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About Diana

Canadian-Vermonter, Texas transplant. Cowboy boot wearing, maple syrup connoisseur, music lovin', wine and micro-brew drinkin', two-steppin' traveler who loves finding all the hidden gems the world has to offer. Come join me on the ride!

Hello Friends!

Ah! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. Wow. One thing is for sure, I’ve thought about this place every day. Life gets busy, hectic even. The plan is to be back here a little more regularly with an update or perhaps an inspiration. Let’s catch up…

Last fall, I began my Masters of Business degree. This is the main reason for the break in posts. I love learning, I think I always have. Maybe it’s influenced in my absolute love and fondness for discovering new places, new adventures and new places on this world we live on. Getting back into the rhythm of school does take some adjustments but it will be worth it in the end. I’m really excited!

Traveling? Adventures? Well, if you know me, you know I can only sit for so long without getting up and having a little fun. So, what have we been up to? There’s so much to share, here’s a glimpse.

We ran a 5k (and I decided I need new shoes).

We had such a great time at the @rahrbrewing Oktoberfest 5k yesterday! Fall is here! @Oktoberfest #seefortworth #rahr

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Of course we attended TX vs. OU weekend at the Cotton Bowl! 

Another great weekend in the books! #txou #cottonbowl #hookem #redriverrivalry

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Came to terms that The Pioneer Woman makes the BEST chocolate pie. It’s so simple and delicious, you’ll want to forget that you made it for your family, hide in a closet and eat the whole thing yourself. Just kidding. Kind of. Here’s the link for the recipe.

I found the bagpipers in Fort Worth during their annual Christmas bar crawl! Spencer didn’t believe me when I said I heard bagpipes. Ho! Ho! Ho!

When bagpipers show up to the bar… #fortworth #tistheseason #bagpipers

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A girls weekend to Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma for Spencer’s Grandmother’s 90th Birthday.

As always, enjoying the local watering holes and live music as well as finding some new ones. (More to come on this.)

We explored our backyard (aka Fort Worth) and came across this gem!

Yesterday, we decided we would explore parts of Fort Worth that we had not yet seen. As soon as we drove by this home, I was intrigued. Then, I saw a historical marker and knew we had to stop. Rock Island is one of the oldest parts of Fort Worth, known for the proximity to the railroad and the Rock Island Railroad Company. This is the Garvey-Viehl house. Built in the early 1880’s, it sits high on a hill overlooking the Trinity and the Coyote drive-in, not far from the historic Stockyards. Mr. Garvey was a grocery dealer who had a store on Main Street near the courthouse. His wife, was granddaughter of Baldwin Samuel who the street is named after. Imagine it’s grandeur years ago in all of its glory. (Yes, those are lions next to the front steps.) Now on the verge of being condemned and Fort Worth loses a little bit of its history. This would be the best little B&B or home if restored. What’s gem. Sadly, we never knew this part of town existed and it was the top find of our day. Now, I’m only intrigued further with a dream of restoring this home. #exploreyourcity #seefortworth #historicalmarker #thisoldhouse #ipulledoverforthis #garveyveihlhouse

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And most recently, we went to Houston for an engagement party and had the chance to swing by NASA! 

Captain Kirk’d our morning. #houston #nasa #nerds #space #rocketships @spencerdavis10

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And so much more!

Stay tuned! I have more to share including a little something for one lucky reader!

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k, Oktoberfest Giveaway, 5k, Fort Worth

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k (+Discount & Giveaway)!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive admission to the event. As always, all opinions are my own. #RahrOktoberfest #ad

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k, Oktoberfest Giveaway, 5k, Fort Worth

On October 1st, the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K is being held in Fort Worth! The time has come, one of my favorite times of year – Oktoberfest! This year, the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest is being held by Highpoint Urban Living benefiting the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation.

Join the one of these runs on Saturday, October 1st!

What’s Involved:

Each registered participant receives a short sleeve, gender specific, dry fit style shirt, a finisher pint glass and three tasty and refreshing Rahr beers.

Don’t forget about the Costume Contest (judged by the crowd, the winner receives a handcrafted ceramic Rahr Oktoberfest beer stein and will get to tap the keg), the stein hoisting contest, beer belly division, barvarian treats, German polka and of course the beer garden. Does it get much better? Oh wait….

Discount Code: ‘DHT’ to save 15% on registration.

For more information, please see the below websites and links. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon and use the 15% discount on the race of your choice today!

To make this even better, I am giving away two tickets to the event. Enter below!

Additional Information:
Date: October 1st, 2016
Location: 701 Galveston Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Website: www.RahrOktoberfest5k.com
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/rahroktoberfest5k

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Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & 1K (+Discount Code)

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive admission to the event. As always, all opinions are my own. #PBFRaces #ad

On September 24th, the Plano Balloon Festival 1K, 5K Half Marathon and Relay is being held in Plano, Texas! It’s time for some great fall air, a fun and energetic race and the sight of these magnificent hot air balloons and a discount for all Down Home Traveler readers (see below).

The Plano Balloon Festival Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 agency that is dedicated to educating attendees about hot air ballooning and producing a family oriented, high quality event that offers other local non-profits an opportunity to assist in the operations of the Festival. Our objective is to offer the participating non-profit agencies an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their programs and services…thus enhancing the quality of life for all of us.  Last year, 60+ non-profit organizations and corporate groups were showcased at the Festival. They participate as food concessionaires, service providers, or to create awareness for their organization’s services and programs. Because of our long standing commitment to non-profits, in the last 36 years, over 2.5 million dollars has circulated back into our community. (Information via www.PBFRaces.org)

Join the one of these runs on Saturday, September 24th!

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The SWAG!

Each registered participant received two tickets to the InTouch Plano Balloon Festival and free race day parking.

5K/1K’ers receive a dry fit style gender neutral, short sleeve t-shirt, plus breakfast tacos and pastries from Corner Bakery.

Half marathoners/rely receive a dry fit style gender specific, tank top and a hot breakfast from Central Market. Plus each distance receives a unique six balloon finisher medal!

To make this event even better, Down Home Traveler has teamed up with this event to offer a 15% discount to each registrant (use ‘DHT’ to save 15%)!

Discount Code: ‘DHT’ to save 15% on registration.

For more information, please see the below websites and links. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon and use the 15% discount on the race of your choice today!

Additional Information:
Date: September 24th, 2016
Location: Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074
Website: www.PBFRaces.org
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/pbfraces

***Also sign up for the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5k in Fort Worth on October 1st! See post for 15% discount to this race or your chance to WIN two tickets to the event!