Thursday, December 7, 1769
Day ten at San Jose Creek, where it flows into Carmel Bay.



Gaspar de Portol√°
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Miguel Costansó
There were some at the meeting who thought it best to remain at the Punta de Pinos until the provisions on hand should be entirely consumed, and finally to start upon the return march when these provisions were exhausted, submitting to the necessity of eating mule's meat for the rest of the journey. All these things, however, having been considered, in view of the few provisions that remained the excessive cold, and, above all, the snow that was beginning to cover the mountain range, our commander himself resolved upon the return, believing that if the passage over the mountains became impossible we should all perish. During the afternoon a violent south wind sprang up which caused a great tempest on the sea, and treated us very badly on land.

Fray Juan Crespi
This day, after having repeated the supplications to God for success in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, the council was held. Some were of the opinion that it was best to remain
at the Point of Pines until the existing provisions should be entirely consumed, and then start on the return with the determination to eat mule meat for the rest of the journey. Others were of the opinion that the expedition should be divided, part to remain at this place and the rest to go on to San Diego, but several difficulties came in the way of both plans. Everything considered, the small amount of provisions remaining, the extreme cold that was now prevailing, and the snow that was beginning to cover the neighborhood, the commander himself decided to retreat, remarking that if the pass through the mountains should be closed against them it was inevitable that all should perish. This afternoon a very violent south wind arose which caused a great storm on the sea and annoyed us considerably on land.


December 6 Day nine at San Jose Creek, where it flows into Carmel Bay.
December 8 Day eleven at San Jose Creek, where it flows into Carmel Bay.