A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1960 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

 

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

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My grandma gave me this book for my seventeenth birthday, 18 months before she died, with the inscription, "Melody, dear -- Isabella Bird will surely take you on a grand adventure! Hope you enjoy the ... Read full review

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

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I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to! This is the collection of letters which Isabella wrote to her sister about her travels through the Rocky Mountains in the 1870's. Isabella is ... Read full review

Contents

A ladys getupGrizzly bearsThe Gem
17
A Temple of Morpheus Utah A Godforgot
23
LETTER IV
36
LETTER V
44
LETTER VI
64
Personality of Longs PeakMountain Jim
83
LETTER VIII
102
LETTER IX
124
LETTER XI
165
LETTER XII
178
LETTER XIII
192
LETTER XIV
204
LETTER XV
215
LETTER XVI
229
Womans missionThe last morningCrossing
240
INDEX
251

LETTER X
144

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