Wednesday, October 18, 1769
To Majors Creek, Santa Cruz County, CA



Gaspar de Portol√°
We proceeded for four hours, skirting the ocean. On this day's march, we passed several watering-places. We halted on the bank of a gully which forms a lagoon where it flows into the sea; as the stream was swollen we were detained, for higher up the banks were precipitous and thickly wooded. At this place, there was a cove for small vessels, sheltered to northward.

Miguel Costansó
We continued to follow the direction of the coast, west-northwest, over high hills which were steep on the side towards the sea. The shore is practically without beach on the whole stretch of two leagues over which we traveled. There were three bad places, in as many canyons, where we had to make a road. These canyons contained running water in very deep ditches, over which it was necessary to lay bridges of logs covered with earth and fascines, so that the pack-animals could cross. We pitched our camp on a low hill near the shore, on the eastern side of a canyon which extended from the mountain range, and contained a stream of good water. This place was called Las Puentes.

Fray Juan Crespi
About eight in the morning we started, taking our way along the coast, which runs to the west-northwest, over high hills, precipitous on the side towards the sea. Five hundred steps after we started we crossed a good arroyo of running water which descends from some high hills where it rises. It was named Santa Cruz. Afterwards we crossed some large mesas of good land which could easily be irrigated with the water of this stream. The mesas, which end in cliffs at the sea, must be about one league wide, extending to some hills at the foot of the mountains. We traveled three hours and a half but only made two leagues, during which we descended and ascended four deep watercourses carrying running water which empties into the sea. Only in the watercourses are any trees to be seen; elsewhere we saw nothing but grass, and that was burned. About halfway on the march we left the redwoods behind us. We stopped at the fourth arroyo, which ends in an estuary; it was named Arroyo de San Lucas, but the soldiers called it Las Puentes, because it was necessary to bridge it with poles and earth before it could be crossed.


October 17 To San Lorenzo River at Santa Cruz.
October 19 To Molino Creek and Scott Creek.