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Isabella Bird began traveling 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 trek 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.
Isabella Lucy Bird broke away from the traditions of the middle-clazz woman in Victorian Britain and established herself as a determined and intelligent traveler. Through her accounts of her travel adventures she challenged and delighted a wide and appreciative audience. Her travel books made her one of the most famous women in late-Victorian Britain. In the course of her travels, Bird landed in San Francisco and traveled to Colorado where she had her romantic adventure with the desperado Jim Nugent. For months in the high Rockies, in and around Estes Park, as autumn turned to winter, Isabella was beguiled not only by the wild Rocky Mountains but also by the charms of Mountain Jim who took her on expeditions and encouraged her boldness. With Jim's assistance she became the second woman to climb Long's Peak, a mountain of over 14,000 feet. This delightful volume recounts her adventures in the Rockies.
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