Limits show. The pair settle on the Lamar Street Bridge, which connects downtown Austin to the south side of the city, over Lady Bird Lake. To begin the scavenger hunt, Martina takes to Twitter to leave her first clue, a reference to basketball player Lamar Odom, followed later by a second that is a nod to Lady Bird Lake, which was recently renamed for the famous Texan and wife of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. Watch Our 'Day in the Life of Martina McBride' Video
After her secret mission, Martina heads back to Austin City Limits Live for soundcheck with her band. The Austin stop, which takes place a few days after Mother's Day, offers listeners to local radio station KASE 101
the opportunity to meet the country superstar and preview the night's show. As the 20 or so fans sit in the audience, Martina and band crank out her hits with such ease that they make it appear effortless, testing the venue out for sound while delighting the lucky fans in on the behind-the-scenes action.
Next, it's into downtown Austin's W Hotel for appetizers and a meet-and-greet with Martina. Called a "mother-daughter" event, the room is mixed, with several fathers escorting their girls, too. Gender aside, they're all excited to meet the singer -- some a little more so than others, as we spotted a few happy tears.
"That has happened occasionally, which amazes me when you think someone is so excited to meet their favorite artist," a humbled Martina explains. "It's beautiful. It's such a gift, and it's why we do what we do, to make that connection."
The fan meetings wrap at 5:00 PM, giving Martina roughly two hours to have some dinner and get ready for the evening's performance. It's also time for her to check in on things at home. Her youngest daughter,