We started putting in the miles. Traffic was slowing. Mitchell educated me a bit on state laws regarding travelers. I learned a lot of information that will benefit me regarding camping, and traveling on varying roads going forward.
Sean and tracy pulled over to meet us! They were so encouraging! Its always great seeing smiling faces out on the road. They asked to take a few pictures and even gave us a donation! We parted ways.
We made it a mile down to the convenience store. We took a brief break. Capo, a trucker, saw me filling up my water bottles at a spicket on the side of the building. He gave me a few bottles of water and then hit the road!
Come to think of it, he helped me carry mine too.
Dante pulled over! He stopped to check on us and asked for a picture. It was great chatting with him!
After a few miles, a woman pulled over. I didnt catch her name, and missed a photo :(. She gave us a plum and a bible! She was a Jehovah’s Witness, and gave us some advice and words of encouragement. We thanked her parted ways.
We met Vince! He pulled over with his two sons and offered us some gatorade! He was such a great guy. He and his sons were hoping to head to the Hamilton Pool, a beautiful swimming pool in Dripping Springs, TX. Turns out, reservations are required during the summer months and they weren’t able to go that day :(. I felt bad, but they live in the area and go frequently.
Thanks to my sister Jennifer, Mitchell and I had reservations!
We arrived at the preserve and Kathy greeted us!
She payed for our entrance, and offered us to come hang out with the staff before the pool opened. It was a great time!
Mitchell and I snacked, hydrated and rested. We chatted about all kinds of things. Mitchell double majored on computer science and mathematics. He solved a Rubiks cube in 23 seconds right in fron of my eyes! So crazy! He also programs, and is designed a Rubik’s cube in virtual reality!
The staff let us head down to the pool early before the public arrived! We followed the quarter mile trail down into the deep valley. Around bends, down slopes, and through rich vegetation, the sound of rushing water grew louder.
We made it to the Hamilton Pool! I’ll post pictures instead of words:
We spent the day hanging out. We explored the caves, hung out on the beach, and swam in the crystal aqua water. We danced beneath waterfalls, watched crazy birds swarm the skies, and enjoyed the warmth of the sun.
We crossed the Pernaldes River.
We hiked up and about Hill Country.
We found a place to camp! Private property lined Ranch Road 952 all the way from Hamilton Pool to Cypress Mill, except for one break between properties. It was a small bit of land along the roadside. It had a few trees low to the ground that would keep us hidden from traffic. It was literally the only place for miles.
John stopped to check it out! Mitchell first, and then I, headed down to the road to greet him. He lives 5 miles east of the pool. A friend had told him he saw two people with a giant cross traveling along the ranch road, and John decided to find us! He offered us a ride into town, but we decided we were set for the evening. John promised to meet us with food the next day. We talked about the great sun set we had witnessed. John snapped a picture of Mitchell and I! We parted ways with John.