John and I have tickets to the tennis tournament in Indian Wells. We drive down on Sunday and our tickets begin on Monday and go through the final in a week. This is a highlight of the year for us. It is exciting to stay in the hotel where many of the players stay. We see them in the lounge, in the restaurants and on the elevator. So far we have seen Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Julien Benneteau, Richard Gasquet and Radek Stepanek. Several players have caught some sort of flu down here and we are hopeful that not too many more have to withdraw or that we catch it ourselves.
Clark and Lewis have come along as well. Here’s their take on the trip down to Indian Wells.
The Adventures of Clark and Lewis – The Trip to Indian Wells
Finally the big day was here. Beeba and Zayde woke Clark and Lewis up early and they all started the car trip down to Indian Wells to see the big tennis tournament. But Lewis was in a snit.
“What, no breakfast!” grumbled Lewis. “First I have to get up extra early so I am tired but now I am hungry, too!”
“Don’t worry, Lewis,” consoled Clark. “I heard Beeba say that we are going to drive for about an hour and then stop at a McDonald’s.”
“Yay!” enthused Lewis. “I am going to have a sausage biscuit, a fried potato thingy and a big soda!”
“Good luck with that,” commented Clark. “You know Beeba and Zayde and the endless diet. The only thing we will be having is an egg McMuffin with no cheese.”
Clark and Lewis enjoy an Egg McMuffin with no cheese
After breakfast, they continued their long drive south on I-5. Clark and Lewis amused themselves by arguing about whose tennis player was better, coloring in their tennis stars coloring book and singing sports songs. Finally it was time for lunch. What a surprise! Mexican food including chips!
“Mmmmm,” said Clark. “I love tortilla chips and salsa.”
“I do, too,” agreed Lewis. “It is so nice of Beeba and Zayde to get us some fun food!”
Clark and Lewis have tortilla chips for lunch
Later that afternoon they arrived at the hotel in Indian Wells. Clark and Lewis were ready to run outside and jump in the pool and play in the sand area but it was not to be. Beeba knew that they would be up late that evening so she encouraged a little nap and some quiet TV watching.
“Look, Lewis,” said Clark. “We have our own bed here. I suppose it is not a bad idea to have a little rest.”
“Rest, shmest,” complained Lewis. “I am ready for some play time.”
But no sooner than a blink of an eye, Lewis had tucked his head under his wing and fallen asleep.
Sleepy frog and duck
After their nap, they perused the offerings on TV and once again watched their favorite program, Wild Kingdom.
Clark and Lewis look at the hotel's TV channels
For dinner and the evening, Clark and Lewis joined Beeba and Zayde in the lounge area where they watched TV, met other tennis fans and even saw some real tennis players.
“Wow, Lewis,” said Clark. “See that table over there. It’s full of French tennis players.”
“Did you hear that Beeba said hello to one of them?” asked Lewis. “That was pretty brave of her.”
“This is way cool,” said Clark. “I hope we do this every night.”
Clark and Lewis at the lounge at the hotel
After a long day they were all tired and went back to the room to sleep. Tomorrow would be another exciting day.