Sunday, October 08, 2006

bats by billions

Well not really billions but somewhere near 1.5 million...




Tonight the girls and I (Greg was working) followed the Clouses to Austin to watch the bats come out from the Congress Street bridge at dusk. There are about 1.5 million bats that fly out every night from Mid May until mid October. They fly east about twenty miles and feed on mosquitos and other insects before making there way back to their cave (the bridge in downtown Austin) to stay during the daytime.

They are hard to see in the picture but they really are there




We have heard many people talk about doing this but had yet ventured out to see this. Since we probably will be living farther away from Austin than we do now (about 1 1/2 hours) next year we decided to go for it even though it meant not having Greg along for the trip.


It was amazing to see them and how many there were. We just all wished they would have come out about 10 minutes sooner because it was almost too dark to get the full effect. It was fun to see the girls run around amazed at the creatures and having fun with their buddies.

6 comments:

Jill said...

Well that's not something you see everyday. What a funky and memorable activity, kind of cool really.

Angela said...

You are brave. I do not like flying rodents...especially with the problems at our house right now!

What a fun October-Halloween outing!

Nana said...

I know you must have had fun. I remember watching the bats with Greg and the girls at Carlsbad Caverns. Nasty little creatures, but certainly make for a GREAT October outing. Glad you had fun. Especially glad you took that picture of you and the girls. It is darling and going up in my office today. Have a great day.

Jenny said...

I'm glad you decided to come despite Greg not coming with you. My favorite highlight was none other than eating a delicious yummy taco bell burrito! hee hee. I could help but noticing Weston sprinting behind you in your picture. That kid is unstoppable!!

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michelle said...

That sounds kind of horrifying to me. I am really not okay with bats. Glad you had fun though!