If Batman ever hangs out in Austin, it is probably somewhere near the Congress Bridge. As evening falls, about 1.5 million bats fly out from under the bridge and head off to hunt mosquitoes. I’m told that each bat captures about 600 mosquitoes and hour, which surely indicates that they are busy hunters!
If you’re in Austin, it’s definitely worth stopping by the bridge to watch. And for the vast majority of you who are NOT in Austin, this video may be the best I can do for you right now.
It is usually unwise to cross the path of a train at the same time as a train is crossing. In certain cases, however, such an action is not too terribly unsafe.
Ponder this lengthy arrangements of fuzzy caterpillars crossing a hilltop path. Lined up head to tail, each caterpillar is a car hitched on to a long train. Each car is part cargo and part engine. This train displays remarkable capabilities to split, re-connect, divide into multiple paths and rejoin into one.
Bonus points go to anyone who can count the total number of caterpillars on this train.
This brief tutorial is based on my recent wanderings around the hills of Northern Italy. It was dusk as I began my several hour walk and about half-way to my destination a cloud rolled in, covering the path and helping me to get lost for an extra hour. Luckily, I had a nice chilled bottle of white wine to refresh my body and spirits.
While wandering these paths, I realize that I could do with a nice wine pouch or sling, so that I did not need to keep putting the bottle in and out of my backpack. Finding a nice strong length of string (about three feet long), I worked out a way to create a simple wine sling to serve me for the day. The following five steps are a quick “How To.”
(1)Have a bottle of wine / be on a mountain path
(2) Take a length of string, approximately three feet long. Near the middle of the string, tie two slip knots into the string about 3 centimeters apart from each other. Ensure that you tie the knots so that each one can be tightened by pulling on the string end leading away from it — this is important because it means that tension in the string makes it grip the bottle more tightly.
(3) Tie a square knot to link the two free ends of the string together.
(4) Loop each slip knot over the top of the bottle (below the upper lip) and tighten.
(5) Sling the string over your shoulder or neck and get hiking. Stop for a gulp as needed.