On Thursday night at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve we had two visitors; on Friday night, 4; on Saturday night, 42; and on Sunday night, 0 visitors. This tells me several things: (1). If you are planning on visiting between now and October it appears that Thursday and Sundays would probably be the lightest visitation and you would almost certainly get a seat; (2). Someone must have passed the word that Heather Diehl and her husband of 17 wonderful years, Juancho, were going to be visiting the cave on Saturday evening to celebrate their anniversary.
The memories that were shared that night, not only by Heather and Juancho, but also by the other 40 visitors that evening will be held dear for lifetimes! Blinkey Bunny met us at the beginning of the trail. She too wanted to be included in the memory of the evening. Hawks flew in close enough to the emerging bats that they could insure that they too would form their own special part of the ongoing memory. But, as wonderful as all of this was, the main performance of The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve bats was what overshadowed any and all other would-be headline snatchers. They gave a performance that stunned and excited every viewer present. This truly was "DANCING WITH THE STARS" in a whole new perspective!
Heather works for The Nature Conservancy of Texas out of the San Antonio office. She and Juancho (see attached photo) have been regular visitors to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve over the years and as they were leaving they let us know that they WOULD be back. Heather and Juancho, we at The Nature Conservancy extend our congratulations and excitement for you in your celebration! I also know that the town of Mason considers it a privilege to have you visit us to celebrate such an important day in your lives. I know that all of the creatures large and small at the greatest, little eight acres on the planet would allow me to speak for them in saying, "Hurry back, and thank you for sharing your happiness with us on this special evening!"
Married or single, come and join us at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve for a few hours of
"REALITY" at its best! Call 325-347-5970 for information. See ya at the cave!!