Big Bend National Park Elopement // Bryan + Hannah
While in Texas for a wedding, Landon and I decided to explore the beauty Texas has to offer. We decided to visit Big Bend for a stylized elopement.
Now, if you know anything about Texas, it’s a pretty big state. Second biggest out of all 50, but the biggest on the “mainland.” So, we arrived in San Angelo, the lovely city we are from, had dinner with our parents and drove to Big Bend immediately after. San Angelo, or Angelo (as the cool kids call it), is one of the closer “big (small)” cities closest to Big Bend and it is.. wait for it… 5 hours away.
We rolled into our shared teepee that night around 1:30 a.m. after a full day of traveling. As all good daughter-in-laws do, I went to find service to text my mother-in-law. I needed to let her know that we had in fact made it safely (I feared she would send us a slew of texts in the morning after she dreamt of our deaths if I didn’t text). During this great moment in my daughter-in-law career, I felt the urge to pee, as all humans do. So, I found myself at 2 am in the bathroom, and I hear… a coyote. I stiffened. My heart was pounding out of my chest, and I hurried back with quick steps to the teepee, all while thinking about how, this, out of all ways, is the way God chose for me to die. I mean, I’ve seen Cujo and I know what dogs can do. Of course the coyote, could smell my fear, and told his coyote pack about this stupid girl who was probably pretty tasty (I’m sure my sweat added some extra saltiness).
To my despair, following that lone howl, there were ton of responsive howls and yips. Crap. I’m fully convinced they are hunting me down and I all out Hunger Game it back to the teepee. Of course, I’m not as smooth as Katniss, so I trip down the cement steps into the teepee, where Landon is in his bed giggling at me, because he heard the whole thing.
After that very eventful night, our morning chatting with Hannah and Bryan was pretty chill and wonderful. It’s always interesting when you commit your time to be with people you hardly know, hoping it’s not as awkward as you’re feeling. Luckily, Hannah and Bryan are kind, open, hilarious, and easy people to hang with. The day was filled with amazing conversation and beautiful views.