7. “Goodbye to a River” was the title of the book written by John Graves in 1959 about a float trip down the Brazos River. His companion on that trip was a six-month-old Dachshund puppy. To quote Graves, “The pup was not a very practical dog, but he was company.” The book gives a historical perspective on both the Brazos and the people who originally settled Texas. Having read the book twice, it is hard to forget that the full moon in March is forever known as the “Comanche Moon.” That was a time if you were living in an isolated cabin on the Brazos you slept with pistols and rifles fully loaded. Mr. Graves takes you for a great ride down a magnificent river before it was dammed four times.