A Lady?s Life in the Rocky Mountains

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A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains is a work by Isabella L. Bird now brought to you in this new edition of the timeless classic.

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In 1854 Isabella Bird's doctor recommended the air of America to improve her health. She finally left almost twenty years later first to Australia where her speedy recovery meant she could climb the world's largest volcano at her next stop, Hawaii. In 1873 she set off for the Rocky Mountains. After a brief respite at home she continued on her way to Japan then Malaya, and later to Tibet. She died at home in Scotland in 1904.


In 1854, at the age of twenty-two, Isabella Bird left England and began traveling as a cure for her ill health. Over the years she explored Asia, the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii, and both the Eastern and Western United States. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains contains letters written to her sister during her six-month journey through the Colorado Rockies in 1873. Traveling alone, usually on horseback, often with no clear idea of where she will spend the night in what is mostly uninhabited wilderness, she covers over a thousand miles, most of it during the winter months. A well-educated woman who had known a comfortable life, she thinks nothing of herding cattle at a hard gallop, falling through ice, getting lost in snowstorms, and living in a cabin where the temperatures are well below zero and her ink freezes even as she writes. She befriends desperados and climbs 14,000 foot mountains, ready for any adventure that allows her to see the unparalleled beauty of nature. Her rare complaints have more to do with having to ride side-saddle while in town than with the conditions she faces. An awe-inspiring woman, she is also a talented writer who brings to life Colorado of more than one hundred years ago, when today's big cities were only a small collection of frame houses, and while and beautiful areas were still largely untouched. --Erica Bauermeister

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Isabella L. Bird
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ISBN 10: 1490350837 ISBN 13: 9781490350837
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