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A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
By: (1831-1904)

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. A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains details this fascinating account of her travels through a series of letters written to her sister, Henrietta. 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. Bird. She has the distinction of being the first woman to become a member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892.

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Isabella L. Bird

Introduction by

Ann Ronald

University of Nevada, Reno

To My Sister, to whom these letters were originally written, they are now affectionately dedicated.


Introduction, by Ann Ronald


Lake Tahoe Morning in San Francisco Dust A Pacific mail train Digger Indians Cape Horn A mountain hotel A pioneer A Truckee livery stable A mountain stream Finding a bear Tahoe.


A lady's "get up" Grizzly bears The "Gem of the Sierras" A tragic tale A carnival of color.


A Temple of Morpheus Utah A "God forgotten" town A distressed couple Dog villages A temperance colony A Colorado inn The bug pest Fort Collins.


A plague of flies A melancholy charioteer The Foot Hills A mountain boarding house A dull life "Being agreeable" Climate of Colorado Soroche and snakes.


A dateless day "Those hands of yours" A Puritan Persevering shiftlessness The house mother Family worship A grim Sunday A "thick skulled Englishman" A morning call Another atmosphere The Great Lone Land "Ill found" A log camp Bad footing for horses Accidents Disappointment... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 17, 2017
Subject: Nature
I'm glad I stumbled onto this book as it was very satisfying in my quest for books of this era. The only thing that would have made this perfect was if the reader would have been English as the author was but this reader otherwise was top drawer, I listened non-stop, thank you so much!
Reviewer: - July 22, 2015
Subject: Amazing book!!!!
Very descriptive and lively narrative! The characters and geography of the land are brought to life, and the listener is transported back in time and brought along on an exhilarating journey. The narrator of this audiobook is wonderful!

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