Went on a quick, fun-filled road trip with Lauretta to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA March 11-14. We met up with Kristen who was already there with some friends and we joined them for the last few days of their week's stay at Worldmark Indio. Temperature was perfect and tennis was fantastic!
We arrived before they opened the gates every day so we'd get front row seats in our general admission stadiums. Kristen was in a suite in Stadium 1 so she switched back and forth depending on who was playing on which court. Lauretta and I borrowed some badges to get in to watch Venus play in Stadium 1 and a couple who was leaving for the day gave us their third row seats one evening. All in all, we saw great tennis and had the best views for all of it.
As we were driving out of Indio on our way home, we stopped at Shields Date Gardens where my parents took me every year growing up for the annual Date Festival and parade at the end of February. It brought back wonderful memories and I drank a date shake in my mom's honor as it was one of her favorite treats we'd get at Shields.