A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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Kessinger Publishing, Jul 1, 2004 - Travel - 324 pages
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1881. With illustrations. Isabella Lucy Bird broke away from the traditions of the middle-class woman in Victorian Britain and established herself as a determined and intelligent traveler. Through her accounts of her travel adventures she challenged and delighted a wide and appreciative audience. Her travel books made her one of the most famous women in late-Victorian Britain. In the course of her travels, Bird landed in San Francisco and traveled to Colorado where she had her romantic adventure with the desperado Jim Nugent. For months in the high Rockies, in and around Estes Park, as autumn turned to winter, Isabella was beguiled not only by the wild Rocky Mountains but also by the charms of Mountain Jim who took her on expeditions and encouraged her boldness. With Jim's assistance she became the second woman to climb Long's Peak, a mountain of over 14,000 feet. This delightful volume recounts her adventures in the Rockies.

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Review: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Virago Travellers)

User Review  - Becky Jenson Straub - Goodreads

A series of letters written by Isabella to her sister while traveling in Colorado. She paints and interesting picture of a woman alone and adventuring in the late 1800's. The writing got a bit long ... Read full review

Review: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Virago Travellers)

User Review  - Kathryn French - Goodreads

The recounting of a solo trip into the winter Rocky Mountains in 1873, by a woman. She lived to publish this and to further travel far afield until she was 70, in 1901--- amazing. Read full review

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Isabella Bird was perhaps the most prolific and popular female traveller and writer of the nineteenth century.

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