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Adventures in the Rocky Mountains Isabella Bird was a woman in the late 1800s who was diagnosed with an ailment of the spine So her doctor sent her to Western America to take in some better air After climbing the world s largest volcano in Hawaii, she set out to explore the mountains of Colorado All this as a single, traveling, unarmed woman in the frontier towns of the west She rode horse for most of her journey, stopping occasionally to climb mountains that enticed her to their peaks, or visit beautiful lakes She was Isabella Bird was a woman in the late 1800s who was diagnosed with an ailment of the spine So her doctor sent her to Western America to take in some better air After climbing the world s largest volcano in Hawaii, she set out to explore the mountains of Colorado All this as a single, traveling, unarmed woman in the frontier towns of the west She rode horse for most of her journey, stopping occasionally to climb mountains that enticed her to their peaks, or visit beautiful lakes She was a lover of the mountains for beauty s sake, and seemed to have no fear in attaining her most longed for dream, to visit Estes Park, a region in the high rockies of Colorado I was pretty amazed at her courage and pluck But what amazed me most about the book was the simple fact that her doctor prescribed this journey for her health What a better medical system we would have if you went to the doctor, and told him you just weren t feeling to well, and he said, Well, you probably should go camping in the High Sierra for a few months or years Probably the only prescription a doctor could give me that I would ever take, and take it faithfully Her adventures are told through her letters to her sister, and are quite well written I would have liked to have known what ever happened to her, and why is she someone I have never heard of I knew Isabella Bird was a Victorian solo traveler, who had visited far off places such as China on her own What I didn t know was what a great writer she actually was Adventures in the Rocky Mountains contains excerpts from her book, A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains 1879 Surprisingly for a travelogue, here you ll find a variety of experiences and emotions from courage and trepidation to hilarity and friendship I was really impressed by Isabella s fearlessness, paired with her knittin I knew Isabella Bird was a Victorian solo traveler, who had visited far off places such as China on her own What I didn t know was what a great writer she actually was Adventures in the Rocky Mountains contains excerpts from her book, A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains 1879 Surprisingly for a travelogue, here you ll find a variety of experiences and emotions from courage and trepidation to hilarity and friendship I was really impressed by Isabella s fearlessness, paired with her knitting needles and an honest confession of her physical weaknesses Still, this middle aged lady exhibits farstamina than I could ever dream of, whether it s braving out the freezing cold in a cabin or helping cowboys round up their cattle Through it all, she focuses on the exhilarating beauty of the Rocky Mountain landscape, which is the subject of all her voluntary hardships and a lesson to all of us privileged to travel comfortably not to take it for granted.Among other quirky characters, Mr Mountain Jim Nugent features frequently a handsome, rugged desperado who is determined Isabella shall achieve her goal of climbing Pikes Peak, Colorado Behind the genteel prose, it s clear Ms Bird and Mountain Jim have a thing for each other, but Jim s criminal past and alcoholism makes it a futile and bittersweet romance.Modern readers should know that Isabella was a person of her time in many ways, so there are some derogatory references to Native and African Americans early in the book Interestingly, in a later letter, she does strongly condemn the way the U.S government treated the Native Americans p 93 94.In both history and human element, Adventures in the Rocky Mountains packs a lot of punch for a mere collection of excerpts When I got to the end, I regretted not having read the full original, and I probably will someday Recommended if you want to read an eye witness account of the Old West from a unique perspective What a trail blazer I was under the impression Miss Bird ventured to Colorado to convalesce from a degenerative back illness, however, she makes no complaint or mention of recuperation in her intrepid and hellishly exciting account of her time in the heart of the Rockies So matter of fact, she seems to take the ruffians and outlaws, drovers and mustangs, Indians and black bears all in her stride She delves into canyons and crevices, clings to rock faces, wrangles unruly cattle and survives sn What a trail blazer I was under the impression Miss Bird ventured to Colorado to convalesce from a degenerative back illness, however, she makes no complaint or mention of recuperation in her intrepid and hellishly exciting account of her time in the heart of the Rockies So matter of fact, she seems to take the ruffians and outlaws, drovers and mustangs, Indians and black bears all in her stride She delves into canyons and crevices, clings to rock faces, wrangles unruly cattle and survives snow storms Her language is languid, poetic in parts and reminiscient of Steinbeck s passages descibing the beauty of Salinas Valley An accurate depiction of the monumental achievements of a solo female traveler in the days before lonely planet, google maps and travel blogs This collection of letters written by a badass lady traveling the untamed Rockies in 1873 is wonderful except of course the ugly language about native Americans. I had a hard time finishing this book mostly because of the archaic and poetic style of overly descriptive writing of which sometimes I could only read 6 7 pages max a day but eventually the reading sort of grows with me from halfway through to the end The adventure revolved around plains, parks and mountains with majestic views and a lot of wildlife at the beginning of the journey, from my point of view, she was a lady who sought adventure but craved the comfort of a luxurious stay wh I had a hard time finishing this book mostly because of the archaic and poetic style of overly descriptive writing of which sometimes I could only read 6 7 pages max a day but eventually the reading sort of grows with me from halfway through to the end The adventure revolved around plains, parks and mountains with majestic views and a lot of wildlife at the beginning of the journey, from my point of view, she was a lady who sought adventure but craved the comfort of a luxurious stay which was rather vexatious to read about but with the winter coming and some financial shortcomings, her adventure became tough andchallenging and towards the end of the book, she got what she wanted to have a plucky adventure like no other, which is something admirable and highly respectable of a woman Contnuing to work my way through this set of Penguin Great Journeys and stumbled on this gem Bird, clearly a most remarkable woman, at the age of 40 and after a long history of ill health and depression, in the year 1873, sets of to explore the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, heading east from San Francisco and into the parks including South Park of Colorado Her descriptive writing recorded in letters back home to her sister in England reach the sublime as she describes mountain Contnuing to work my way through this set of Penguin Great Journeys and stumbled on this gem Bird, clearly a most remarkable woman, at the age of 40 and after a long history of ill health and depression, in the year 1873, sets of to explore the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, heading east from San Francisco and into the parks including South Park of Colorado Her descriptive writing recorded in letters back home to her sister in England reach the sublime as she describes mountains, like and forest, as well as a giant spherical moon hanging in a crisp frosty sky, purple sunsets and golden dawns It is interesting that her status as a women is no barrier to her the journeys she embarks on The wild Western folk she encounters, uncouth ruffians for the most part, are struck dumb with respect for the lone travelling female and for the most part she is able to rely on the kindness of these strangers Most enjoyable read left with a feeling of envy for her courage in being able to make this great trip Inspired By Penguin S Innovative Great Ideas Series, Our New Great Journeys Series Presents The Most Incredible Tours, Voyages, Treks, Expeditions, And Travels Ever Written From Isabella Bird S Exaltation In The Dangers Of Grizzlies, Rattlesnakes, And Cowboys In The Rocky Mountains To Marco Polo S Mystified Reports Of A Giant Bird That Eats Elephants During His Voyage Along The Coasts Of India Each Beautifully Packaged Volume Offers A Way To See The World Anew, To Rediscover Great Civilizations And Legends, Vast Deserts And Unspoiled Mountain Ranges, Unusual Flora And Strange New Creatures, And Much To travel the world alone is a no mean feat To do it in the nineteenth century male dominated society is sheet bravery This book is actually an abridged version of Isabella Bird s popular adventure book A lady s life in the Rocky mountains In this, her letters to her sister show that Bird was exceptionally intrepid She traveled alone in the lawless Colorado, staying in remote places and interacting with people of all kinds Her description of the beautiful, untouched Sierra and Rocky mount To travel the world alone is a no mean feat To do it in the nineteenth century male dominated society is sheet bravery This book is actually an abridged version of Isabella Bird s popular adventure book A lady s life in the Rocky mountains In this, her letters to her sister show that Bird was exceptionally intrepid She traveled alone in the lawless Colorado, staying in remote places and interacting with people of all kinds Her description of the beautiful, untouched Sierra and Rocky mountains transports you to those magnificent creations of the nature The only disappointment is that this book ends rather abruptly Loved it Apart from comments about the natives this is a thoroughly entertaining read Infectious and enthusiastic. Considering this is an abridged version, why not cut out the awful racism It adds nothing to the main subject of the book Surely the editors could have worked around it It was such a dampener on otherwise beautifully written descriptions of a beautiful part of the world.


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About the Author: Isabella Lucy Bird

Isabella Lucy Bird October 15, 1831 October 7, 1904 was a nineteenth century English traveller, writer, and a natural historian.Works The Englishwoman in America 1856 Pen and Pencil Sketches Among The Outer Hebrides published in The Leisure Hour 1866 The Hawaiian Archipelago 1875 The Two Atlantics published in The Leisure Hour 1876 Australia Felix Impressions of Victoria and Melbourne published in The Leisure Hour 1877 A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains 1879 Unbeaten Tracks in Japan 1880 Sketches In The Malay Peninsula published in The Leisure Hour 1883 The Golden Chersonese and the way Thither 1883 A Pilgrimage To Sinai published in The Leisure Hour 1886 Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan 1891 Among the Tibetans 1894 Korea and her Neighbours 1898 The Yangtze Valley and Beyond 1899 Chinese Pictures 1900 Notes on Morocco published in the Monthly Review 1901