I hiked with the “Crack of Dawn” meet up group at McKinney Falls State Park this morning. After completing 4 miles with them they were done so I headed out for at least 4 miles more. To do this I hiked over to the lower falls and crossed there to continue on the Homestead trail. It was not that deep, but it was quite cold. Others we’re crossing at the same time. They took off their shoes whereas I just plunged ahead with my shoes on. I also used my hiking poles for improved balanced. By the time I got back to the car I actually did 9 miles.