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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 • Posted July 25, 2012

Most people realize that things happen that are remembered for a lifetime. On the same date the following year, the memory is still there and many take the time to remember these. Some of these things are sad, some are happy, and some...well, breathtaking would aptly describe others! I have had family members die and every year on that particular date I still feel a deep pain in my gut. Sometimes I have to stop and think why I am feeling the way I do and then I conclude that it is tied to the date or anniversary of a loved one’s death. Merrian-Webster’s online dictionary says that the word anniversary means the ANNUAL recurrence of a date marking a notable event. So, it could also be the date you received your driver’s license, got your first cat, ate your first Mason County watermelon, swam the English Channel, bought your first car, rode your first bull at the rodeo, or even the date you were married.

Speaking of marriage anniversaries...Nick and Louise came out again this year and celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary after having met while doing research at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Scott and Jessica Yelderman drove all of the way from Laredo, Texas to celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary watching the bats .

The big winner of the wedding celebrants is a couple from Snook, Texas, Ron and Judy Martens. They had 50 years of married life together and are looking forward to fifty more!! Congratulations to all for making The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve part of your special day!!

Speaking of a special day, I had the mom and uncle of a young lad, Duncan Jones from Brady, Texas show up on Saturday night about 6 p.m. The bats were not emerging until after 8:30, so the wait was going to be quite long. Duncan didn’t just sit and twiddle his, he helped me trim bushes in the mouth of the cave and what a great job this eight year old did. I don’t want him to wait a year for the anniversary of this wonderful time to come back to the cave for a visit (and maybe lots more work), no, he is welcome back anytime...the sooner the better!! Thanks for all of your hard work!!

Speaking of anniversary, why not join the craze that is happening at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Bring your spouse on out and make it a memory of a lifetime. Don’t have a spouse?..then hug your cat while eating watermelon. As you spit out the seeds, jump on the back of that old bull and ride it all the way to the English Channel and dive in with all the vim and vigor that you can muster up. When you reach the opposite shore, then get in your car and like you mean it!...there, that ought to give you some indication of what visiting The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve will make you feel like!! See ya at the cave!!

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