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Linda Lawrence Hunt, '62
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America
By Linda Lawrence Hunt, '62
Anchor Books, 2004
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This true story—about a poor woman who, along with her teenage daughter, walked across 19th-century America to get out of debt—received the Washington State Book Award in 2004.
"... Their terror of mountain lions often kept them awake, especially when they heard them prowling nearby. In Wyoming they had a narrow escape from a gray mountain lion 'as big as a man' that followed them for twelve miles. 'Being acquainted with the animal's traits, we knew they never attacked from behind and never except by running and springing upon a victim,' explained Helga to a reporter. 'We kept up a steady pace and kept the animal about ten feet behind us."