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I’m Homesick for those Texas Bats

If you’ve known me for more than five minutes, you know that I’m a huge fan of bats. As an outdoor writer, I’ve written about bats (wild mammals, not the baseball variety) off and on for nearly 20 years, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the field, trudging along behind wildlife biologists, photographing their conservation programs.

Bats in flightIt’s true that I was usually grumbling while I was crawling around in caves with 25 pounds of camera gear on my back. But it’s also true that I made lots of lasting friendships and memories in the process, and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

Over the past few days, I’ve written two posts for Camper Clinic II in Buda (the wonderful people who sold me my Airstream) about chilling out in Texas’s show caves and checking out some great bat-watching spots. These are posted on the AmericanRVLife blog, and they really made me homesick for those amazing Texas bats.

Inner Space Cavern

If you live in Central Texas, please tell me you’ve been to Inner Space Cavern! They’re just north of Austin, and there’s a cool, underground adventure waiting just minutes from your doorstep. (Photo courtesy Inner Space Cavern)

If you’re looking for a place to escape the summer heat, make a trip to any of Central Texas’s show caves. And, if you want to experience Mexican free-tailed bats emerging, en masse, August is prime time for bat watching.

I never get tired of the bats! I’m already thinking about how many nights I can watch bats on my next trip through Central Texas in August. If you have questions about bats or if you’ve been out to the caves or bat-watching tours, feel free to share!

~G. Elaine Acker


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