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Vacationing to Dallas

Vacationing to Dallas

Last week I went to Dallas, Texas.  The race was less than 90 minutes, but we did plenty of other things that weren’t racing too. Together with my husband as well as my inlaws, we discovered several fun and exciting things to do.

So first, Why Dallas?

The December time frame (weather wise) is a typically good in Texas.  As long-term readers know, I lived in Texas for a while. Although last week was much colder than anticipated New Jersey received it’s first snowfall, so it’s hard to complain.

Second, both my husband and I like BMWs.  He drives a 1980s BMW, while I drive a 3 series.  Since this is BMWs first title-US race, it seemed like an awesome idea to run.  The weather, timing, and title sponsor all suited us!

So with that, we arrived the Friday before the race.  Here are some of the things we did and ate.  All of which I would recommend.

We stayed in the Magnolia hotel which was beautiful and close to the race start.  We didn’t mean to find a hotel within walking distance but lady luck was on our side (this has never happened and probably never will again).

magnolia hotel view

Some of my Favorite Food:

Whiskey Cake at the Whiskey Cake

I heard this was one of the best cakes in all of Texas! It’s a rich cake made with Whiskey.  The cake itself did not disappoint and the homemade whipped cream on top was perfect. If you’re looking for a nice place to hang out, grab a drink or meal Whiskey Cake is delicious.

whiskey cake plano

 

Campisi:

If you are ever in Dallas for a race or just like Italian, Campisi is great.  They were initially opened in 1946.  For a business to still be here, means they are doing something right.  It was exactly what I wanted before a race.

What we Did:

Expo:

The BMW Dallas Marathon expo was a lot of fun.  There were plenty of activities to do including test driving an I3.  Of course, I wish they let you test drive an I8 but apparently they don’t put 100k+ cars out for testing.  I don’t get into real “fancy” cars but this would be my dream car if I had one..

BMW i8 half marathon dallas

My father in law, myself and Tim all signed the runner wall and got a nice photo next to it.

signing bmw dallas wall

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And we wouldn’t be there without my mother in law, Greta, so we needed a photo with her too. bmw dallas half marathon

Museums

I hadn’t thought about it, but I didn’t realize JFK had been assassinated in Dallas.  We walked though the Sixth Floor Museum which was a great (but lengthy) museum.  They give you a headset, and you feel like you are there.

Hiking:

hiking dallas texas

As most people know, my husband and I do enjoy our fair share of hikes.  We found a short Mountain Bike area to hike around.  All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by various bike pieces and road signs in trees.  It was the most random and bizarre part of the trip.

hiking dallas texas

And of course, plenty of relaxation!  The problem with going to a destination race is you want to explore and “do everything, ” but before the race, you need to rest your legs and after a race you just want to nap.  We had a great time doing a little bit of everything.

Dallas is a fun city, nd I would love to go back sometime.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to Dallas?

What is something fun to do in your hometown?

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Necessary for a New Car for LOLZ

This post can also be nicknamed as LOLZProblems…

As some followers know, I haven’t had the best luck with vehicles.  I’ve never been in a serious accident (knock on wood), have I’ve had my fair share of speeding tickets (and learned driving fast gets you nowhere).

I’ve also had a couple of fender benders (including my car sliding into a police car).  Now that I’m older and wiser (ha), I’ve become much more cautious.  These days I drive like a grandma in the right lane. That is easy in NJ when cars fly by you at 80+.

Anyways enough about my driving habits.  I do like to hang out with people and telling them about my past doesn’t exactly entice anyone to go in a car ride with me…

This post is meant to be humorous.

As most people know, we recently purchased a car (which I named Gretchen). It’s a 2012 BMW. Lorraine is still running well but eventually she won’t be. I have no car repair skills and since Lorraine is a 2000 with 140,000 miles, eventually things will break.

bmw 3 series

Here are some important things Gretchen is equipped with…These are things important to my life and past with cars.

A safety feature that I cannot lock the keys into the car. Last year I was extremely ditzy and locked my keys in my car a few times…From visiting Princeton last year to the wind blowing it shut at the NJ turnpike rest stop…

Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton.  After a 16 mile you don't want to come back to that...

Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta, I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton. After a 16 mile run you don’t want to come back to that…

Heated seats.

For heating the (non)bum butt at all times. 90 degrees riding with the seat warmers on? Sure…it will sure feel good.

All wheel drive.

My senior year of college, Lorraine skidded on black ice…

right into a police car…

right in front of the entire men’s basketball team.

Always scrape your windshield (I didn't drive like this..)

Always scrape your windshield (I didn’t drive like this..)

The policeman was nice about it but it was extremely embarrassing.  It was unfortunate my car slid into a police car and with 2 dozen spectators.  It was a rough month….anyways all wheel drive so I can plow through the NJ winter.

Most importantly…perfect cup holders for the gas station coffee life.

gas station coffee

I have to get my coffee in the morning and these cup holders hold it perfectly…I give myself about a year before I break one and then spend 200 dollars to get it fixed.

Outside of the LOLZ, I wanted a car would last a long time.  I’ve driven the same car since high school and I would like to get at least (if not more) miles out of the next car.

Leaving the dealership

Leaving the dealership

Questions for you:

What was your first car?

What is your dream car?

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