It was rainy as we left Texas early in the morning. We rolled into Queen Wilhelmina state park about 9:20 and loaded into the truck with Kenny and Sharon. Sharon dropped us off at mile zero and we headed off. The weather was so much nicer than predicted. We stopped a few times along the way for snacks and water. When we hit deadman’s gap we had to go down the slippery hill a little slower. Shane has his hiking pole save him from really going over hard. We got to rock garden shelter a little after 5:00 and setup. About 6:30 a father and son joined us at the shelter. They went to filter water as we finished dinner.