Austin, TX was our first stop. We wanted to see the capitol of Texas, eat ribs, see the bats on Congress Street, and check out 6th Street (the mini-Bourbon Street of Texas). We did most of those things. As we pulled into the city, the first restaurant we spotted was Stubbs. I have used Stubbs sauce for years and figured this was the joint. As it turned out, the ribs were okay, yet paled at the ribs we had previously eaten in Memphis. As far as we are concerned, Memphis is the rib capital of the world. Our next stop was the nightly bat flight on the Congress Street bridge. Each night between April and October, 1.5 million Mexican Freetail bats come to roost under the bridge. They come up from Mexico during the hot period. Austin provides them with a good home under the bridge, water, and plenty of bugs to eat. Each night the bats emerge from the spaces between the bridge structure and venture out to consume 30,000 pounds of insects. People gather on the bridge to watch the massive exodus. The trick is not to be under their pathway and be bombarded with a load of bat shit. We were in Austin on a Sunday night and there wasn’t much action on 6th St. We were pooped anyway so we checked it out the next morning as we left town.
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Congress St. bridge sign. More bats then you can shake a stick at.