A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains with an Introduction by by Isabella L. Bird, John Murray

By Isabella L. Bird, John Murray

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In 1872, Isabella fowl, daughter of a priest, trigger by myself to the Antipodes 'in seek of health and wellbeing' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous trip. In 1873, donning Hawaiian using costume, she rode her horse throughout the American Wild West, a terrain in simple terms newly opened to pioneer payment. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of extraordinary, unspoiled landscapes and considerable flora and fauna, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the risky passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a really stunning trip.

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A Pacific Mail-Train ? Digger Indians ? Cape Horn ? A Mountain Hotel ? A Pioneer ? A Truckee Liveryletter Stable ? A Mountain Stream ? Finding a Bear ? Tahoe Lake Tahoe, September 2. I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beautysnow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface.

But this is more than a book of mountain travel. It is a record of speedily changing American life in the days when the West was most full of change. Isabella Bird's pen was doubly vivid because (as she casually notes) she often had to put her ink bottle on a corner of the cabin stove to thaw it for writing. This cultivated, cosmopolitan English lady writes with eloquent reticence of the passions of isolated settlers and miscellaneous refugees from civilization. '" The tour of the Rockies which Isabella Bird describes in this volume was made during the autumn and early winter of 1873 on her way back to England from the Hawaiian Islands (then called the Sandwich Islands).

Donner died in the fall, and that the cattle escaped, leaving them but little food, and that when this was exhausted Mrs. Donner died. The story never gained any credence, and the truth oozed out that the German Page 21 had murdered the husband, then brutally murdered the wife, and had seized upon Donner's money. There were, however, no witnesses, and the murderer escaped with the enforced surrender of the money to the Donner orphans. This tragic story filled my mind as I rode towards the head of the lake, which became every moment grander and more unutterably lovely.

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