After the Meadow we still had to get to the first summit (our second or third of the trip by then) - we ended up doing a lot of bouldering, which none of the trail reviews mentioned.. When we got to the end of the boulder field we realized our error - at some point (we have no idea when) we actually got off the Meadows Trail and ended up on a third trail that we had no idea existed - adding roughly 2 miles and the additional summits to our trip. I haven't seen anything on any trail websites about this third trail, but when we reconnected with the Meadows trail it was obvious what had happened... I wish I could tell you where we got mixed up so you could avoid it, but I honestly don't have the slightest idea..
By the time we got to the base of The Rock, it was already 5 PM - even LATER than the previous day. Due to the time constraints, and the fact that we were now dangerously low on water, we unfortunately were unable to summit it, yet again. I swear we will do it soon - everyone said the top it absolutely amazing.
We took Grey Rock Trail down, and made the descent in an hour an 7 minutes - we were on a mission to get back to the Jeep and get some water in us ASAP.
We will probably not attempt The Meadows again just based on that experience, and if you do please be careful and watch the trail so you don't make the same mistake we did - unless you want to, it honestly was a beautiful hike and the first summit we hit had incredible views - just make sure you are prepared!
Lesson learned for sure - watch your trail, bring MORE water than you think you'll need, and just prepare for the worst in general - God forbid something had happened up there, especially when we were off the trail - things can go south pretty quick! Day 2 took us 4 hours, and we were really moving - start earlier than we did if you can, especially to avoid that afternoon heat - it was crazy hot out Thursday!