Isn’t Life Grand?

I woke up in my car this morning with the gray, overcast sky visible above me through the open moonroof. I couldn’t get up and shower, brew some tea, fry some eggs, sit at the kitchen counter as usual. I instead put on a hat over my dirty hair, went to a cafe to order coffee and a pastry, and thought about how lucky and how happy I am that so little satisfies me and excites me. I have this wonderful car, although this may have been my last night in it, I have pillows and blankets and clothes and shoes, a bag with eyeliner and a wallet in it, and it’s all I need at the moment. Never mind that my wallet holds only credit cards that are nearly maxed out. I’ll take care of that when I’m back from my hike. Let it be that I’m uncertain and still figuring things out as I go about patching up my life. I’ll get there. It’ll all be fine. Everything will turn out okay. Right now, I have my favorite hat on, a pastry in my belly, credit cards that let me temporarily put responsibilities on hold, a crazy, scary, beautiful adventure coming up, a room full of dehydrated food, a sweet mother who will mail it to me as I go, friends who are rooting for me, and God watching out for me. Isn’t life grand?

About elinatravels

I’m Elina Oliferovskiy, a Russian-born 26-year-old restless soul who’s never really found a place to dig her roots in deep ever since I moved to the United States in 1998. I’ve lived in a 39-foot RV with 8 people and a Chihuahua and road-tripped around approximately 38 states for 1.5 months. I’ve packed my car and headed north without a destination and ended up in Big Sur, CA and lived there for a bit. I recently moved to Bend, OR without ever having been here prior (simply went off of the recommendations of others). And I just came back from a trip to France, Luxembourg, England, and Ireland and have many fun stories to share. My alter-ego is Free Spirit (my trail name on the PCT) and I am an aspiring solo female Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker, who’d hiked half of the trail in 3.5 months in 2016 and a did a one-month section hike in 2014. I started this blog to chronicle my attempt to get from Mexico to Canada on foot via the PCT. I have also hiked in England, Luxembourg, and hope to hike the Camino De Santiago (St. James’ Way) in Spain and the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand, as well as many others. I love challenging myself physically, mentally, and spiritually, exploring and meeting new people who introduce me to their perspectives on life and allow me to be part of what they hold dearest to their hearts, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone in order to try exciting new things, and seeing, tasting, smelling, experiencing all of what this wonderful world I live in has to offer. This is why I travel. This is also why I move frequently. I’ve been moving somewhere new nearly every year, and I absolutely love my lifestyle. Now, I am deciding between teaching English in Vietnam, working remotely from New Zealand, or moving back to CA and woodcarving for a season. We will see what happens in the fall/winter of 2017. For now, I plan to stay in Bend, OR another few months and absorb all I can from this wonderful little (though rapidly growing) town. Feel free to follow along my journey by reading and commenting on my blog, adding me on Facebook (search for Elina Oliferovskiy and write me a message telling me you are a follower of my blog), or emailing me at
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8 Responses to Isn’t Life Grand?

  1. Lee Verner says:

    Love your attitude! Best wishes to you on all your travels.


  2. Rick Poitras says:

    Hi; I’m Rick. I trail angel on the last couple of weekends of May in Acton, CA. at the KOA by the trail…good luck with your hike, breakfast is waiting for you if you if you can hit Acton by that time. See you there.

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  3. Steve says:

    I look forward to reading about your journey. Good luck!


  4. Grizzly Dave says:

    Hi, I’m Grizzly Dave. I volunteer with the PCT Association and do trail maintenance along the PCT on the central Oregon section of the trail. Keep on truckin’.


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