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Patrick’s Point State Park, CA

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We got up this morning and headed out to do the Agate Beach hike before showers and breakfast. This hike is one of the reasons we come here. It is fairly steep down a bunch of winding stairs but the rocky beach is just gorgeous. There are cool rocks and petrified wood and stuff and we really dug it last time we were here.

And then…snap! Space Mountain was closed!

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Love the last part of this sign: "If you are desperate for beautiful rocks, the beach at Dry Lagoon, approximately 8 miles north in Humboldt Lagoons State Park, has the same mix of agate, jasper, and petrified wood on its shore." 

Desperate for rocks.

We headed to the Rim Trail and decided it was okay that Agate Beach was closed and the trip to Disneyland wasn't a total bust after all.

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Out on the rock between the two tall split rocks and the one in the foreground on the right (underneath the flying sea bird), there's a big sea lion. I'd kinda like to have seen the move that got him up there, but he sure looks like he's enjoying the whole "king of the mountain" thing.

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Photosynth panorama:

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And we still got a bunch of stairs in, even though Agate Beach was closed (42 flights!).

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Checkout is noon. We've gotten a hike in, some work done, and breakfast had, and now we're gonna shower and head to Bandon, OR. My mom gave us a bunch of good tips (Bullard's Beach, Bandon Fish Market, etc.) so I think we'll stay there tonight. 

Patrick's Point State Park campground report: We're in spot 113 in the Agate Beach loop. Very spotty AT&T cell service, using our Verizon data card pretty successfully though. Out on the point and maybe other places in the campground: 3-4 bars of AT&T cell service. There are no hookups, and spots vary in length. There is a dump station. They've got a weird first-come first-served set up for getting a site, though. You pull in, and the guy says to go look at the sites, mark down your top 3 and come back to the kiosk to see if they're available. Agate loop is really far from the entrance, so by the time we got back, one of the three empty sites was available. And it's tough to turn around…towing the trailer the whole time. It's a weird system, and I'm not quite sure why you can't just find your spot and pay. I asked, but his explanation just confused me even more. The campsites are mostly private and green (and they all have tons of little BUNNIES in them!!) but none really have much view (view is very nearby, however, and it's beautiful.)

Here's a shot of the campsite:

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