Friday, September 8,1769
To or near the mouth of Chorro Creek, at Morro Bay State Park (Morro Rock, SRL 821).
California Registered Landmark - 821 Morro Rock


Gaspar de Portol√°
The 8th, we traveled for two hours. We halted in a canyon near the seashore where there was much pasture and water, and in which there was a village of about sixty inhabitants.

Miguel Costansó
We made this day's march through the same canyon, which steadily turns to the west, and followed it as far as the sea. We encountered some obstacles on our road, consisting of deep gullies which it was necessary to make ready for the passage of the animals. At a distance of two leagues, we halted on a hill in sight of the sea, and near a stream of very good water covered with watercress. The land was pleasant, of good quality, with abundant pasture and quite a number of trees. Not far from our quarters there was a small and miserable Indian village with hardly sixty souls. They lived in the open, without house or hearth. They came to visit us, and offered us a kind of pinole made of roasted seeds, which tasted good to all of us and had the flavor of almonds. An estuary of immense size, which to us seemed a harbor, enters this canyon on the south side; but its mouth, opening to the southwest, is covered with reefs that cause a furious surf. At a short distance to the north of the mouth, and in front of our camp, there was a very large rock, shaped like a round head. At high tide it becomes an island, and is then separated, a little less than a gunshot from the shore. From this rock the coast extends to the west-northwest as far as a great point of land which we could discern terminating in the sea. Between this point and another headland we were leaving behind, the coast forms a large bay, providing shelter from the south, southwest, and west winds, if it have sufficient anchorage.

Fray Juan Crespi
After Mass was said on this great day of the Nativity of our Lady, we went on by the same valley as far as the sea, which lies to the west. There were some obstructions caused by deep gulches, which it was necessary to prepare so that the pack train could pass. At the end of two leagues we stopped on a hill in sight of the sea, near an arroyo of good water covered with watercress. It is a pleasant land, with many trees and good pasture. Not far from the camping place there was a very small village of heathen which seemed to be nomadic, for we did not see a single house. About sixty persons came to see us as soon as we arrived and presented us with a sort of porridge made of roasted seeds which tasted like almonds, and everybody liked it very much. The governor returned the gift and they were all well pleased. To the south an estuary of immense size enters this valley, so large that it looked like a harbor to us; its mouth opens to the southwest, and we noticed that it is covered by reefs which cause a furious surf. At a short distance from it, to the north, we saw a great rock in the form of a round morro, which, at high tide, is isolated and separated from the coast by a little less than a gunshot. From this morro the coast runs to the west-northwest as far as the point that we saw jutting into the sea, and between it and another point of the mountains that we left behind, the shore forms a great bay, sheltered from the winds to the southwest and west; but it is necessary to examine it to make sure of the bottom. This spot was named Valley of San Adriano.


September 7 To the vicinity of Los Osos schoolhouse, west of San Luis Obispo.
September 9 To Ellysly Creek.