Elaine Grace started backpacking with the Sierra Club in 1972. That choice and her love of the outdoors led to a 32-year career with the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She was very fortunate to live in wild places like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Zion, Crater Lake, and Lassen Volcanic National Parks. In 1988, she moved to Alaska and stayed for 20 years getting to know Alaska national parks, national forests, and wilderness areas. After retiring, Elaine moved to a Republic of Panama beach where she led kayaking tours and bird walks for three years. From Panama she moved to the Big Island of Hawaii and lived there for 6 years. She currently lives in Rio Rico, Arizona where she enjoys desert birding, bicycling, hiking, and planning Sierra Club trips.