Wednesday, July 26, 1769
To Tomato Spring, edge of the Santiago Hills.



Gaspar de Portolá Diary
The 26th, we proceeded for three hours on a good road. Scant pasture; no water for the animals, though enough for the men.

Miguel Costansó Diary
We left San Francisco Solano after midday, having taken the precaution to water the animals. We directed our course to the northwest, over mounds of earth, moderately high and passable, until we descended to a very extensive plain, of which the limit could not be discerned by the eye. After three leagues we halted close to a very small watering-place; it was scarcely sufficient for the people. We called it the Aguage del Padre Gómez as it was discovered by this missionary father who was of our company.

Fray Juan Crespi Diary
On this day we celebrated the holy sacrifice of the Mass, which was heard by all the people, and about three in the afternoon we set out, with the object of breaking the next day's march, which was long, according to the report of the explorers. At first we went northwest, making our way through a valley full of wild grapes and Castilian roses. All the valleys and the hills on both sides are of pure earth, well covered with grass, and without a single stone. So we went on over very open country, with hills and broad mesas, ascending and descending through three or four little valleys of good soil well grown with alders. After traveling two hours and a half we entered a large plain. At the beginning of it we pitched camp near a dry lagoon on a slope, from which we examined the spacious plain, the end of which we could not see. Near the camp some verdure was to be seen, and when the father companion approached it, he found two small springs of water, clear and good, for which reason the soldiers called this spot the Springs of Father Gomez, and I christened it with the name of San Pantaleon.

July 25 Day two at Aliso Creek, near the town of El Toro.
July 27 To Santiago Creek, northeast of Orange.