I am not a world traveler by any means but I have been to some cool places. I visited the alien museum in Roswell, New Mexico and saw a "dead alien". I visited Bottomless State Park in Texas and tried to see the bottom of the lake (I couldn't). I've been to the Muir woods and stood inside of a tree to have my picture taken.
When Mr. Wonderful and I traveled to get married, we passed through a town with an amazing name; Bucksnort. How about that?!? I wonder who got the great idea to name a town Bucksnort? We were on a mission to get to our destination so we could get hitched, so we didn't stop but it was definitely in our plans to stop on the way back. I waited in great anticipation to visit a town with such a memorable name.
We had a wonderful trip and the wedding was awesome; everything went off without a hitch. When it was time to head home, I kept my eyes peeled for the road signs announcing the exit to Bucksnort. We found it and got off the highway but all we saw was a gas station/mini mart and a pinball gallery. We went into the mini mart because I wanted a souvenir. It was a tiny place and there weren't any customers inside so I quizzed the cashier about the location of the town and it's name. As it turned out, the gas station/mini mart WAS the town headquarters/town hall/epicenter. The origin of the name was a mystery but apparently it had garnered enough attention, they decided souvenirs were in order. They had t-shirts and water bottles and cheesy tchotchkes just like a Stuckey's would have only the name on the items was totally awesome. I got an awesome water bottle but I don't want to use it too much because I don't want the name to rub off.
Bucksnort is even mentioned in Wikipedia! Here's what it says about notable residents:
Wrestlers Bunkhouse Buck and "Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony (aka T.L. Hopper) call Bucksnort home, and professional wrestler "Dirty" Dutch Mantel often was billed as being from the town.
I hope to visit Bucksnort again some day. The next time I'm there, I'm going to get a t-shirt. In the mean time, I guess I'll have to be pleased with visiting places like Krum, Venus, Kemp, Styx, Mabank, Lively, Little Egypt, Jiba and others. Keep in mind, the next time you travel and see a goofy named town, stop and get yourself a souvenir. You'll be glad you did and will probably get a chuckle out of it to boot. And be sure to take pictures! There are people out there who just might not believe you when you tell them where you've been.