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Isabella Bird

Climb the mountain! Pet the peacock! This is the advice from the drunk gal-pals, that might not be the best to follow. However, Katie tells about an English explorer who traveled all around the world. One adventure the locals trapped her in a house and set it on fire! Learn about the lady who was allergic to sitting still, Isabella Bird.

Show Notes & Extras

  • Gal Pals this month are Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris, Amy Dalton and Leah Leach
  • Katie remembers names
  • Get to know you question – If you had a week to fully explore something, all expenses paid, what would it be and where would you go?
  • The Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Bonnie tries to pet a peacock
  • Katie’s 1 Cool Explorer Gal – Isabella Bird
  • The Lady of the Rocky Mountains (Gal’s Guide Library)
  • 2019 Graphic Novel (Amazon, French Edition)
  • Born in 1831
  • Early life
  • Stickley or not a great Victorian, you decide!
  • Tumor
  • Doctor diagnosed “travel”
  • Scotland for healing
  • Politically minded
  • No formal education
  • Travel to America
  • An English Woman in America (Amazon)
  • Australian travels
  • Sandwich Islands
  • Ride Astride
  • The Lady of the Rocky Mountains (Gal’s Guide Library)
  • CORRECTION: We said on the show Edan Park and were not sure. It’s Estes Park (
  • Jim Nugent “Rocky Mountain Jim” (pic below)
  • Isabella was maybe the “Cougar of the Rocky Mountains”
  • Isabella got married
  • “Allergic to sitting still”
  • More travels
  • White Devil story
  • Distinctions
  • 1904 death with her bags packed for another trip
  • More about the house burning


About The Gal’s Guide Podcast

What if you could only share 1 cool thing about a topic? Would it be about ancient history? Would it be breaking news? Would it be safe for work? A group of gals gathers to present to you one cool thing on topics like painting, gaming, movies, music and more.

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