Wednesday, December 27, 1769
To Southeast of San Luis Obispo, in the direction of Edna.



Gaspar de Portol√°
The 27th, we proceeded for four hours making the same distance as on the outward journey. We halted in a canyon called the Canada de los Osos on account of the number of bears that it had. Here it rained and for this reason we rested on the 28th.

Miguel Costansó
We were very desirous of arriving at this canyon, having the intention of killing some bears, thinking that we would find as many as on the previous occasion. Preparations were made for the hunt very early in the morning; the soldiers took horses and led them by the bridle in order that they might saddle and mount them when necessary. On beginning the march, however, a very heavy rain set in and lasted. without stopping, all day and the following night. The animals were already loaded, and, as we were without provisions, it was not a time to lose a day's march. We therefore continued our march, ascending the canyon for a distance of three leagues until we arrived at a small stream, and on its bank we pitched our camp. There was plenty of fire-wood and pasture.

Fray Juan Crespi
It dawned clear, and we were able to say Mass, which was heard by all ( Saint Bernard was noted for his abstemiousness, and was said to have eaten only enough to keep him from fainting. A dish made of the breast of chicken and other ingredients.) the men, and the departure was then ordered. Just as the pack train was starting, a good downpour
began which lasted all day and the following night. The commander was of the opinion that this was no time to lose a day's march, on account of the lack of provisions, so we traveled three leagues, getting drenched, until we reached a small arroyo on whose bank we camped, but it did not stop raining all day or night.


December 26 Near the Los Osos schoolhouse (Sept. 7).
December 28 Day Two at Southeast of San Luis Obispo, in the direction of Edna.