Tuesday, October 10, 1769
To College Lake, north of Watsonville


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Gaspar de Portolá
The 10th, we travelled for about an hour and a half because the sick had become worse and it was necessary to administer the sacraments to them. Here we remained for four days.

Miguel Costansó
We left the Río del Pájaro and proceeded for one league over level ground, not being able to continue the march farther as the sick were already exhausted, falling down from their mules. We halted near a small pond formed between some low hills, a place with plenty of water and pasture.

Fray Juan Crespi
About eight in the morning we set out northwest. We could not make the march as long as was intended, because the sick men were worse, and each day their number increased, so we must have traveled but little more than one league, over plains and low hills, well forested with very high trees of a red color, not known to us. They have a very different leaf from cedars, and although the wood resembles cedar somewhat in color, it is very different, and has not the same odor; moreover, the wood of the trees that we have found is very brittle. In this region there is a great abundance of these trees and because none of the expedition recognizes them, they are named redwood from their color. We stopped near a lagoon which has much pasture about it and (Still called Pajaro River. Camp was near Watsonville. The route from this point to Soquel Creek (El Rosario), reached on October 16th, is difficult to trace with minute precision, but the explorers evidently ascended Corralitos Creek and swung round some distance to the north, for they crossed Soquel Creek a league from the coast. Their route was close to the present highway from a heavy growth of the redwoods.) in this march many tracks of animals resembling those of domestic cattle have been encountered, and there is some discussion as to whether they may not be buffalo. Some very large deer have also been seen, which they call stags to differentiate them from ordinary deer. The droppings of some mule-like animals have also been found. Bands of them have been seen, and it is said that they are long-eared and have short, flat tails. In the lagoons many cranes are also seen. The explorers say that near here they have seen many chestnut trees which are in flower, and they brought some few nuts, which we tasted, and they truly are chestnuts, the only difference noticed being that they have a thicker shell than those of Spain.


October 9 Day two at Pajaro River.
October 11 Day two at College Lake, north of Watsonville