Walking & Talking: Windy Desert, Hunger, Injuries

Hi All!

I haven’t been blogging much lately, and I find it extremely difficult to do so with no cell service in the middle of the desert, but in my absence, I made you all a video of me hiking and talking about random things–the weather, my injury, the lack of water, hunger, my trail family, and what hiking the PCT is like. The video consists of multiple clips filmed all throughout the day, hours apart, and you can see how much windier it gets with each video until it’s nearly blowing me over! Haha. You also see me begin to limp more and more and begin to make plans to get off the trail for a few days to heal, which I actually ended up having to do.

Anyways, enjoy. Sorry it’s so long! Apparently, I like to talk a lot when I’m filming myself in the middle of nowhere.

pct me 2

Click Here To Watch My Video on Youtube



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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5 Responses to Walking & Talking: Windy Desert, Hunger, Injuries

  1. John Mahl says:

    It is interesting that you are wearing your jacket in the desert, but maybe it is cool and windy. I hope you can get past the injury and have a great hike.


    • elinatravels says:

      It was insanely windy and cold! I posted the link to the video if you’d like to see 🙂


      • John Mahl says:

        Thanks for posting the video. It was really interesting to watch and to imagine your struggle to get through that last half mile, which is always the longest. Beautiful scenery, but you needed goggles with that wind.


      • elinatravels says:

        It definitely did … Haha, it was endless! And my glasses are basically goggles. 😛


  2. Carly says:

    No se resignan a que la mujer pueda decidir libremente sobre su sexualidad y maternidad y en último caso decidir libremente la interrupcion de un embarazo no deseado.Como ellos y ellas tienen una doble vida con sus amantes y sus posibilidades de arreglar sus embarazos no deseados fuera del pais, pues el resto de la humanidad que se fastidie.Pero por mucho que se esfuercen no van a impedir que la sociedad avance y una ley justa de interrupcion del embarazo sea pronto una rediSdaa.lalud, República y Socialismo


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