We drive down to lake Georgetown this morning to hike the Goodwater Loop. Got started at 11am and cruised down the trail slowly. It was overcast and barely dripping rain at first. I enjoyed this, considering yesterday was 100 degrees. We hiked in about 4 miles and ate lunch at a nice sitting spot. The sky was starting clear by the time we took out next break around 7 or 8 miles. A dayhiker with trail running gear went past us shortly before we stopped, but we knew a shortcut around one dry cove on the lake.. so he ended up passing us again as we took our break. We got back on the trail and crossed the lake/river at Box crossing at around 10 miles. I judged I had enough water to make it to camp. I had frozen my bottles and added ice to my hydration bladder before I left the house this morning. With the sun out.. the cold water felt nice.
As we started hiking again Kenny says “stop”. A good size (non poisonous) snake slithered off and we marched to some shade and took a cold drink break. We mosied on into camp around 6pm.. an easy 13 mile day. We set up tents and filtered water. Now I’m eating snacks as I wait for my food to hydrate.