I took a day trip from Sedona, Arizona to the Grand Canyon. I had only ever seen this wonder while flying overhead on the way to California.
My first experience in Grand Canyon National Park was a butt. Literally. I was happy to see it even so.
When we arrived at the South Rim, I thought I saw a teradactyl. No, not really. Though, what I saw was a very large bird - a California Condor. Determined to get the perfect photo, I stood still, only snapping photos. I did this for so long that I am surprised no one mistook me for a monument.
Here's the results. You'll notice I got the butt again.
Luck was unusually on my side. The clouds and rain arrived as we departed.