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Wild Life on the Rockies

Enos Abijah Mills

Book Overview: 

“This book contains the record of a few of the many happy days and novel experiences which I have had in the wilds. For more than twenty years it has been my good fortune to live most of the time with nature, on the mountains of the West. I have made scores of long exploring rambles over the mountains in every season of the year, a nature-lover charmed with the birds and the trees. On my later excursions I have gone alone and without firearms. During three succeeding winters, in which I was a Government Experiment Officer and called the “State Snow Observer,” I scaled many of the higher peaks of the Rockies and made many studies on the upper slopes of these mountains.” (Summary from the Preface of Wild Life on the Rockies)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .This year brought the first horses and bearded men into the drama which was played around him. This year, for the first time, he felt the edge of steel and the tortures of fire. The old chronicles say that the Spanish explorers found the cliff-houses in the year 1540. I believe that during this year a Spanish exploring party may have camped beneath Old Pine and built a fire against his instep, and that some of the 44 explorers hacked him with an axe. The old pine had distinct records of axe and fire markings during the year 1540. It was not common for the Indians of the West to burn or mutilate trees, and as it was common for the Spaniards to do so, and as these hackings in the tree seemed to have been made with some edged tool sharper than any possessed by the Indians, it at least seems probable that they were done by the Spaniards. At any rate, from the year 1540 until the day of his death, Old Pine carried these scars on his instep.

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Community Reviews

Enos A. Mills was considered to be an archtype outdoorsman in the early 20th century near what is currently Rocky Mountain National Park. He is a fascinating writer, he was clearly in tune with the wilderness, and was a gifted observer.

This Enos classic is a bit whimsical. It seems quite far-fetched at times. I had trouble enjoying the stories because of believability—Almost like Mark Twain truth stretchers, written just for effect. I gave it four stars because it’s Enos Mills, father of interpretation. This was my first book of h

This book was a delight for me from cover to cover. A must read from a nature lover to a nature lover.

An absolute delight from a true lover of creation. Beautiful and fun stories!

I've read several of his books, this was my favorite.

A nice compilation of his best reflections. Many of these tales I had read in other books of his. Delightful!

Why hasn't anyone ever recommended Enos Mills to me? Beautifully written.

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