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Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
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Jan 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure
Read in January, 2006

Isabella Bird was very ill, so her doctor sent her to America to regain some of her strength. When she set of from England for the first time, she was already a mature woman, considered a spinster by her sister's family and boring.

Over the course of the next decades, Bird would travel the world, sending back mesmerizing accounts of her travels.

It is particularly entertaining to compare her accounts with other travelers accounts- despite her gorgeous writing voice, Bird was considered to be rather overweight and "unlovely" by some of the men who encountered her as she hiked throughout the west, including ascents of some of the more difficult peaks in what is today Rocky Mountain National Park.

True adventure literature, and highly worth reading.
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