Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area The Old Tunnel WMA (10619 Old San Antonio Rd., Fredericksburg) has a variety of recreational and wildlife-viewing opportunities. The abandoned railroad tunnel is home to up to three million Brazilian free-tailed bats and 3,000 Cave myotis (another kind of bat). From May to October, visitors come to watch the bats emerge from the tunnel each night, and nightly educational programs are available. When visiting Old Tunnel, we recommend bringing a pair of binoculars to get the best view of the bat emergence. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, bird watching, and general wildlife-viewing.  (Be aware sometimes Red-tailed hawks will feast on the bats so prepare your tender kids.) Check out other particulars/viewing options on www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/old-tunnel
Alamo Springs Cafe and the Bat Cave (see below) If you’re hankerin’ for some red meat, how about making your way to this down-home, indoor and outdoor-seating eatery named in 2008 as the third best burger in Texas...Owners Cindy and Mike Tangman are Hand’s-On making sure your food is some of the best to be had.  Watch for another one of his Concert/Free Food for Wounded Warriors he puts on every year. (I’ll advertize it in the Upcoming Events page, so no worries). Park your bikes (or metal box) at the Bat Caves (below)  Look here for their menu: http://www.alamospringscafe.com/menu.pdf  or on Facebook. Get you some onion rings and I’ll have the spinach salad (sigh). Don’t let the fancy writin’ on their ad fool ya: this isn’t some yuppy eatery with big plush seats and WiFi. I’m thinkin’ Duck Dynasty here, not Penny    and the Cheesecake Factory.
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The Haven River Inn, a Bed & Breakfast, Comfort, TX A lumber tycoon built this hidden jewel in 1911. It is decorated with period furnishings and has 14 bedrooms on 3 floors, and an extra cottage and pool. Its great assets are the 23 secluded acres along a stretch of the Guadalupe River, and its proximity to San Antonio (about 45 minutes up I-10). Popular by word of mouth, it’s available for individuals, groups, families, staff retreats, reunions, weddings, etc. Personally I am hoping to see organizations that serve wounded warriors use it for retreats and take advantage of the acreage and river for adapted (and regular) sports programs. See www.havenriverinn.com They’ve just finished building three new handicapped- accessible cabins, each with a roll-in shower! N
San Marcos’ Olympic Outdoor Center is The place to go for a variety of whitewater and flatwater paddling programs geared toward providing irresistible fun for everyone! No matter your age or abilities you will enjoy the personal attention from their skilled instructors, led by Olympian kayaker Ben Kvanli.  They’re committed to  providing you with the best paddling programs available. In case their logo looks familiar, Ben and gang also teach wounded and injured warriors at the Center for the Intrepid at Ft. Sam. He and his crew have a passion for the sport (duh, Olympian) and for teaching it to others. Check them out at www.kayakinstruction.org As Ben cleverly says, “We are here for you to paddle!”
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Dick's Classic Garage, at 120 Stagecoach Rd in San Marcos, is a part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. They’re a 501(c)3, non-profit organization whose goal is to educate and entertain their guests. I plan to visit because (as of today) Trip Advisor says it’s the number one attraction in San Marcos. Ya gotta admire a great work of art that also functions and immediately ups your “class” factor. Pick up some fuzzy dice at the Gift Shop. Put on a bib to catch the drool and visit. http://www.dicksclassicgarage.com
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Enchanted Rock National Park You can’t spend much time in the Hill Country and call yourselves “outdoorsy” if you miss this massive bohemoth of granite rock-dom. From the site: “Visitors can enjoy primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, technical rock climbing, picnicking, geological study, bird watching, and star gazing (minimal light pollution).” I would add a little spelunking, too, but of course that depends on how skinny you are, not to mention claustrophobic or dark-o-phobic. See the website for opening hours, costs, helps for fun and rules for not-fun, etc. Note the picture makes it look cool and fuzzy. It can be blazing hot; bring water, a cap, and your pacemaker. Or handy pocket EMS tech.  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/enchanted-rock For spelunking advice see this site or google Enchanted Rock spelunking. http://h1ker.com/enchanted-rock-cave/
Picture of the little furry bug eaters courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.
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Picture of the big rock that prompts ambulance rescues courtesy the Texas Parks & Wildlife site
I plan to add more day trips so if you wake up some morning, and like the vultures in Disney’s Jungle Book movie, ask each other, in the accents of the Beatles’, “What d’ya wanna do?” “I don’t know, wuh d’ya wanna do?” back and forth, and call your friends and they ask the same Beatle- accented vulture question.... maybe one of you will think to look here and make a plan, and do something new and different but of course safe, instead of hanging around in the trees waiting to scavenge something, and getting parasites and salmonella, all because you didn’t check here first.
“Note: During peak seasons (September through May), the park may reach parking capacity, requiring the park to temporarily close on weekends (sometimes as early as 11 a.m.).” So if you want to go on a weekend, get up early and head on out.
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