We Take Nothing for Granted

Out here, we take nothing for granted. A free ziploc bag? Right when the one I keep my trail mix in tore and spilled all over my pack? Yes! Baby wipes? Right when I was getting really tired of smelling myself? Yess!! A free hiker box? Right when my resupply box of food happened to wander off somewhere? Yesss!!! A plastic box? Right when our feet really needed a tub for a much-needed epsom salt bath? Yessss!!!!

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The girl with the pulpy feet and I soaked our feet in a plastic hiker box at Mt. Laguna campground a few days ago. We then split up again, and my hiking partner, Vanilla, and I, hiked a few dozen more miles and came across our next town stop. A hyper lady pulled over and crammed 12 of us into her van and took us to her restaurant in Julian.

 

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Ever since we arrived, everything has been a beautiful, surreal, magical experience. A cafe in Julian gave me a free banana. A woman handed me an avocado. Another woman showed up and dropped off a huge box of oranges and apples. A hiker gave me half of her burrito. A restaurant let us hang out in their parking lot all day and gave us free soda and foot baths.

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Someone gave me some cooling gel (yes! finally!) and KT tape for my swollen achilles. I’m going to sleep on the floor in a house tonight (yes! a warm house!). We get free breakfast at Carmin’s and free pie at Mom’s Pie House tomorrow. Julian is amazing! I have been here as a local tourist but never as a thru-hiker. I had no idea they were so welcoming towards hikers!

Also, I called my favorite book store before I began hiking the PCT and told them I’d be in Julian to pick up my resupply package and asked them to pick out a small, lightweight book for me to take on the PCT so that I’d have something to read while I take breaks from hiking. They said they’d love to. I should be able to pick it up tomorrow morning.

As amazing as all this is, we plan to be back on the trail by tomorrow evening. I’m in a great deal of pain due to my inflamed achilles tendon, but hopefully I heal up a bit overnight. Maybe a restful night indoors will do me some good.

About elinatravels

I’m Elina Oliferovskiy, a Russian-born 27-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 move every year or two, backpack for months at a time, and occasionally live and travel in a motorhome--and I (usually) love every minute of my (somewhat) nomadic lifestyle. Feel free to follow along on my journey by reading my blog!
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2 Responses to We Take Nothing for Granted

  1. LauraSnyder says:

    Thank you for the update! I am praying for you. Enjoy the journey and the amazing people you will meet.

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