Bats in Heat

Trip Start Jul 01, 2012
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Trip End Jul 07, 2012


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Where I stayed
Residence Inn Houston Downtown
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What I did
Austin Bats
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Flag of United States  , Texas
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Well Happy Fourth of July! This year would not be spent at a BBQ or watching fireworks but instead in a heat that was almost unbearable and watching a great natural wonder of bats filling the sky.

We drove all night from NOLA into Texas only to get in just as the sun began to rise. After spending the morning (sleeping) in Houston we got back in the car and drove to Austin. We decided to just hang around for a few hours and rest up. We honestly had no idea where to go or what to see except the bats under the congress bridge. (a friend of mine, Vanessa, told me about these bats and it seemed like something we could check out)

The problem was the bats don't come out till dusk and that was hours away. So we found a place to wonder and ended up in the Texas State Cemetery. This was a huge place and we got to see many graves of some very impressive people. This also included a hill for the confederate soldiers. What impressed me the most was how old some of these graves were. Plus I found Harvey Dent's grave; I guess he really is dead. (a little batman humor for any who get it haha)

After the cemetery and almost dying from heat exhaustion walking back to the car, we made our way to the congress bridge to see the bats. We ended up relaxing on a small grassy hill just under the bridge for a few hours hoping to catch a glimpse of the bats that are said to emerge at dusk in impressive numbers. I'm not sure if it was the weather, the fireworks about to go off for fourth of July or that it might be the nesting season but when it hit dusk the bats only seemed to come out a few at a time. Don't get me wrong, it was still worth it because they were so cute. You could also hear them just hanging out in the crevices under the bridge from the point we got there a few hours earlier. The shrill chirping just intensified as a few here and there would fly out in search of insects to bring back to their nests.

Unfortunately for us it was fourth of July and that meant lots of crowds. Once we were satisfied seeing the bats we did see (and Missy got hit by a flying on) and the sun had disappeared it was time to leave. This would begin yet another long drive through the night to get us that much fuehrer to our destination. This is when the adrenaline began to flow as we would see the last of Texas for this time.

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Miles Traveled: 408 miles
Gas consumed: 1 1/2 tanks of gas
Time traveled: 8 hours

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