Translation of Incomplete and Untitled Copy of Juan María Antonio Rivera's Original Diary of the First Expedition, 23 July 1765
Translated by Joseph P. Sánchez
. . . [WHICH IS] a mountainous canyon covered with small chamisos and other trees of different species, although only a few. We ascended two small hills without any gravel. From there, we continued along another canyon in the same direction until we reached a very small river 1 which is named from the Pueblo Colorado. Our route is covered with much pasturage and good and copious waters. As we learned, the waters are permanent all year long. We passed the night there.
[June] 26th . . . We left that place following the same direction. Not long afterwards, we entered a canyon which was somewhat craggy and mountainous, which is about two and a half leagues long of bad road. It ends at the foot of a hill which is in the Sierra de Abiquiú. It is the one that has an incline of about one league, [and is] not too rugged. But as observed from the hill, the route, which appears to be little traveled, is palisaded by many oak trees and white poplar. From its descent to the____________________