For years I’ve wanted to check out the “bat” bridge in Austin. Although we’ve visited the Congress Avenue bridge before and read up on the estimated 1.5 million Mexican Free-tailed bats that call the bridge home for part of the year, we had yet to witness their evening descent into the city in search for food.

As we are in Austin attending a Strong Bonds Families Retreat and are right adjacent to the bridge we headed out to see the spectacle for ourselves.

The kiddos were so excited it made them impatient. I loved hearing their chitter chatter as they wondered exactly what they would see, and WHEN.

We arrived at just the right time as they began to stream out from under the bridge in droves promptly at 830 pm. It lasted for quite some time, since there are so many of them.

We had a good view from where we sat on the grass below the bridge. The bats flew directly over us to our delight.

Tomorrow night we plan on seeing the whole thing again but this time we’ll watch from the bridge. Then we can judge for ourselves whether the largest urban concentration of bats is better viewed from above or below ๐Ÿ™‚

There is parking nearby, for those interested, but I wasn’t able to figure out if it was free or not. Many people brought blankets to sit on, and a few even brought lawn chairs. Although I had brought bug spray with me it proved unnecessary, proving that those little mammals are quite good at eating the pesky little things.

On a side note, I am sorhankful to be attending this retreat. It’s based on the five love languages, for children. I am always willing to listen and learn, especially when it entails becoming a better wife and mother.