By Isabella L. Bird
In 1872, Isabella chook, daughter of a priest, trigger on my own to the Antipodes 'in seek of well-being' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous go back and forth. In 1873, donning Hawaiian using gown, she rode her horse during the American Wild West, a terrain merely newly opened to pioneer payment. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of very good, unspoiled landscapes and plentiful 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 unbelievable trip.
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The eastward mountains, which had been grey, blushed Page 22 pale pink, the pink deepened into rose, and the rose into crimson, and then all solidity etherealized away and became clear and pure as an amethyst, while all the waving ranges and the broken pine-clothed ridges below etherealized too, but into a dark rich blue, and a strange effect of atmosphere blended the whole into one perfect picture. It changed, deepened, reddened, melted, growing more and more wonderful, while under the pines it was night, till, having displayed itself for an hour, the jewelled peaks suddenly became like those of the Sierras, wan as the face of death.
Link's 17. Breckenridge Pass, now Boreas Pass 18. Hall's Gulch, located in Hall Valley 19. Turkey Creek Canyon 20. Green Lake 21. Boulder Canyon 22. M'Ginn's Gulch, or Muggins Gulch 23. Namaqua, southwest of present-day Loveland 24. St. Louis, south of present-day Loveland Page xxiii Page 3 Letter I Lake TahoeMorning in San FranciscoDustA Pacific Mail-TrainDigger IndiansCape HornA Mountain HotelA PioneerA Truckee Livery StableA Mountain StreamFinding a BearTahoe. Lake Tahoe, September 2. I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh.
Page 5 The dusty fertility was all left behind, the country became rocky and gravelly, and deeply scored by streams bearing the muddy wash of the mountain gold mines down to the muddier Sacramento. m. 1 At Colfax, a station at a height of 2,400 feet, I got out and walked the length of the train. First came two great gaudy engines, the Grizzly Bear and the White Fox, with their respective tenders loaded with logs of wood, the engines with great, solitary, reflecting lamps in front above the cow guards, a quantity of polished brass-work, comfortable glass houses, and well-stuffed seats for the engine-drivers.