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!!!!


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.



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.


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 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 elinatravels@mail.com.
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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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