No, Grandma, He Isn’t My Boyfriend

Alternate Post Title: From Reno to Dallas, A Brief Summary

After the company year-end party in Reno, I went on a 2-week road trip that was almost extended twice with a good friend of mine. A good guy friend.

Immediately, my grandma stalked him on all forms of social media, liking and commenting on Instagram photos from MONTHS ago. (This led to him reverse-stalking her and finding all her #TBT baby photos of me and a very embarrassing video I’d recorded of me singing her happy birthday)

Anyways, let’s just say that before this road trip, I had no (ok, some) idea how desperate my family was getting for me to settle down—or at least find a boyfriend.

Upon hearing any mention of a boy, my younger brother would send me a flurry of texts. He’s determined to play the big brother role.

Bring him to Thanksgiving.
Ok, how about Christmas?

This same brother also participates in talks about me with our mother. He reports that in the last conversation they had, she had confessed that all she wanted was for me to find a boy. Me. The person that has just a seasonal job and finds things to fill the winter with haphazardly.

So for any family members reading: no, this isn’t my boyfriend.

Let’s start from the beginning. To get to the year-end party, I flew into Denver where 3 of my favorite tour leaders picked me up.

From there, we drove 2 days to Reno, where the company party took place. It was 3 hectic, drama-filled nights of drunken debauchery and cuddle puddles. I would give anything to be back with all of them right now.

Afterwards, the four of us drove to Park City, UT, to stay at a friend’s for the night—guaranteed I’m going back there sometime this winter to ski—before heading to Arches National Park for a quick sunset hike.

Arches National Park


Tent Rocks National Monument

After leaving two of our buddies behind in Denver, my friend and I headed down south to Albuquerque. If you look at the map, it’s a bit of a detour from the natural route. Let’s just say for professional tour guides, we didn’t plan this trip very well.

Originally, I wanted to see Breaking Bad things in Albuquerque, but when we arrived too late to do anything, we opted for an early hike the next morning at Tent Rocks National Monument, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Apparently we were both still in summer mode because this snow completely threw us off. But we were desperate to hike and hiking in snow was new for both of us, so off we went!


And then we jet-setted to Texas. He was clearly happy to be home…


Passed through Amarillo, TX—


Marfa, TX

And headed for Marfa, TX, where we spent the best night at the coolest campsite. More about this later, of course!


Big Bend National Park

The past few days had been long days of driving. Finally, on the third day of our road trip, we could see a destination where we’d be staying for a good while: Big Bend National Park.


We made a quick stop through Terlingua, TX on the way in. Normally a ghost town that seems completely deserted, Terlingua was bumping! All because of their annual chili cook-off. On our second night camping in Big Bend, I had the pleasure of visiting a local haunt for some beer, pizza, and watching the locals interact.


And finally, we were in Big Bend, land of the enormous rocks.

Here, we hike some small hikes, a 12-miler, and the ONE time I was driving, I got pulled over by the park ranger. Oops.

Afterwards, we spent a couple nights in Austin, met up with two other leaders, and I hung out with all the Austin friends that I missed over the summer. It’s weird though; I felt like YEARS had passed since last seeing them but on their end, it was only a four month absence.

Though I was supposed to fly home with my trip ending in Austin, I couldn’t bear passing up the opportunity to speed through north Texas to visit their hometowns. I swear, small southern towns are like crack to me.


This road trip was absolutely needed; it was like therapy for me and my soul thrived. 

Before heading out to Reno, I was hesitant on the road trip for many reasons—financial (I was uncomfortable where my bank account stood after Puerto Vallarta), social (I hadn’t seen him since our training trip 3 months ago. Would we still get along?), and emotional (did I really need more time on the road or did I just need more time to myself?).

I’ve come to realize that people are good for me. Especially people like this. It was nice to be on the road with just one other person again; nice spending that amount of time with a dear friend. Words cannot describe the amount of love that I have for my friends—despite the shit that I always give them for playing endless amounts of country music.

But, as always, with these immense joys come a paired low. And that is the struggle of adjusting to a life at home, trying to tie your drifting feet to shore. So pardon me while I play country on repeat.

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  • Jessi @2feet1world

    I loved following all the driving (and crazy singalongs) on Snapchat and can’t wait to read more about the spots you visited!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha I love that we’re snapchat friends!! :)

  • Aryn Hill

    I can’t wait to hear about Marfa! I’m a bit intrigued by that town. Also, your grandma knows how to use instagram?? Mine can barely function on facebook, lol.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      I love small towns in general. Have you ever heard of Luckenbach? Unfortunately, I didn’t take ANY photos while there but it would’ve been a good one :(
      My grandma is too tech-savvy for her own good hahah.

  • Kerri

    I can’t wait for Kris’s birthday so we can go one some road trips. We’ve been waiting until we are both 26 to make the insurance for renting the car so much cheaper. 2016, I think is going to be the year of our first road trip!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, I always forget we have one more milestone to wait for! 21 is drinking and then… 26 for renting cars cheaply! Ooh, where are you guys going to take it?

      • Kerri

        We don’t know yet, probably around March/April time as we are planning on taking a trip back to the UK – we haven’t drove in so long, I feel like I need some practice on the right (well, left) side of the road first :)

  • Anna | slightly astray

    I’m really impressed by the fact that your grandma knows how to use social media, lol!! and seriously, count yourself lucky that your family totally supports you meeting a boy (I would know how difficult this could be coming from an Asian family)! But your roadtrip sounds amazing.. I’m espeically intrigued by that photo of those cut-in-half trucks.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha my grandma is terrifying when it comes to technology! She’s as bad as any millennial out there lol! Yeah, I really enjoyed it and am having serious travel withdrawal right now. Boo.

  • Holly Hollyson

    Ha ha, oh dear Grandma!! That is funny though! I just can’t get over some of those views! What an amazing road trip! America is so beautiful!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, I’m glad you also find it funny. Thanks, Holly :)

  • Lani

    Yeah! American road trips are the best, and soo good for the soul. I always cry on road trips and it’s so lovely to see how beautiful America is. PS. your family is killing me.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha I’m glad you get me, Lani :) I don’t get to the point of crying—although that might be from defective tear ducts more than anything hahaha.

      • Lani

        Oh! Well, it must be me and my friends, we’d always start talking and sharing deep secrets and the whole road trip ends up being a therapy session. Ha!