We were picked up right on time at our hotel. We made a few more pickups and then proceeded in the very comfortable motor coach to the airfield. There we were seated in a very nice loung area with a snack bar, gift shop, restrooms, etc. while everyone was processed for their tours. Once all the West Rim trips left, we boarded our Beech 1900 for the trip to the South Rim. The pilots were very personable, and we had a great flight, and waiting right outside the door to the aircraft was a very friendly coach driver who took us to the lounge area. There we had a few minutes to visit the restrooms, and then we were off on the helicopter. We didn't make the front seat when the load was properly balanced, but as promised one of our seats was a window seat, which I gave to my wife. That being said, my seat in the middle still had a great view throughout the trip. We flew along the South Rim of the canyon, then across to the North Rim and back again. These views are something you just can't get from the overlooks! After the helicopter flight, we went by the same coach with the personable driver over to the Bright Angel Lodge, where we spent about 1.5 hours, which was enough time to enjoy many of the great vistas, grab a snack, and do some hiking. Oh, BTW, Maverick provided us with a tasty box lunch which was very filling in and of itself. After the Bright Angel Lodge we headed back to the airstrip, boarded the BeechCraft back to Vegas, and were shuttled back to our hotel in time for a leisurely afternoon by the pool. Maverick's drivers even took into account Friday afternoon traffic into the city, and took us to the hotel over uncongested side roads. What a great trip! The only downside to our tour was that everything and everyone was so great that I spent a lot more on tips than I had planned!
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