The next day, we traveled the seldom used east/west road between Valle La Bocana and Valle San Rafael
in search of the lost mission site, Santa Maria Magdalena.... It is still lost!

What we were looking for... an ancient wall, stone piles, and native sleeping circles,
as shown in these photos from a 1966 Desert Magazine story by Choral Pepper.
The site was discovered by the Erle Stanley Gardner expedition.

The old Erle Stanley Gardner road soon joined the new graded road to San Francisquito
where we turned north and passed by Bahia San Rafael. Two American kayakers on a wilderness adventure
( were there (far left and right).
David K and Pancho in the center.

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