Isabella Bird was a world traveller in the late 1800's. She kept diaries every where she went. Her diaries read like novels. This was at a time when women didn't venture out alone so her exploits are all the more incredible. I loved reading this book and look forward to reading some of her other diaries.
In 1873, a middle-aged Englishwoman toured the Colorado Rockies on horseback alone, for the most part. Painting an intimate portrait of the "Wild West," Bird wrote eloquently of flora and fauna, isolated settlers and assorted refugees from civilization, vigilance committees, lynchings, and the manners among the men she encountered in the wilderness.