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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • Posted July 7, 2010

I am writing this at 3:52 P.M. on Sunday, July 4th. I wanted everyone to feel the frustration that I am feeling right this second. Many feel it because they have been calling since Thursday asking, "Are you going to be open?" I just checked radar and it shows that we have a 50% chance of HEAVY RAIN for this afternoon and tonight. There is a huge mass of orange and yellow looming to the northwest. I have one hour and five minutes to decide whether to be open or closed to the public tonight at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve.

This is usually one of the biggest nights of the season. Persons from near and far choose to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on this particular weekend. Anyone that has ever planned a vacation knows that there are a few glitches in any plan. This is where we put into action a purpose.

The difference between a plan and a purpose is that a plan is decisive and precise trying to get to the end result. A purpose does the same thing but gives allowance for unforeseen circumstances along the way before reaching that end result.

A plan is setting a date to do something...pulling out the map...marking the route and destination...and hitting the road at such-and-such time to get to this particular destination to do a specific planned thing. This is all fine and wonderful unless you have made plans to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on the fourth of July weekend in the year 2010.

Now, a purpose is setting a date to do something....pulling out the map...marking the route and destination...and hitting the road at such-and-such time to get to this particular destination to do a specific planned thing. You realize what the plan is, but before you hit the road you check the weather forecast for Mason, Texas and you see that there is a 50% chance for heavy rain listed for the night that you planned to come. You then call the bat hotline at 325-347-5970 to see if the weather truly is as bad as it seems or maybe that it has already been closed for the night because of heavy rainfall upstream the night before which would create possible flash flooding on the river that has to be forged to get to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Here is where a purpose comes in handy. Yes, you had planned to see the spectacular event of the bats emerging for the night, but due to the chance of rain you adopt plan B. Plan B says that you still come to the wonderful town of Mason. You and your family shop till you drop....and then you treat them to a wonderful meal at one of the fantastic places to eat in town. You then drive them up to the top of the hill to see Fort Mason and view the town below. All of this time you are telling your family about the future trip to Mason to view the bats at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Right as you get into the car you glance to the southwest and see the sky light up from the dancing lightning right over The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and you know...yes, you just know that your purpose was a wise and safe one for this particular planned outing...

It is now 4:22 P.M. and I have thirty-eight minutes to decide whether or not to cancel a lot of people’s plans to see one of the greatest events in history at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Should the decision be made to close for the evening because of the weather, it is only with the purpose of protecting your family so that you may soon return to see the phenomenal happenings at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve!!!

P.S. It is now 10:01 P.M. on Sunday, July 04....we did open..we did have a great time...that was our PLAN and it was executed with PURPOSE...and we completed our goal of watching The Eckert James River Bat Cave bats leave in awesome numbers on their flight out into the night sky...!! The picture with this story is a sweet butterfly that was captured on Jana Ritter’s camera while waiting for the bats to show up. Next week we hope for a bat picture!! That’s our PLAN anyway!!

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