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Family night at Bat Bridge in Houston

Last week we decided to go visit the Bat Bridge at Buffalo Bayou Downtown Houston.  We went there hoping to see a good amount of bats flying around. We really did not know what to expect. We arrived to the bridge bat conservation lookout area about 20 minutes before sundown. As we walked towards the bridge you smell a very strong odor and then as you are right next to the bridge you hear them. Our dog Crystal was a little spooked. We decided to walk under the bridge to get the full experience. These bats do not live under the bridge; they actually live inside the bridge. They enter through the suspensions. While under the bridge Zach was lucky enough to get piddled on. We waited about 30 minutes when a few people that were watching started saying things like “I don’t think they are coming out tonight.” Then a few came out and sadly were snatched by hawks. I guess all the animals were out for dinner tonight. Then about 100 came out. We were getting kinda excited thinking this was it. Then OMGoodness it became like Gotham City. Hundreds of thousands of bats were flying quickly out of the bridge and headed somewhere all in the same direction. The bats continued to flood out of the bridge for a good 10 minutes at full force and then continued in a more dispersed amount. I had hoped to catch a photo of a bat up-close but they were swarming out of there way too quickly. Not to mention I have no skills in photographing moving animals, just toddlers. It was a fun family outing and to top it off we had just enough time to catch dinner at our favorite place. Come on, try and guess…. COSTCO!
Yup, we love Costco! We each ordered our favorite  pizza slice and a three scoop cone of gelato, all for $3.50 a person!

Yes, Zachary actually brought his Batman costume. Earlier in the day during school he said, “Mom I know the perfect thing to wear tonight.” He was so proud that he was the only one dressed as Batman and he loved all the attention he was getting from the bat watchers. He is so sweet and innocent. At 8 years old I know that this season will not last much longer. I love that he still likes to dress up!

 

This photo below is what truly was so amazing to me. The bats quickly flew out from the bridge and off towards and past this big building. In real life it really looked like something from a Batman Gotham style movie. It was pretty amazing.

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