The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 20th, 2008, 6-8pm. We'll have the large, double decker boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event is organized by Mike.
The boat we'll be taking is the Capital Cruise's M.V. Pride and Joy. This boat has the upper deck for great bat viewing. It has a bathroom and tables for our use. We can bring food and drinks to share, but not in any glass containers. Plan on bringing some food and drink. The event should be a relaxing cruise on the lake. For those who are interested, check out the scrapbook entry from the 2007 event.
In order to get the large boat, we're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $20 per person. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA", or via PayPal on our donations page. Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Give your payment to an ACA board member at any meeting or ACA event. If the event is canceled, we'll return your money.
On the day of the event, meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises' dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That's between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site.
We recommend parking at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, just East of Congress Ave. on the South side of the river. Parking there is free for bat watchers. Construction should be over by the event date. Alternatively, you can find a metered parking spot on Congress Ave. either South or North of the bridge. Coins shouldn't be necessary at that time of day, but it's a further walk.
For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.
The bats emerge at dusk