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Cowgirl culture, Cowgirl lyrics, Cowgirl cooking, Americana, Wilderness cooking, Wilderness stories, Mountain horseman

A Cowgirl's Life In The Mountains
by Lauralee Northcott

Cowgirl’s Creed

Courage doesn’t develop when things are going well.

Instead, it creeps up your backbone fed by the springs of fear.

So begins A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains, where colorful, authentic characters—including the author herself—reveal their stories as they navigate rugged terrain and negotiate the temperaments of fellow travelers.

In her debut book, Lauralee Northcott braids together stories, songs, poems, menus and recipes from her 30-plus years as a horseback guide and cook in Washington’s Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness areas. Lauralee captures human (and animal) behavior humorously and thoughtfully, recounting evenings where her cook tent and the campfire became the space for sharing hearty dinners, reflecting on the day, getting better acquainted, and enjoying cowboy music. Focused and engaging, her experiences as an entertainer and a mountain horseman shine through.

Perfect for anyone who loves the mountains, horses and the wilderness, A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains will teach readers practical wilderness tips, as well as the art of Dutch oven cooking and how to set up their own backyard “campfire”—a space to share a meal and a story, and the magic of the outdoors. So saddle up and grab a big slice of hard-won, horseman knowledge, served up in some kickass prose and sweet poetry!

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Lauralee Northcott’s first home was Sitka, Alaska where she learned to be comfortable in the natural world. Moving to Washington when she was eight years old, she started singing with her parents’ band which proved to be a joyfully formative experience. Lauralee’s talent as a professional musician is tried and true. Her 2018 solo album, On the Loose and Headed Your Way, reached #1 on the Western Music Charts. As a member and principle songwriter for the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band for 17 years, she’s produced 6 albums. She performs in venues such as cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals of all kinds.

In addition to music, Lauralee was a public school teacher for over 30 years and spent her summer breaks working as a guide and cook for groups camping and traveling on horseback in the Cascadia region of Washington.

Lauralee lives in Winthop, Washington, population 300, in the North Cascade mountains. She roams the woods and collects pine needles for her handmade, award-winning baskets and enjoys sharing a nice fire with her “local boy” husband of over 35 years. A Cowgirl’s Life is Lauralee’s first published book.

For more information on Lauralee, visit .


Lauralee Northcott
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