My name is Elsye, people call me chardonnay. chardonnay is a name I picked up back when I was a road biking fool in Iowa, good times. It’s also my burner name so it might as well be my trail name. Trail name? Yes, in 2015 I completed a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail! I was fun, tough and I did a bunch of things I never thought I would ever do. Thru hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2017. I completed 1200 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2016!(Back to finish that up June 2018!) Heading out to do the Arizona Trail in March 2018! What can I say I’m outdoorsy!
Basically I’m a Midwest girl living on the west coast. Grew up in Michigan, lived in Iowa for long time, and a couple of years in the Colorado Mountains. About 3 years ago I got a wild hair and moved to California. Between you and me I was over the winters. San Diego has great weather and its crazy different so right up my alley.
I’m a simple girl; I like things uncomplicated and drama free.
I love to try things, ALL The Things, risky, weird, different things. Things I shouldn’t try but do. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes not. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.
As the saying goes I owe it to myself at least to try.
I like meeting people, hearing their stories.
I love wine, not just Chardonnay, throw in cheese/crackers and I’m good. (Its a real treat on the trail!)
I love hanging out with friends and laughing with family.
I like music and love Pearl Jam.
I’m a whole lot of crazy; I admit that, its part of what makes me awesomely interesting.
I’ve been described as a social butterfly yet quiet, really I just like to listen (it’s a lost art). You’d be amazed what you hear when you stop talking.
My passion, well, it changes regularly. I enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, camping, dancing, reading, traveling, cooking, old movies and a host of other things it just depends on my mood.
There are some things I don’t like, but I try not to think about them or avoid them like the plague. So that’s a little about me, I can’t tell you everything it would kill the mystery. Follow me on this journey of self discovery that could become an embarrassing disaster of epic proportions or not.
PCT Thru Hike – Going into Oregon!