picture_044 A kayak at sunset on Town Lake in Austin, TX, September 2006
picture_044 A kayak at sunset on Town Lake in Austin, TX, with Austin downtown in the background
On September 23rd, 2006, the members of the Atheist Community of Austin went on a cruise on Town Lake, and watched the bats emerge at dusk from the Congress Avenue bridge. Austin area has several big bat colonies, and the biggest of them lives under the Congress Avenue bridge. The ACA has a long annual tradition of renting a cruise boat and going on a 2-hour sunset cruise along the Town Lake (which is not a lake but a river). The cruise ends at sundown, and the ship parks in front of the Congress Avenue Bridge so people could watch millions of bats fly out from under the bridge as they forage for food. The cruise is always at the end of September.
Austin, Texas, 2006