Adventures in the Rocky Mountains Penguin Great Journeys

Adventures in the Rocky Mountains Penguin Great Journeys Inspired by Penguin's innovative Great Ideas series our new Great Journeys series presents the most incredible tours voyages treks expeditions and travels ever written from Isabella Bird's exaltation in the dangers of grizzlies rattlesnakes and cowboys in the Rocky Mountains to Marco Polo's mystified reports of a giant bird that eats elephants during his voyage along the coasts of India Each beautifully packaged volume offers a way to see the world anew to rediscover great civilizations and legends vast deserts and unspoiled mountain ranges unusual flora and strange new creatures and much

10 thoughts on “Adventures in the Rocky Mountains Penguin Great Journeys

  1. El El says:

    To be alone in the Park from the afternoon till the last glory of the afterglow has faded with no books but a Bible and Prayer book is truly delightfulp 76What?? No That sounds awful I cannot think of a worse time than being stuck anywhere with no books but thoseIsabella Bird was a British woman in the late 19th century who was encouraged by doctors in her late 30s to do a bit of traveling in effort to try to make all her woes better She took them up on that offer and had horrible adventures like the one detailed above from page 76 of this unfortunately abridged version of A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains In addition to that above statement she was thrown from a horse during an encounter with an ambling grizzly bear and nearly froze her tits off night after night in a cabin that provided her very little protection from the elements We all cried and moaned about the Polar Vortex not that long ago? Yeah we got nothing on this ladyShe woke up to find the sheet she used to cover her head had frozen to her faceBird had a few not so nice things to say about Native Americans Chinese and I think some Mexicans and definitely cowboys she was a product of her time and place a British woman traveling in a fairly unexplored part of America the Colorado territory out of her element This doesn't explain her attitude towards well everyone but there it is She didn't at least shy away from some adventure wanting to ride her horse not side saddle like women ought to do in that day but just like a man because that's the only way you can actually get somewhereNot only did she ride rough with the men folk she wrote about it as well I like writing too but put me on a trail for a couple hours I'm pretty well worthless by the time I get in at the end of the day And here she's all tramping through the woods no trail avoiding bears and rattlesnakes and chipmunks spelled back then 'chipmonks' isn't that adorable? wearing however many layers of skirt and she gets where she's going pulls out paper and is all Dear sister writing some of the most lovely prose about the Rocky Mountains I've ever read Except for those parts where she wrote really awful things about anyone who wasn't white or I guess BritishPenguin had this great idea to make this Great Journey's collection publishing abridged versions of some great travelogues from history both men and women I'm excited about that though continuously saddened by the fact that this was an abridgment just because abridgments make me incredibly sad I have a few others that I got at the same time that I picked this one up and I'll check them out Ultimately though I'd rather read the complete works from which they were abridged The idea with this collection I suppose is that they're small enough to stick in a backpack on one of your own adventures sitting by the campfire at night or next to a bubbling brook during a break in your hike And it's true reading Bird's words about her travels through the Rocky Mountains wants me to drop everything and go backpacking except for all the bad things Bird went through While there is no longer a Mountain Jim to help me along the way who knows who I might meet up with AdventureI will say this though there will be in my backpack than a freaking Bible and a prayer book because come on

  2. Grace Grace says:

    In the late 19th century Isabella Bird travelled to America after doctors suggested it might improve her poor health This book consists of the letters she sent back to her sister while on her travels She battled bears deep snow and limited supplies but she still enjoyed herself I think and never complained about her health once However some of the views expressed by Bird in her letters are not very nice at all especially towards Native Americans but they aren't surprising considering when these letters were written and the events unfolding in America at this timeAn interesting insight but at the same time a little dull

  3. Erica Erica says:

    Isabella Bird was a woman in the late 1800s who was diagnosed with an ailment of the spine So her doctor sent her to Western America to take in some better air After climbing the world's largest volcano in Hawaii she set out to explore the mountains of Colorado All this as a single traveling unarmed woman in the frontier towns of the west She rode horse for most of her journey stopping occasionally to climb mountains that enticed her to their peaks or visit beautiful lakes She was a lover of the mountains for beauty's sake and seemed to have no fear in attaining her most longed for dream to visit Estes Park a region in the high rockies of Colorado I was pretty amazed at her courage and pluck But what amazed me most about the book was the simple fact that her doctor prescribed this journey for her health What a better medical system we would have if you went to the doctor and told him you just weren't feeling to well and he said Well you probably should go camping in the High Sierra for a few months or years Probably the only prescription a doctor could give me that I would ever take and take it faithfullyHer adventures are told through her letters to her sister and are uite well written I would have liked to have known what ever happened to her and why is she someone I have never heard of

  4. Chavelli Sulikowska Chavelli Sulikowska says:

    What a trail blazer I was under the impression Miss Bird ventured to Colorado to convalesce from a degenerative back illness however she makes no complaint or mention of recuperation in her intrepid and hellishly exciting account of her time in the heart of the Rockies So matter of fact she seems to take the ruffians and outlaws drovers and mustangs Indians and black bears all in her stride She delves into canyons and crevices clings to rock faces wrangles unruly cattle and survives snow storms Her language is languid poetic in parts and reminiscient of Steinbeck's passages descibing the beauty of Salinas Valley An accurate depiction of the monumental achievements of a solo female traveler in the days before lonely planet google maps and travel blogs

  5. Adam Adam says:

    This collection of letters written by a badass lady traveling the untamed Rockies in 1873 is wonderful except of course the ugly language about native Americans

  6. Marian Marian says:

    I knew Isabella Bird was a Victorian solo traveler who had visited far off places such as China on her own What I didn't know was what a great writer she actually was Adventures in the Rocky Mountains contains excerpts from her book A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 1879 Surprisingly for a travelogue here you'll find a variety of experiences and emotions from courage and trepidation to hilarity and friendship I was really impressed by Isabella's fearlessness paired with her knitting needles and an honest confession of her physical weaknesses Still this middle aged lady exhibits far stamina than I could ever dream of whether it's braving out the freezing cold in a cabin or helping cowboys round up their cattle Through it all she focuses on the exhilarating beauty of the Rocky Mountain landscape which is the subject of all her voluntary hardships and a lesson to all of us privileged to travel comfortably not to take it for grantedAmong other uirky characters Mr Mountain Jim Nugent features freuently a handsome rugged desperado who is determined Isabella shall achieve her goal of climbing Pikes Peak Colorado Behind the genteel prose it's clear Ms Bird and Mountain Jim have a thing for each other but Jim's criminal past and alcoholism makes it a futile and bittersweet romanceModern readers should know that Isabella was a person of her time in many ways so there are some derogatory references to Native and African Americans early in the book Interestingly in a later letter she does strongly condemn the way the US government treated the Native Americans p 93–94In both history and human element Adventures in the Rocky Mountains packs a lot of punch for a mere collection of excerpts When I got to the end I regretted not having read the full original and I probably will someday Recommended if you want to read an eye witness account of the Old West from a uniue perspective

  7. Don Don says:

    Contnuing to work my way through this set of Penguin 'Great Journeys' and stumbled on this gem Bird clearly a most remarkable woman at the age of 40 and after a long history of ill health and depression in the year 1873 sets of to explore the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains heading east from San Francisco and into the 'parks' including South Park of Colorado Her descriptive writing recorded in letters back home to her sister in England reach the sublime as she describes mountains like and forest as well as a giant spherical moon hanging in a crisp frosty sky purple sunsets and golden dawns It is interesting that her status as a women is no barrier to her the journeys she embarks on The wild Western folk she encounters uncouth ruffians for the most part are struck dumb with respect for the lone travelling female and for the most part she is able to rely on the kindness of these strangers Most enjoyable read left with a feeling of envy for her courage in being able to make this great trip

  8. Chester Clement Chester Clement says:

    I had a hard time finishing this book mostly because of the archaic and poetic style of overly descriptive writing of which sometimes I could only read 6 7 pages max a day but eventually the reading sort of 'grows' with me from halfway through to the end The adventure revolved around plains parks and mountains with majestic views and a lot of wildlife at the beginning of the journey from my point of view she was a lady who sought adventure but craved the comfort of a 'luxurious' stay which was rather vexatious to read about but with the winter coming and some financial shortcomings her adventure became tough and challenging and towards the end of the book she got what she wanted to have a plucky adventure like no other which is something admirable and highly respectable of a woman

  9. Saranga Saranga says:

    To travel the world alone is a no mean feat To do it in the nineteenth century male dominated society is sheet bravery This book is actually an abridged version of Isabella Bird's popular adventure book A lady's life in the Rocky mountains In this her letters to her sister show that Bird was exceptionally intrepid She traveled alone in the lawless Colorado staying in remote places and interacting with people of all kinds Her description of the beautiful untouched Sierra and Rocky mountains transports you to those magnificent creations of the nature The only disappointment is that this book ends rather abruptly

  10. Rory Bergin Rory Bergin says:

    Loved it Apart from comments about the 'natives' this is a thoroughly entertaining read Infectious and enthusiastic

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