going to see the bats under Congress bridge
So I have had 2 days of intense training here in San Marcos
, last night's class didn't get out til 9:30pm! Lunch and dinner were included, so short break, and back to class. The location of the lunch and dinner was on the company premises, but it was not in some regular dining room, but in one of the 4 train cars they had! That was pretty neat. One dinner car, one work/warehouse car, 2 sleeper cars where they still entertain visitors and sleepovers. These were restored from scaped trains, quite amazing to have such "toys"!
Today was a normal day, after class, I went with a fellow classmate Bonnie to Austin
for dinner (we went to Zax's pints and plates on the recommendation of Vance
(thanks!) here on travbuddy, see seperate review) and because I wanted to see the famous bats of Austin under the Congress Avenue bridge.
Under the Congress bridge, approaching the river. Austin downtown skyline beyond.
The location was great, after a nice early dinner, we walked a block or so to the bridge, and saw a growing crowd gathered on the lawns of the park right under the bridge (on the south side). There were a lot of kids wearing different colored t-shirts but obviously on a field trip, sitting on the lawns waiting. And many tourists were congregating too. We waited excitedly for the bats to make an appearance. As the sky got dark, one or two bats would be visible, and getting everyone all perked up. However, we did not see big clouds of bats until it was almost dark. The bats started to fly from under the bridge, toward the trees along the river. As far as I could tell, they did not fly very high like in the photos in the park display. They would be flying at such high speeds it was impossible to see them individually. It was easier to see them against the lights of a building, or against the lights on the water, but against a dark sky, they were very hard to see.
It was not possible for me to estimate the numbers, but there were plenty of bats for sure! I had a camera with flash, and I took some photos. After downloading them onto the computer, I was surprised that I actually caught some bats! It was quite an experience, and I enjoyed it a lot.
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