I’m Elina, and this is where I plan to share stories and photos of my latest adventures. But before I do that, I wanted to begin with a disclaimer. Yes, I now have a travel blog. No, that does not mean that I am vain, that I feel like my accomplishments are more significant than yours, or that I want to be famous for anything I’ve done. I just want a place where I can share stories, show photos, and give my friends and family updates on what I’ve been up to lately. Okay, now we can move past that and discuss where I’ll be going next–I’m nearly bursting from excitement!
This past year, I have done a good amount of road-tripping, flying, backpacking, etc., but none of that matters much in comparison to what I’m doing next. In a week, I leave on a journey that I know will be the most epic, life-altering, insane thing I’d done thus far.
I’m going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Now, again, this doesn’t make me spectacular, fearless, or better than anyone else. Hundreds of people attempt to hike the PCT each year and half of them succeed. Many men and women have gone before me. This isn’t new. I didn’t come up with the idea. But I am so glad someone else did and paved the way for so many restless, wandering souls like me.
I’m extremely excited about it and can’t stop talking about it (after all, this is going to be my life for the next half a year!), and am flattered that so many of you would like to follow along my journey and have urged me to start a blog.
For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the concept, the PCT is a 2,650 mile-long trail that goes from the border of Mexico and California to the border of Canada and Washington. Some people travel southbound, but most opt to go northbound. I chose the latter, as I live in Southern California and it’s more convenient for me to begin here. It takes about 5 months to complete, a person who completes the trail is called a thru-hiker, hikers call each other by trail names (a nickname that someone else has dubbed you which is somehow related to who you are, where you’re from, or how you hike), it is expensive and exhausting, it’s difficult to explain why anyone ever feels the need to do this, but, hello, I am Elina, also known as Mermaid on the trail (I’ve chosen to keep my trail name from last year when I section-hiked for a month), and I am an aspiring Class of 2016 PCT thru-hiker.
Thanks for joining me from afar!