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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 16, 2009

Click… the power button on my computer has initialized a beginning to a vast knowledge of subjects that I can use to manage my day. Click.. Click…. I am now zeroing in on the Internet which displays countless ways in which to direct my thoughts. Click… I am now in my FAVORITES, a composite list of things I regularly use that is only that one click away. One more Click and the weather map for Mason, Texas is prominently unfolded on the screen right in front of me.

Red, yellow, and deep green appear like a colorful child’s drawing. Far more than a child’s drawing, this coloration represents ongoing life. Each color lets the observer know that it is RAINING in Mason, Texas at that very moment. Green on the radar shows that it is raining in a lazy, satisfying, soft manner, while red and yellow proves it is raining in a bold, explosive, heavy way. Rain, a word heard so often in the past months, but rarely seen. Green, red or yellow, we embrace it with deepest appreciation!!

I stand beside my daughter on the front porch and soak in every splash that hits the ground. Drops turn into a tiny stream that inches its way across the yard and down the slope that leads to the creek bed. That stream quickly becomes a mighty lake to all of those creatures that live in the world below our eyes. Crickets, worms, spiders of all varieties and dozens of such that I have never before seen become mariners on our front lawn. These insects scamper about trying to transform a twig or a leaf into a pontoon or a sailboat. What a curious observation! A smile is set on the face that watches beside me. Tiny droplets of water cause such happiness!!

Happiness for many, but a woe to those who have made plans to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to watch another scene that has captivated the hearts of all those who have ever set their eyes on the emergence of these tiny mammals.

Yes, the results of the color on the radar for Mason, Texas forced us to close the admission to the cave this past weekend. I was sad for those who had their heart set on seeing one of the greatest wonders in the modern world, but the smile stayed on my face as the drip, drip, drip continued on…

For current emergence time or the possibility of another closing of The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, please call 325-347-5970. Enjoy the results of the RAIN!!….

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