If you’re from Texas, have visited Texas or love someone in Texas chances are you already know what this post is about from the roadside beaver title alone. If you’re not from Texas, have never been to Texas or don’t have anyone you’re particularly fond of in Texas then chances are you’re a little mystified by the idea of a beaver hanging out on the side of Texas freeways. There’s really no animal more random as a mascot or more giggle inducing than a beaver, which is probably exactly why Buc-ee’s convenience stores in Texas chose a buck toothed beaver as their mascot.
The roadside signs begin for Buc-ee’s miles before you get to the exit and they get punnier every three miles or so. One read “Epic Flush” while another read “You have to ‘P’ it to believe it.” You see, Buc-ee’s is apparently famous for their sparkling clean restrooms, they’ve even won some pretty major awards when it comes to tidy places to do numbers one and two. If I’ve learned to appreciate one thing when traveling with my husband and children, it’s to always appreciate a clean public restroom.
The beaver has taken on a life of its own, he’s on shirts, bottle openers, mugs, plush toys, and even his own bag of Beaver Nuggets (sweetened corn puffs, like really big and sweet Corn Pops.) The entire place is an experience in and of itself, locals love it (it’s always a must-do for the family I was traveling with) and visitors are intrigued by it. It’s just one of those places you have to stop at, even if you only have to pee. In case you never make it down to Texas, here’s a quick little tour of Texas beavermania.
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