Not too long ago when a storm was coming, I would say that The Eckert James River Bat Cave was closed because of bad weather. Thursday and Friday night I did not even think of “bad” weather, even though we did have to close. The thunder and lightning that signaled rain was on its way, brought a huge smile to my face. There were people that had to be told that we could not open for the night, but even those were smiling and looking skyward. No, it was not bad weather, it was wonderful weather. The huge drops that fell from the sky and hit my windshield proved that the dry, heat scorched land would have another chance at recovery. The sweet smell of rain made the trip back to town a very treasured experience. Passing the James and Llano rivers there was the most breathtaking aroma that permeated the air. Whatever flower or bush that the rain fell on was proving its thankfulness by filling the air with the most wonderful smell you could ever imagine. Life was perfect!Saturday and Sunday we were able to open. The bats were in astonishing form as they flew into the sky in front of us. They too seemed to smile in approval of the cooler evening. Creatures filled the area in front of the seats in search of a quick meal. Skunks, raccoons, roadrunners, snakes, hawks, owls, and falcons also appreciated dining in the lower temperature. I want to remind anyone that would care to join us in the early morning return of the bats, it will be this Saturday, August 20th. I will open the gate at about 6:15 a.m. Call for reservations if you are interested in being part of the fun. The bat hotline number is: 325-347-5970. Enjoy the cooler weather! See ya at the cave!!