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Bat Cave Report
2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012

I was watching television the other night with a friend. The ten o’clock news came on and after about ten minutes, I felt totally disheartened. Killings, robberies, drought, flooding, heat and devastation were thrown at me faster than a baseball at a major league game being thrown across home base. I don’t normally watch much TV but I do keep up with the news on the internet. It amazed me how different it is to hear something than to see and hear it. It gave me something to contemplate for several days. I wouldn’t have bothered you readers with this fact except that at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve I have had numerous visitors make a statement that reminded me of what I had learned. No, it is not bad news that I am referring to. Many people have commented that a friend or relative had told them about the bat cave but they had not been told the half of it. How do you describe the awesomeness of this event? What words do you have to join together to express exactly what happens when the nose, eyes, and ears join forces to take in one perfectly synchronized display at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve? No one alive can spell it out in any language and come even close to what is seen, heard and smelled as the bats leave for their evening meal. When sitting in an audience on Broadway in New York City watching Phantom of The Opera being performed, I noticed some attendants seating some latecomers and thought what a perfect job they had. They could watch this time after time and listen to the breathtaking songs that burst forth in story form. I was feeling a jealousy that I did not know lived deep inside of me. I thought of that feeling of emotion the other night when someone that visited the bat cave and viewed the emergence told me, “Wow, you have the greatest job in the world!” I have finally been able to put that ugly, green feeling back in its little box inside me. I no longer need it to limp around me day after day. No, with a renewed sense of worth, I smiled, stood taller, and answered, “Yes, yes I do!”

You don’t need to watch the news or go to New York to get the sense of what this world has to offer. The perfect harmony that explodes in front of you as the bats emerge for the evening says it all! Don’t tell anyone about it....bring them on out to experience it for themselves. It will be something that they will always smile warmly about as they recap the viewing in tiny detail to others for years to come. Call 325-347-5970 for other needed information for your visit. See ya at the cave!!

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