We are doing our usual early getaway to Tehachapi and are staying there tonight. We left home just after noon and were in Tehachapi just after 3:00. The weather was cool with heavy overcast, but no rain and no traffic so it was an easy drive. We had dinner at the Red House, our favorite barbecue place here and got back in time to watch the Academy Awards. We usually try to see as many of the Academy Award nominees as possible, but this year because of Val's surgery, we have seen very few so it won't be as interesting.
Tomorrow we will take the half day drive to Laughlin and then continue on to the Grand Canyon on Tuesday. We are taking a leisurely start to this short trip.