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A Lady's Life In The Rocky Mountains : Virago classic non-ficti - Isabella L. Bird

A Lady's Life In The Rocky Mountains

Virago classic non-ficti

Paperback Published: 8th July 1982
ISBN: 9780860682677
Number Of Pages: 320

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Born in 1831, Isabella, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes in 1872 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode on her spirited horse Birdie through the American 'Wild West', a terrain only recently opened to pioneer settlement. Here she met Rocky Mountain Jim, her 'dear (one-eyed) desperado', fond of poetry and whisky - 'a man any women might love, but no sane woman would marry'. He helped her climb the 'American Matterhorn' and round up cattle on horseback.

The wonderful letters which make up this volume were first published in 1879 and were enormously popular in Isabella Bird's lifetime. They tell of magnificent unspoilt landscapes and abundant wildlife, of small remote townships, of her encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers.

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'There never was anybody who had adventures as well as Miss Bird' SPECTATOR

Lake Tahoe
Morning in San Francisco
A Pacific mail train
Digger Indians
Cape Horn
A mountain hotel
A pioneer
A Truckee livery stable
A mountain stream
Finding a bear
A lady's "get-up"
Grizzly bears
The "Gem of the Sierras"
A tragic tale
A carnival of colour
A Temple of Morpheus
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
A bronco mare
An accident
A sad story
The children of the Territories
Hard greed
Halcyon hours
Old-fashioned prejudices
The Chicago colony
Good luck
Three notes of admiration
A good horse
The St. Vrain
The Rocky Mountains at last
"Mountain Jim"
A death hug
Estes Park
Personality of Long's Peak
"Mountain Jim"
Lake of the Lilies
A silent forest
The camping ground
A lady's bower
Dawn and sunrise
A glorious view
Links of diamonds
The ascent of the Peak
The "Dog's Life"
Suffering from thirst
The descent
The bivouac
Estes Park
Big game
"Parks" in Colorado
Magnificent scenery
Flowers and pines
An awful road
Our log cabin
Griffith Evans
A miniature world
Our topics
A night alarm
A skunk
Morning glories
Daily routine
The panic
"Wait for the waggon"
A musical evening
"Please ma'ams"
A desperado
A cattle hunt
The muster
A mad cow
A snow-storm
Snowed up
The Plains
A prairie schooner
A find
Plum Creek
"Being agreeable"
The grey mare
A white world
Bad travelling
A millionaire's home
Pleasant Park
Perry's Park
A cattle ring
The Arkansas Divide
Birdie's sagacity
Monument Park
Deference to prejudice
A death scene
The Manitou
A loose shoe
The Ute Pass
Bergen's Park
A settler's home
Hayden's Divide
Sharp criticism
Speaking the truth
Tarryall Creek
The Red Range
Unfortunate pedlars Snow and heat
A bison calf
Deep drifts
South Park
The Great Divide
Comanche Bill
Hall's Gulch
A Lord Dundreary
Ridiculous fears
Deer Valley
Lynch law
Vigilance Committees
The Silver Spruce
Taste and abstinence
The Whisky Fiend
Turkey Creek Canyon
The Indian Problem
Public rascality
Friendly meetings
The way to the Golden City
A rising settlement
Clear Creek Canyon
A mountain town
The blight of mining
Green Lake
Golden City
Boulder Canyon
Financial straits
A hard ride
The last cent
A bachelor's home
"Mountain Jim"
A surprise
A night arrival
Making the best of it
Scanty fare
A dismal ride
A desperado's tale
"Lost! Lost! Lost!"
Winter glories
Hard times
Intense cold
A pack of wolves
The beaver dams
Ghastly scenes
Venison steaks
Our evenings
A whisky slave
The pleasures of monotony
The mountain lion
"Another mouth to feed"
A tiresome boy
An outcast
Thanksgiving Day
The new-comer
A literary humbug
Milking a dry cow
A snow-storm
A desperado's den
A harmonious home
Intense cold
A purple sun
A grim jest
A perilous ride
Frozen eyelids
The pathless prairie
Hardships of emigrant life
A trapper's advice
The Little Thompson
Evans and "Jim"
Woman's Mission
The last morning
Crossing the St. Vrain
The St. Vrain again
Crossing the prairie
"Jim's" dream
"Keeping strangers"
The inn kitchen
A reputed child-eater
A quiet dance
"Jim's" resolve
The frost-fall
An unfortunate introduction
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ISBN: 9780860682677
ISBN-10: 0860682676
Series: Virago classic non-ficti
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th July 1982
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1