If you’ve ever wondered, “What can we do tonight that is awesome and free?” then look no further than Waugh Drive in the Montrose area of Houston. Not only is the artwork along Buffalo Bayou awesome but the trails are a great, healthy adventure that your entire family can enjoy. If you’re worried about getting lost or not being able to find the trails you’re worries ease as soon as you find parking. You’ll see groves of families and couple and individuals working out, running, walking or biking and the trails are well lit and there is plenty of signage. The hardest part is figuring out when to stop!
After about a 3.5 mile walk through Buffalo Bayou I came upon a group of people sitting on a hill. At first sight I knew they were all awaiting the release of the Bats. First, we found a perch along the walkway but then reconsidered because it seemed a bit too close to the bats for comfort. We made our way to the top of the bridge to get the overhead look.
I chatted up a couple of regulars about when to expect the release of the bats. A quick Google search validated that we were indeed in the right place. Traffic buzzed by as night began to fall over Houston and like clockworks at 8:00 the bats began flooding out from under the bridge. We weren’t the only onlookers, though.
Clearly, nature’s timing was also ticking in the mind of the wild hawk who leaped into action as the flood of bats began. Claws emerged and a hawk grabbed itself dinner courtesy of the nightly bat release.
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