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Bat Cruise on Town Lake, September 20, 2008
We had our third cruise event on Town Lake, September 20, 2008.
Capital Cruises was our host for the event. This year, we floated west under
the series of bridges going toward Mopac. There were a lot of people out
enjoying Town Lake such as rowers and swimmers. Near sunset, the boat was
positioned just East of the Congress Avenue Bridge for bat viewing with a
dusky backdrop. The bats were spectacular
as always and we got to get up-close-and-personal with the emerging bats
when we passed under the Congress Avenue Bridge for the final stop.
We had the double-decker boat this year, which gave the 40 or so people who
attended lots of room to move around, eat, and socialize. We had quite a number of
out-of-town people come, which was a nice change of pace. One couple came
from as far away as Canada. Dallas and Houston were also represented.
Some of the attendees brought their kids, which made for
a real family event. An impromptu group went to dinner and Esters Follies
after the cruise to cap off a nice evening.
Many thanks to everyone who came out, everyone who took photos, everyone who
brought food and/or drinks, and thanks also to Mike for organizing the
event this year.
We hope to see you on the boat next year! There's talk of making the event
even friendlier for out-of-towners.
(For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International
and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.)
Thanks to Frank Paschal and Mike for their photo contributions.
Photos from the event
Setting up for shared snacks.
Crossing under the pedestrian bridge.
Russell and Benjamin.
Matt looking incredulous.
The upper deck, getting closer to sunset.
The bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.