03/15/2011, La Quinta, CA
We are now officially on the boat. Our trip to the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament was really fun for both of us. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon. After checking into the LaQuinta Resort and lunch on the Plaza, we went to the tournament and tracked down Linda, Bonnie and Janet for our passes. We ultimately found them and spent the afternoon watching early matches. That evening, we hooked up with Nancy and went to dinner at Lavender Bistro, a beautiful French restaurant where we sat outside under heat lamps (a chilly evening).
Thursday and Friday brought more days of tennis watching where we were able to start watching the "stars" of the tours, both men and women. Thursday night was sushi. I went back to the resort, and Andy returned to watch an evening match.
Andy decided to head to the boat and unpack on Saturday, so he was off to Marina del Rey that morning. (He had overdosed on tennis and needed a break.) I took the shuttle to the tournament and spent the day with Nancy until she had to catch her flight back to Denver. Met up with Michael and Laura Bailin and caught more matches in better reserved seats than our regular general admission seats, returning to the resort by shuttle late that night.
Andy returned Sunday morning, and we spent the full day watching more matches. After a break for a Thai dinner, we returned for one final match, catching what may very well be the high velocity serve of the tournament--143mph by a Canadian. After turning our guest passes back to Linda, we were off to the resort for a final night's stay.
Temperatures during the day at the tournament were in the mid-80s and sunny so we were in the sun alot. My 70 SPF saved our skins, and the lemonade slushies helped to cool us down during the heat of the day.
The drive back to LA went smoothly. We spent all day yesterday trying to unpack and organize, a project that looks like it will take several days. Our "to do" list seems to grow exponentally as we make make the boat our home! Our next major event will be the Border Run Regatta in early April, so look for the next blog then.