This is real, and it’s happening!

I’m on my way to Campo to begin my thru-hike. We didn’t get there in the morning due to my sweet mama treating us to a buffet. By “us,” I mean me, my desert night hiking buddy, and this amazing long-haired specimen of a human being who drives hikers by day and swing dances by night. Really though, I’m so going to miss our swing dance lessons!


Anyway, we gorged ourselves, and now we’re stuck in traffic while headed south. At least we don’t have to hike with full bellies! That’s never fun. And we’re going to miss out on the worst heat of the day, so I’m happy about the late start!

I’m absolutely ecstatic! I’m beaming, singing in the car (out loud! that almost never happens!), and nearly dancing in my seat. I can hardly contain myself! I want to laugh, I want to cry tears of joy, I want to kiss someone, I want to hug a tree, I want to climb it and scream at the top of my lungs from up there!

I’m going to get off my phone and enjoy this feeling. I just wanted to tell you that this is real, and it’s happening, and it’s going to be so amazing and so breathtaking that it’s going to blow my mind and knock my merino wool socks off!

Good bye, simple girl with the normal life. Hello, inner mountain woman on an epic adventure. Someone comfort my mother for me, please. 🙂



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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