By Isabella L. Bird
In 1872, Isabella poultry, daughter of a priest, trigger on my own to the Antipodes 'in seek of overall healthiness' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous shuttle. In 1873, donning Hawaiian using gown, she rode her horse during the American Wild West, a terrain basically newly opened to pioneer payment. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of marvelous, unspoiled landscapes and plentiful natural world, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the unstable passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a really astonishing trip.
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In a deep part of the forest the horse snorted and reared, and I saw a cinnamon-colored bear with two cubs cross the track ahead of me. I tried to keep the horse quiet that the mother might acquit me of any designs upon her lolloping children, but I was glad when the ungainly, long-haired party crossed the river. Then I met a team, the driver of which stopped and said he was glad that I had not gone to Cornelian Bay, it was such a bad trail, and hoped I had enjoyed Tahoe. The driver of another team stopped and asked if I had seen any bears.
The bear ran in one direction, and the horse in another. I hurried after the latter, and twice he stopped till I was close to him, then turned round and cantered away. After walking about a mile in deep dust, I picked up first the saddle-blanket and next my bag, and soon came upon the horse, standing facing me, and shaking all over. I thought I should catch him then, but when I went up to him he turned round, threw up his heels several times, rushed off the track, galloped in circles, bucking, kicking, and plunging for some time, and then throwing up his heels as an act of final defiance, went off at full speed in the direction of Truckee, with the saddle over his shoulders and the great wooden stirrups thumping his sides, while I trudged ignominiously along in the dust, laboriously carrying the bag and saddle-blanket.
This is one of the snow-sheds of the Pacific Railroad, which shuts out from travelers all that I was seeing. 1 Visitors can now be accommodated at a tolerable mountain hotel. Page 20 The lake is called after Mr. Donner, who, with his family, arrived at the Truckee River in the fall of the year, in company with a party of emigrants bound for California. Being encumbered with many cattle, he let the company pass on, and, with his own party of sixteen souls, which included his wife and four children, encamped by the lake.
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (The Western Frontier Library, 14) by Isabella L. Bird