My god, the bats!
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The highlight of the whole trip was probably Austin's bat colony. For a few months out of every year, a colony of about 2 million bats take flight nightly along the city's main waterfront. There's a sign pointing the way for the tens (hundreds?) of people who gather daily at dusk to watch this amazing event. Years ago, the city renovated one of its main bridges, creating long, deep grooves underneath the roadway for some engineering reason that I don't recall.
Soon thereafter, a migrating bat colony discovered the grooves and decided they were a perfect nesting spot, so a couple million of them hang out there for a few months each year. Each evening at sunset, they all fly out from under the bridge to eat thousands of tons of bugs. It's a stunning sight--they take flight in thick columns all along the bridge, in intense, chirpy, neverending streams.
As they swooped into the woods, they got incredibly close to us, some dropping as near as a foot from our faces before their sonar warned them to dart over us.... I ended up getting a bit poop/pee as a bats swooped over me. One even brushed my arm, I guess it's sonar picked up that I was sweet meat. ;0)
Before we left, we stopped by the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown off of Congress Ave, which at the time had an exhibit on Mexican clothing. I had no idea that so many separate ethnic groups call Mexico home...and I'm an anthropologist!
Goodness, I could just go on and about Austin. The huevos rancheros are fabulous at El Sol y la Luna in SoCo. Don't go to Mexican resturant run by white people or you will be sorely disappointed by what they call Mexican food. Definitely visit a museum or two. And for dessert, Amy's ice cream is the BEST! You'll find funky little Amy's ice cream shops all over Austin, including the airport.
Keep Austin weird!