Our family loves the ocean. The sunrises that fill the entire Texas sky with color that bursts forth with more drama than the most famous of paintings is something that we always look forward to. As we stand on the edge of the beach with our toes in the salty water, our imagination goes crazy.
That imagination went crazy again this week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. It started with driving up to the gate at 5:58 p.m. with a group waiting for me to open. After visiting while we headed up the trail to the seating area, I found out that this family group has waited for over two hours so that they wouldn’t miss a second of the “show”. I was beyond impressed! What fortitude… what patience! As I came to know this family better I found that “family” was what made the world go around for them. This was an extension of their family time and they wanted to feel, smell, hear, and remember every single moment so that they could share this memory for years to come.
They asked questions as we waited to see if anyone else was going to join us for the night. As I eagerly accepted the challenge of finding answers to their questions, I was stunned to see a tiny, yellow arm raised on the second row. Tristen was sitting with his “friend” and his “friend” had his arm up to ask a question. This friend, Spongebob Squarepants, from the “Sea” had traveled with this group to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and he was quite the show in himself. Through laughter, smiles and fun, we managed a group shot which of course displayed Mr. Spongebob front and center as part of this family. What a memory for us all!
For any of you who may not know this happy little creature from the Sea, he is a yellow sponge that is a TV and movie sensation for people of all ages. Jordan, my grandson, loves to watch Spongebob with us, but is highly entertained by his older friends that share this as a favorite pastime! I suppose no household with males occupying space can get by without being introduced to this cute little creature.
I have been looking forward to our family visit to the ocean, but this visit by the Mendez family with Spongebob in tow proved just as heartwarming and memorable as having my toes in the soft sand at the beach… well,….. almost!!
Grab your friends and family and a beach towel if you are so inclined and head on out to the greatest little eight acres on this planet, The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. I can’t guarantee you that Spongebob will put in an appearance, but you will see sights, hear sounds, and smell smells that will far surpass the greatest imagination! The current emergence time for the bats is 7:14 p.m. I will be at the gate at 6:00 p.m., so come when you want. Call the bat hotline at 325-347-5970 if you need any other information. See ya at the cave!!