Monday, November 27, 1769
To the site of Monterey.



Gaspar de Portol√°
No entry

Miguel Costansó
We ascended the river about a league, and forded it at a place where its waters, before mixing with those of the sea, permitted the crossing. We directed our course to the southwest over a level country covered with thickets, without much pasture, with some clumps of small live oaks. We rounded a fair-sized pond, passing over some sand dunes between it and the sea. We pitched our camp in sight of the Punta de Pinos, which, as we have said, had previously been examined. The watering-place was a small lake which was found to be muddy. There was pasture and fire-wood in abundance. Here, when we came near the mountain range, we lost sight of the geese, a resource that had lasted up to this time. The day's march was five leagues.

Fray Juan Crespi
In the morning we set out from the camp of Santa Delfina and went up the river about a league, where the water is now fresh, unmixed with that of the estuary, and where we
found that it could be forded without difficulty. The river crossed, we took the road to the south until we came very near the beach, the edges of which are made up of large sand dunes, on whose skirts we continued our journey, veering to the southwest,119 which is the direction of the coast. All the ground that we traversed is sandy, covered with brush, with some patches of small live oaks, and very little pasture. We rounded a medium-sized lagoon of fresh water, traveling upon some sand dunes which we found between it and the sea. We halted in sight of the Point of Pines (recognized, as was said, in the beginning of October) and camped near a small lagoon which has rather muddy water, but abounds in pasture and firewood. Here the geese began to be scarce, no doubt because of the proximity of the mountains.


November 26 To Salinas River, near Blanco (Oct. 1-6).
November 28 To San Jose Creek, where it flows into Carmel Bay.