Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
It’s Explorer Month...Journey back in time with us as we bring you excerpts from nature journals from the past...
In 1845, two young army lieutenants—James Abert and William Peck—made preparations to explore the Canadian River Valley...Lt. Abert kept a nature journal with charming descriptions of natural history, landscapes, and the people they met along the way.
All American explorers of the 1840s were expected to report on the natural history of new lands they were exploring...Lt. Abert also included drawings and sketches in his journal.
September 6, 1845...”Horned lizards, “agama cornuta,” are also in abundance, and increased in number as we proceeded...We find the Canadian still increasing in width and velocity of its waters, which have now a deep tinge, and justly merit the name of Colorado.”
September 7, 1845... “Our Road was everywhere beautified by luxuriant profusion of plum trees and grapevines... In the neighborhood of our camp, we found several coveys of quails.”
In this journal from 1845, there are many similarities to what we see today in the Canadian River Valley... Lt. Albert certainly provided us with a beautiful nature journal for a memorable reading experience about the history of this area.
Source—“Journal of Lieutenant J.W. Abert, from Bent’s Fort to St. Louis, in 1845.”
Photos: Shots of the Canadian River and the Canadian River Valley