The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 65
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 65
father-tell him of it he turns round and salutes him find him
to be a Tonkaway hunter-he soon strikes off into the woods and
we pass on through a country thinly covered with post oak find
no water till we have travelled 17 miles from Beeson's-this is
the first branch of the Navidad (nativity) here we unpack, turn
out our horses, strike up a fire cook our breakfast and dinner-
rest about 3 hours-start again cross the main branch of the Navi-
dad, a small branch at this distance from the gulph into which
it empties-good timber on it-continue on through a post oak
country, soil generally thin and sandy tho' well clothed with grass,
reach the main branch of the rio, La Vaca (colw river) this is
also a mere branch and forms the western boundary of Austin's
colony-the dividing line between him and Dewitt cross it and
ascend a high and extensive prairie-the view here is almost
boundless the breeze is strong, bracing and delightfully exhilarating.
Father fancied he could almost taste its sweetness-the eye is
charmed with the loveliness and grandeur of the prospect that
here so opens on it-the deer and wild horses playing before us-
the latter more especially with arched necks lofty heads their
manes and tails given to the winds the regularity of their move-
ments with a sudden wheel like thought and the wild terror issu-
ing from their nostrils-all tending to remind us of Job's war
horse "clothed in thunder and swallowing up the ground" these
give an animation and lively zest to the scenery that makes the
whole superior far to description--these prairies are interspersed
with what are termed islands of timber charmingly variegating
and destroying what would otherwise be a monotony of undula-
tions in the prairie-we cross a second branch of the last named
stream-a mile further and we camp at the third fork-we lie
under a large tree with a fine fire-the wolves keeping a terrific
howling around us throughout the night-this is the principal In-
dian range-many have been robbed of money and horses-in the
morning have a strong pot of Coffee and start-this 'day travel
thro' the loveliest country I have ever seen-the greatest stretch
of my imagination never pictured a scene to be compared with
this we cross a 4th and fifth branch of the La Vaca-the last
of which stands in deep pools of the purest sweetest clearest water
I ever beheld I stood on the bank and on the clean white rock
about 10 ft below the surface I could have seen a pin-these pools
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