A Ladys Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Lucy BirdA cosmopolitan, middle-aged Englishwoman touring the Rocky Mountains in 1873, Isabella Bird had embarked upon a trip that called for as much stamina as would have been expected of an explorer or anthropologist — and she was neither! Possessing a prodigious amount of curiosity and a huge appetite for traveling, she journeyed later in life to India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Canada and wrote eight successful books about her adventures. In this volume, she paints an intimate picture of the Wild West, writing eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees and lynchings, and crude table manners yet a gentle civility — even chivalry — among the men she encountered in the wilderness. Thoughtfully written, this captivating narrative provides a vibrant account of a bygone era and the people that forever changed the face of the frontier.
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She wrote letters to her sister at home in England and these letters are the basis for the book. At the start of her trip she would hire a horse to take short trips. Here is an excerpt on how she felt on seeing the horse that had been chosen for her. The horse proved to be excellent. I could have ridden him a hundred miles as easily as thirty.
This review reminded me of it and I think you might like it. Hi Nivedita- No, I haven't read that or even heard of it. Thanks for letting me know- I'll look into it! Oh no! Bird sounds very whiny and self-indulgent, and a little too much for me to handle. I have to admit that I am fascinated by these types of books, but I won't be reading this one anytime soon. I don't get on well with snobby and self-important people, and it sounds like Bird was both of these.
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains details this fascinating account of her travels through a series of letters (Summary by Laura Caldwell).
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Isabella Bird began travelling while in her early twenties to help alleviate illness that had plagued her since childhood. She was a single woman in her early forties when she made her treck through the Rocky Mountains. These letters are filled with beautiful, vivid descriptions of the scenery, the people she encountered, the way of life, and a mountain man named Jim Nugent, that was as rough as they come, but a complete gentleman with Ms. She has the distinction of being the first woman to become a member of the Royal Geographical Society in A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. Stream audiobook and download chapters.