Off the Trail – My Wilderness Home Awaits!

[Written a few days ago:]

I’ve been off the trail for 4 days, and it’s been driving me insane, but it’s also been wonderful. Staying with my loving mama was the best thing ever. I’ve been fed soup and sandwiches and fresh salads nonstop, had cooling cream rubbed into my swollen tendons and wrapped KT tape all over my ankles (we did it wrong, I know, but it prevents me from bending my foot too much which lessens the pain), and honestly, I’ve just been spoiled rotten.


I mean, seriously… look at this. This is me soaking in the tub and my mom knocks on the door and asks if she can bring me something and hands me a sandwich. I’m the luckiest PCT hiker ever to have a mother like mine taking care of me when I’m hurting. 🙂



But….I’m going to give all this selfish pampering up and get back out there tonight! I’ll be taking it slow and going from Mountain Center to Big Bear these next few days ( and yes, I am aware of the fire closures and will be avoiding certain parts of the trail).

My injured foot is healing slowly. It feels a little better than it did a few days ago. Some days, I can walk fine, with hardly any limping or pain. Other days (and especially nights) are really bad. But I’m feeling stronger, and I believe I can go out there and continue hiking slowly and be aware of what my body allows me and listen to it. I can’t let this stop me!

I am taking supplements to aid my body in the recovery process: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, E, and collagen. Additionally, I’m going to try taking protein powder and see if it aids in making me feel stronger and healthier. And now that I know what KT tape is, I will be bringing it with me and actually reading the instructions and putting it on right so that I don’t look like this, haha.

I understand what I did wrong. I was too excited, too eager, too impatient, and I didn’t let my body slowly adjust to the process of hiking for 10 hours a day. I donned an overly heavy pack, wore cheap shoes that gave my ankle and achilles zero protection, and ran up and down inclines and declines. And by “ran,” I actually mean just that. I like running on the trail, and that can be a great workout, but I shouldn’t have done so on day one. I should have built up to that level, not started with it. Lesson learned. Lesson really learned. Now, please, dear feet, let me do my thing!

My wilderness home awaits!

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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2 Responses to Off the Trail – My Wilderness Home Awaits!

  1. jjmjarvis says:

    I’ve definitely been over exerting myself as well, I think. There’s seriously no rush to the Sierras. You’re making me really wanna go home to my mom’s in Oceanside! Your mom sounds awesome!


    • elinatravels says:

      I used to live in Oceanside! Loved it! Go visit her 🙂 Moms are the best!
      And I’m not rushing. I did a 14 mile day yesterday, realized that was too tough in my foot, and did only 6 miles today. No guilt, no shame. 🙂


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