By Isabella L. Bird
In 1872, Isabella fowl, daughter of a priest, trigger by myself to the Antipodes 'in seek of wellbeing and fitness' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous shuttle. In 1873, donning Hawaiian using costume, she rode her horse during the American Wild West, a terrain in simple terms newly opened to pioneer cost. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of outstanding, unspoiled landscapes and considerable flora and fauna, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the risky passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a very incredible trip.
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She found an oppressive lack of privacy amid the exhilarating solitudes of the wild mountains. She found people pinchpenny, parsimonious, greedy, yet willing to share their short rations or escort her on horseback hundreds of miles through a snowstorm. Again and again in mountain villages she felt the over- Page xxi whelming monotony of "a life in which nothing ever happens," yet in these same placeswhenever she could see the mountain ranges and breathe the thin airshe found exuberant novelty in every moment.
In the dense forests which bound it, and drape two-thirds of its gaunt sierras, are hordes of grizzlies, brown bears, wolves, elk, deer, chipmonks, martens, minks, skunks, foxes, squirrels, and snakes. On its margin I found an irregular wooden inn, with a lumber-wagon at the door, on which was the carcass of a large grizzly bear, shot behind the house this morning. I had intended to ride ten miles farther, but, finding that the trail in some places was a "blind" one, and being bewitched by the beauty and serenity of Tahoe, I have remained here sketching, reveling in the view from the veranda, and strolling in the forest.
Almost always Isabella Bird traveled alone. Yet she seldom complained of loneliness nor did she tell us much of her personal feelings. She remained extremely close to her only sister, Henrietta, with whom she lived in the intervals between travels. Several of her books, including the present one, were written as letters to her sister. In 1881, the year after Henrietta's death, when Isabella was herself fifty, she married Dr. John Bishop (ten years her junior), who had been Henrietta's physician.