Talk About Wired for Adventure–A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
I would like to thank reader and friend Jeannette Shields for tipping me off to this intriguing lady in defiance–a real one! I get so tired of the feminists making us feel like victims. We’re only victims if we choose that road. I’ve profiled many, many women who simply refused to accept their societal limits and shot right past them.
So, here ya go. Here is another one, a gal breaking the rules, exceeding the expectations of society, living life to the fullest. When Isabella crossed over the Jordan, I expect she did so riding at a full gallop!
“In 1854, at the age of twenty-two, Isabella Bird left England and began traveling as a cure for her ill health. Over the years she explored Asia, the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii, and both the Eastern and Western United States. A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains contains letters written to her sister during her six-month journey through the Colorado Rockies in 1873. Traveling alone, usually on horseback, often with no clear idea of where she will spend the night in what is mostly uninhabited wilderness, she covers over a thousand miles, most of it during the winter months.
A well-educated woman who had known a comfortable life, she thinks nothing of herding cattle at a hard gallop, falling through ice, getting lost in snowstorms, and living in a cabin where the temperatures are well below zero and her ink freezes even as she writes. She befriends desperados and climbs 14,000 foot mountains, ready for any adventure that allows her to see the unparalleled beauty of nature. Her rare complaints have more to do with having to ride side-saddle while in town than with the conditions she faces. An awe-inspiring woman, she is also a talented writer who brings to life Colorado of more than one hundred years ago, when today’s big cities were only a small collection of frame houses, and while and beautiful areas were still largely untouched. –Erica Bauermeister
Title of book: A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
By Isabella L Bird
Available on Amazon. I thought the review (above) might give you food for fodder for a new Lady of Defiance.
The book is free.”
Thanks, Jeannette. Can’t wait to read it!
Posted on March 20, 2019, in Ladies in Defiance and tagged a lady in defiance, adventurous women, feminism, Hearts in Defiance, heather blanton, https://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/program/episodes/eight/images/6-5.jpg, ladies in defiance, legends of the old west, Old West History, old west legends, unsung heroines of the west, western history, western romance, Westerns, who rode side-saddle, wild west history, Wild West Shows, women and guns, women in american history, women in history, women of the old west, Women of the Wild West, women patriots, women who explored alone, women who overcame, women who settled the west, women who went west, Women who won the west, women's history, women's studies. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
Wow, what a gal! No victim crap coming from this lady. Amazing, inspirational story Heather. Assuming it’s her in the middle of the photo? I’ll get the book. Thank you for sharing.
You tickle me, Rita. Yeah, she would have laughed at the feminists of today!
Yep, she was a pistol!