Bastrop state park has been through a lot lately. Ray and I were first introduced to the Park shortly after the catastrophic fire for the purpose of studying the effects of fire on small mammal populations. Since then we have visited the park regularly. Just weeks ago, the park lost its lake when the dam gave way to flood waters. During our stay this time we experienced a mild tropical storm named Bill.
Tropical storm Bill didn’t flood us out but it did dump enough rain on us to limit filming and stalled our sampling of bat species in the park. Despite the hardships Bastrop endures, it remains one of our favorite spots to visit. We find ourselves now in the hill country where winding roads have led us back to Kickapoo State Park. Before we head off to film free-tailed bats and search for barking frogs, we enjoy the view from our campsite.