In case you missed it, over the past couple of months we’ve been featuring a few of our favorite #SwellAdventures from S’wellers venturing across the world. Today, the journey continues with Jessica Pullin, a graduate student from Dallas, who recently traveled to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Read on to find out more about Jessica’s trip to see the canyons of the Rio Grande.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jessica Pullin from Dallas, TX. I am a 28 year old graduate student at Southern Methodist University studying Manufacturing Systems Management. I am also a full-time employee at Lockheed Martin working in Global Supply Chain Operations. I have a love for singing, spin classes, and game nights, but my favorite pastime is traveling. Take me to the mountains or give me time to explore a big city and I’m completely content!
Tell us about your #SwellAdventures.
I went to an InstaMeet in Big Bend National Park. The drive from Dallas to Southwest Texas was about 9 hours each way, but the trip ended up being worth every mile. Upon arrival, we setup our tent in the designated camp sites right in the middle of a 360 degree beautiful view of the Chisos Mountains. We then were taken on a 5 mile hike on the Lost Mine Trail. There was a nice breeze, but it was still the desert in the Texas summer heat, so having cold water in my S’well bottle was a necessity. Later that evening we were able to watch the sunset followed by listening to local bands in the park’s amphitheater. We ended the first night with stargazing for hours. The view of the Milky Way was breathtaking and the number of shooting stars was fascinating! We successfully took a few photos of the stars, but no photo will ever truly do the experience or views justice.
The next morning, we got up early to watch the sunrise over the mountains, then we drove to the south end of the park to the Santa Elena Canyon where we were able to swim in the Rio Grande and hike to some incredible scenic views at the Texas-Mexico border. We ended the trip with a picnic before making the drive back home. It was a short weekend trip, but it was definitely one to remember.
Which S’well did you take with you?
I took a 17oz Teakwood.
What’s your favorite adventure to date?
My favorite adventure is likely a recent trip to northern California. In four days, we put a large dent in exploring San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, and Napa.
What are your other adventure essentials?
My North Face backpack, Ray Bans, and Canon always go with me on my adventures.
Have any good adventure tips or tricks you’d like to share?
Use Instagram hashtags to find neat places to add to your bucket list. While planning my weekend trips, I navigate through hashtags to make my to-do lists based on what looks good or fun. I usually have a category for scenery, food, and coffee shops for each trip. A road trip doesn’t have to be expensive. Make a budget each month for adventures and stay within that budget by reserving a room through Airbnb or staying in a tent. You can also pack a cooler and picnic to save a few dollars from eating out, if necessary to stay within budget.
What is the next #SwellAdventure on your bucket list?
I just got back from exploring Kansas City, MO, but my next adventure is a Caribbean Cruise, leaving in three weeks.
You can follow along on the rest of Jessica’s adventures on her Instagram. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us by tagging @swellbottle and using #SwellAdventures.