An interesting perspective from a woman of the period on the Santa Fe trail. I appreciate it for what it is, a diary of a young, entitled woman who met many famous folks of the old west along the Santa Fe trail. It was not originally written for publication. I had a hard time getting over that fact and struggled to enjoy the book. The discriminatory and negative attitude to those of perceived lower status was really hard to swallow at times. It did however fulfill my wish to know more about everyday life in the old southwest and what it was really like to journey on the old Santa Fe trail. And for that, it is an amazing document.