If you want to save $40 and can wait till 11:30 for pick up I can bring you to the campgrounds at Cedar Grove and then bring you to the trailhead in the morning, assuming you need to wait till the morning to pickup your permit. I'm from Fresno, I work till 11pm, and can be at the airport before 11:30. If you need to make any last minute food/gear trips I can accomodate that. I have a season pass to the park, so no expense there. I've been wanting to take a drive down the canyon so that works for me. Lemme know if you're interested, I'm not trying to steal business from the guy you have an arrangement with, just trying to help a fellow hiker save some money. Plus, any excuse to go to the mountains is a good excuse for me. :-) I also like to think my Kia Borrego is nicer than a Lincoln.