Science, Botany, and Friendship: One Woman’s Journey into the West
In keeping with the theme of our latest read and since Letters to Yellowstone was certainly worthy of writing home about, here is a recap of our discussion and tribute to author Diane Smith.
As she embarks on this journey, the bookish young woman embraces the challenges of extreme weather and rustic living conditions, but the biggest hurdle she faces is one that no one anticipates: she is a woman in a man’s world. Mom, throughout my life, you presented me with strong female leadership and exposed me to progressive ideas, and as a result, I have always felt immune to the persistent gender inequality in today’s society. I am always amazed by historical accounts of this disparity. Leave the exploring and outdoor adventures to the men – I don’t think so!
All in all, it was a lovely afternoon. We laughed over old 20th century images of women in petticoats, hunted buffalo, and naturalist illustrations. We enjoyed home-baked cookies, cupcakes, s’mores, hot cocoa, and lettuce wraps in honor of the expedition’s ethnic culinary experiences. This would certainly be a book you could enjoy!