Sunday, September 10, 1769

Gaspar de Portolá
We proceeded for two hours through a canyon and have halted in a gully, thickly grown with trees and entirely surrounded by pine woods.

Miguel Costansó
We entered the branch of the canyon that turned to the north-northwest, and followed it for a distance of three leagues. We left it afterwards because it turned towards the north and came to the top of some low hills to the northwest. From this point we beheld the mountain range covered with pines and a very deep canyon thickly grown with willows, poplars, pines, and other trees, in which ran a small river with considerable water, that some maintained was the Río del Carmelo. We pitched our camp in the upper part of the canyon. This was named La Cañada del Osito because some Indians from the mountains, who came down to visit us, brought with them a bear cub they were taming and offered it to us. There must have been as many as sixty men in the party.

Fray Juan Crespi
After Mass had been said in the presence of all the soldiers, we set out early in the morning and took the valley by the north arm. We followed it for the space of two hours and a half, during which we must have traveled two good leagues. Later we left it because we saw that it was turning to the north. From that point we made out a mountain range covered with pines, and in a very deep valley filled with a thick growth of willows, cottonwoods, pines, and other trees, we came to a large arroyo, which looked to us like a small river. We halted at the head of the Ellysly 's Creek, just east of Point Estero. A short distance north it is joined by Villa Creek. They ascended Ellysly 's Creek, went over Dawson Grade, and camped on Santa Rosa Creek, near Cambria.valley, and some sixty heathen from a village that they said was not far from the camping place came to visit us. They gave us some baskets of pinole and we returned the gift with beads. They brought a little bear which they had reared and offered it to us, but we did not accept it. From this circumstance the soldiers took occasion to name the spot El Osito, but I called it San Benvenuto. I observed the latitude and it was thirty-six degrees and two minutes.

Located at Coast Union High School, one mile east of Cambria