Thursday, October 19, 1769
To Molino Creek and Scott Creek.


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Gaspar de Portolá
The 19th, we travelled for four hours and a half, close to the sea; we had to cross several gorges that had been washed out by the rains. We halted beside a small river that flows into the sea. There was a village which, on our arrival, we found deserted.

Miguel Costansó
The march we made on this day was toilsome on account of the many ravines we came upon, there were seven or eight of them , all of which gave the pioneers much work, one especially because of its depth and the ruggedness of its sides. Into this fell the mule that carried the kettle, and for this reason the place was named the Barranco de la Olla.
The coast turns more to the northwest, and is everywhere precipitous, excepting at the outlet of these ravines where there is a short stretch of beach. To our right there were some whitish, barren hills that filled us with sadness, and there were days on which we missed the comfort of seeing natives. We halted on a very high hill and in sight of the white mountain range, which the scouts had discovered, where some clumps of pines could be seen. At the foot of the low hill, to the right and left, ran some streams containing plenty of water. Today we traveled for two leagues and a half. This place was given the name of Alto del Jamón.

Fray Juan Crespi
Day of San Pedro de Alcantara.. We set out about eight in the morning. The road on this march was very troublesome, on account of the frequent gulches along the way, for we crossed seven, and they caused a great deal of work in making them passable, especially one of them, on account of its depth and the steepness of its sides. In this one the mule that was loaded with the cooking pot fell down, and because of this accident it took the name of Barranca de la Olla. The coast, which now turns more to the northwest, is all precipitous, except at the mouth of the ravine mentioned above, where a small beach is formed. On the right hand we had some bare white hills which caused sadness. We halted on a very high one in sight of the white mountains which the explorers discovered, and on which some patches of pines could be made out. At the foot of the hill run two very copious streams, one to the right and the other to the left. The day's march was two leagues and a half, and in it we spent about five hours. The spot did not seem to me undesirable for a town, although we did not see a single heathen, but we did see vestiges of a village which had been deserted shortly before. I called the place San Pedro de Alcantara, and the soldiers know it as El Alto del Jamon.


October 18 To Majors Creek, Santa Cruz County, CA.
October 20 To Waddell Creek