The constellation Orion faded into dawn and another clear, lovely day. Today’s hills were shorter and easier than yesterday’s, but the coast remained rugged and wild. Fog from the ocean swirled and crept up the hills. Just past Point San Piedras, an elephant seal colony had claimed a stretch of beach, and we stopped to see the juveniles who sunbathe and tussle – but mostly sunbathe – at the breeding ground in October prior to the return of adults. The seals use their flippers to toss sand on their backs. We camped at San Simeon State Park.  
 
     
   
           
   
     
 
         
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