Bats here, bats there, bats ‘purt’ near everywhere! (see attached photo). From the parking area the waterfall sound gave rise to a quick trip up the 1500 foot trail to the seating area. Were we visiting Niagara Falls? No, this sound was coming from the sky at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on Saturday, July 24th. Remember that I inadvertently put the wrong date for the early morning return of the bats a couple of weeks ago? I opened on our third weekend of the month as usual, but for those wonderful readers who either get the Mason County News or read it online, I certainly was not going to disappoint any of them, so we also opened for the early morning return on the 24th.
I can honestly tell you that I don’t remember but one or two of the returns being so powerfully exciting in the last eight years. The rushing sound that was made as they dived from altitudes of up to 10,000 feet sent chill bumps up a person’s spine. Watching the dynamics of the "dive" from the sky above to a small opening in the side of a hill in the far reaches of the wilderness in Mason County gave rise to the exclamation, "AWESOME"! Jaws dropped, eyes bulged, words were left unspoken as the bats were given every focus of attention as they were performing this aerial act. No one could say the bats were not heart stopping in their daily routine of reentering the cave after a night out protecting the area by capturing and eating their body weight in bugs.
I am not EVEN about to tell you how much I weigh, but for anyone that has seen me, there is no point in not confessing...it is pretty obvious. If I were a bat, I would have to eat more than (ok, quite a few more than) 800 quarter pounders from McDonald’s every single night to keep pace with these little gals. The difference between myself and these flying females is that they keep their girly figures. I, well, that goes without saying...!
So folks, if you harbor any desire to see the world’s most AWESOME event in recorded history, you must come visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and witness this one-of-a-kind performance. The next event scheduled is (now let me get this right...) is August 21, 2010. We will also have one in September...and then you will just have to wait until next season. Mark in on your calendar and call 325-347-5970 for details. See ya at the cave!!