Brazos River
The Brazos River Today ©Author Adventures
© Author Adventures
Canoeing © Author Adventures

John Graves, a 1942 graduate of Rice University (then Rice Institute), in Houston, published the critically-acclaimed Goodbye To a River (1960) after taking a long canoe trip down the Brazos River in 1957. It fits well with other classic environmental literature, like Walden (Thoreau), My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska (Muir), and Arctic Dreams (Lopez).

Brazos River Red Berries ©Author Adventures

Make sure you have the book along with you if you are brave enough to follow the same route. Find out current information and how to stay safe on the journey at

Brazos River Dam ©Author Adventures

We begin that trek at the dam Graves campaigned against. A bittersweet reminder of his work.

This is the second stop on Part One of our Texas Trail!

Patricia Smart

© Author Adventures