Tuesday, August 29, 1769
To Bear Creek.



Gaspar de Portolá
The 29th of August, we proceeded for about three hours and a half; part of the road was good, but the remainder was over very large sand dunes. We halted in a canyon which was out of our way in order to find water, but there was hardly enough for the men.

Miguel Costansó
We left Los Pedernales in the afternoon and proceeded for two leagues towards the north-north-west, on high land along the shore, and over sand dunes. We halted in a canyon where there was an abundance of pasture for the animals, but of the water, which stood in a pool, there was very little. The soldiers called it the Cañada Seca. Before reaching these sand-dunes the coast is broken and steep with many rocky points extending into the sea.

Fray Juan Crespi
At a quarter past one we set out northwest over level ground near the beach, and after traveling a short distance we passed the Point and saw another, and a bay between the two on the sea side. After half a league's travel we came to an arroyo with plenty of fresh water running to the sea. We came out on the shore of the bay after crossing some large sand dunes with some difficulty, and because it was now late, for we had traveled three hours, during which we covered two leagues and a half, the commander ordered camp made in a valley in which there was no water for the animals. Only in some little pools was there any with which to make tortillas, and what was brought in the leather bags was drunk, for which reason the soldiers called it La Canada Seca, while I named it Santa Rosalia.

August 28 To Oil Well Canyon.
August 30 To Santa Ynez River, at Ocean Beach County Park.