I had a few days off surrounding my birthday. I figured I was way overdue to see the Grand Canyon for the first time, especially since I currently have an America the Beautiful pass. I had such a lazy start to my trip, I didn't leave Vegas until 1pm. Fortunately, I still got to the south rim with plenty of time to set up my tent and go catch the sunset somewhere.
I usually try to avoid lens flare, but this is one case where I tried to capture it on purpose. It's not quite as dramatic as I had hoped, but quite frankly (and sadly), this is the best photo I've got for this first day of my trip. And being the thorough (read: anal) person that I am, I can't not include at least one photo for each day.