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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 • Posted August 20, 2008

It’s a bird... it’s a plane... it’s a.... oh wait... it IS a plane! Yes, flying with the bats for the last two weeks has been an eight foot glider that was invented by one of the six gentlemen filming at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve.

Filming for the BBC and the Discovery series, these gentlemen have stretched themselves thin trying to get footage that people have never before seen. Filming this required 10-12 hour days. Originally scheduled as a six day shoot, this was extended to two weeks after seeing the terrific results of the first few days.

It has not all been perfection though. During the last two weeks, we have had a vehicle break down, a vehicle get stuck in the mud, and a vehicle have two tires ruined. This didn’t happen to the film crew however, but none-the-less, they were involved in trying to unstick the stuck truck which happened to be the one I was driving!!! Despite rocks, limbs, twigs, dried grass and sheer determination, we could not get it out...Then, like Superman...no, like BATMAN, Brian, foreman for the Star S Ranch came to the rescue! With 4-wheel drive, a long, heavy chain and a grimace embedded in his forehead, he pulled the bat mobile to freedom! Even though this uncaped crusader will probably never get his own multi-million dollar movie, he had the admiration and appreciation of everyone on the hill that day! Thanks again, Brian, for such a great act of kindness!

Also a super hero in his own right was our own Sir William Beaty! This gentleman came to the rescue not once, but twice during the last week. Not only did he hurry through a meal with his mother-in-law and his wife, but he took the second call for help on his cell phone despite being at the BATMAN movie! Now that is a real hero!

So much excitement...so little space to include it all. If you want details for the last two weeks, come on out to the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and I will fill you in. The bats are coming out now at about 7:34 p.m., and with it getting dark around 8:30 p.m., some may reason that it is not worth driving out for just an hour. Trust me, it is like reasoning that since a tornado only stays on the ground for a scant amount of time that it is unnecessary to go to shelter....evidence has proven otherwise on both accounts.

By the way, one of the gentlemen who had to be towed into town with ruined tires was none other than a photographer for the Texas Highways magazine. A story in the spring will feature our Eckert James River Bat Cave along with several other bat caves in Texas. He had the most wonderful things to say about the residents of Mason, Texas!! On his behalf, I would like to say thank you to all for the kindness shown to this unfortunate traveler.

The year thus far has given new credence to the word “AWESOME”! Never has so much happened in so little time. The year is winding down for us at the bat cave, so don’t put off coming out. You will be rewarded with scenes that most people only hope to see in their lifetimes. Predators and prey both fight for life as you silently cheer one or the other on. It is truly a drama that deepens ones appreciation for the complexity of survival.

As the lights fade into the night, the cameras shut down filming, and the action flies off in the darkening sky, smiles are borne on faces who have observed and a glow brightens their hearts because they know that tomorrow is another day....and another day begets other scenes just as superb!!

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