The first rule of business after landing in Indiana was the Avis Car Rental Agency. I rented the car for 10 days through Priceline for $343.89 and quite likely I misinterpreted what I was getting. I was given a tiny Volkswagen Beetle and though the lovely young Avis representative seemingly tried everything possible, she couldn’t upgrade to anything like a normal-sized small car without charging me $6/day extra and couldn’t give me any of the AARP or AAA discounts. That would have taken some of the sting out.
I was given the keys and the car’s location but it wasn’t where it belonged. I found it a few stalls away by pushing the lock button on the key ring to make it beep. I admit I am completely at a loss anytime faced with a new contraption of any kind, but nobody was around to help me face that dilemma. Did I mention I was exhausted? It took me a few minutes, but I finally got my luggage into the trunk, started the car, turned the air conditioning and lights on, etc. and made my way out of the airport.
A couple of years ago when I was privileged to take a media trip to San Diego for a week, a car was rented for me using Enterprise. I’m sure the cost was a little higher, but what they had that Avis didn’t, was someone right there to show you all the bells and whistles – it is called “service.”
The Volkswagen was too small to take more than one passenger, so several times we had to take someone else’s car. Not a big deal, but annoying. The car was a joy to drive so that was never a problem. Would I use Priceline or Avis again? In a word, “no.” God bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”