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"A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" is the story of Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, who set off alone in search of health and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. Over the years she explored Asia, the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii, and both the Eastern and Western United States. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. Traveling alone, usually on horseback, often with no clear idea of where she would spend the night in what was mostly uninhabited wilderness, Isabella Bird covered over a thousand miles, most of it during the winter months. A well-educated woman who had known a comfortable life, she thought nothing of herding cattle at a hard gallop, falling through ice, getting lost in snowstorms, and living in a cabin where the temperatures were well below zero and her ink froze even as she wrote. She befriended desperados and climbed 14,000 foot mountains, ready for any adventure that allowed her to see the unparalleled beauty of nature. Her rare complaints had more to do with having to ride side-saddle while in town than with the conditions she faced. "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" contains letters written to Isabella's sister during her six-month journey through the Colorado Rockies in 1873. 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. An awe-inspiring woman, Isabella Bird was a talented writer who brings to life, in "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains," the Colorado of more than one hundred years ago, when today's big cities were only a small collection of frame houses, and beautiful scenic areas were still largely untouched. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.
Isabella L. Bird most famous book is probably A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. Bird's time in the Rockies was enlivened especially by her acquaintance with Jim Nugent, a textbook outlaw with one eye and an affinity for violence and poetry. "A man any woman might love but no sane woman would marry," Bird declared in a section excised from her letters before their publication.
Isabella L Bird (1831 - 1904) was a 19th century British traveler and writer. Since her father was a Church of England priest the family moved many times during her childhood. Bird traveled to Colorado when she heard the air was very healthy. She covered the 800 miles on horseback riding like a man and not sidesaddle. During her adventure she wrote a series of letters home to her sister. These were published in the Leisure Hour magazine. The letters were later published in her most famous book A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
Pocket field guide to wildflowers of the Rockies, from foothills to tree line. As with all our flower guides, the step-by-step key guides you first to the flower family and then to the name of the individual species. Includes information about habitat and range, and a glossary of terms used to describe flowers and leaves. Author's line drawings clearly reveal important features for accurate identification.
Many of us first learned of the Adirondack Mountains when they played host to the 1980 Winter Olympic games. There's a reason the world decided to showcase its best athletes in northeastern New York. Beautiful Lake Placid in the Adirondacks provided a spectacular backdrop that captivated audiences almost as much as the athletic contests did. There are very few places that measure up to the Adirondacks in terms of pure, unadulterated natural beauty and recreational options. Spectacular waters, amazing forests, stirring mountains and eye-popping cliffs surround visitors, giving them a chance to escape "the usual" and to experience nature at its very finest. One doesn't need to worry about finding something to do when the reach the Adirondacks. The choices seem endless. Whether fishing the mountain waters of Schroon Lake, bird watching on Whiteface Mountain, climbing to the top of the Adirondack's forty-six peaks, or hunting near Saranac Lake, you can bet on having a fantastic natural experience in New York.