Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Beaver



I spent last weekend in Salt Lake City. The eight hour drive took me through Beaver, Utah, a town that welcomes you with a large billboard that reads, "Beaver, Mountains of Fun". This was great but even more exciting to me was what was written below, "Best Tasting Water in the U.S." Could it be?

The mountainous fun claims were enticing but I didn't exactly encounter anything particularly fun on my drive-through, call me a skeptic, I know. But as for the water, supposedly it is true and Beaver residents are taking this honor quite seriously. I Googled "Beaver, Utah water" and apparently Beaver, eternally proud of their blessed water supply, entered the National Rural Water Nationwide Taste Test (yes, there is such a thing) in Washington D.C. and took top honors. This is real. This happened and will probably continue to happen forever. Our great nation, the land of the free and home of the brave is so free and so brave and quite obviously so bored that it established said National Rural Water Nationwide Taste Test.

Anyhow, the almighty Google led me to a great article from the Salt Lake Tribune. It's so great that I will include the link but for those of you who still need a little convincing, here's a quick snippet:

"Patricia Baker, who grew up in Beaver, heard about the news of Beaver's water win on television.

'I was shocked,' she said. 'My husband was in Salt Lake City and I called him and said, "'Guess what we have in Beaver? The best water.'"

Baker, who lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., for three years before returning to reside in Beaver, knows what water in other areas tastes like.
'I think the water [in Beaver] is good,' she said. '...It's just clear water that you don't feel like you're getting chemicals. And it's cold.'"

We thank you Patty Baker. For your insights and your wisdom and your knowledge of what water in those dreaded "other areas" tastes like. As for you Pittsburgh, you should be ashamed.

In short, today I'm kicking myself for not stopping in Beaver. Does anyone have a Beaver connection that could send me sample (a la National Rural Water Nationwide Taste Test) OR do you think I could maybe buy a bottle of Beaver water online?

12 comments:

Andrea said...

Matt~my mission trainer is from Beaver! She never mentioned this vital information. She definitely discriminated against Venezuelan agua (maybe because we were ordered to STAY AWAY from tap water, even told to "close your mouth in the shower").

Maresa said...

excuse me...dont your remember laraine?

Nathan said...

matt, please find the movie "the beaver trilogy" and watch it. genius.

sarah said...

hahaha, that is so funny. But i have one request. If you manage to find a bottle, could you get two, and send one for me? because I live in a place where it could win the worst tasting water....at least in Canada.....

Anonymous said...

Send me Your address and I'll send You some BEAVER water!

Matt said...

who is this so generously offering beaver water? un-anonymize yourself, i beg.

Matt said...

and if you are real my address is
29 S Paseo Del Flag
Flagstaff AZ, 86001

please be real.

sarah said...

And make sure you send me some, too! just send it to matt!!!!

Andrea said...

matt-let us know how it tastes!

sarah said...

I thought I'd add just one more comment to make it an even ten.
Anonymous, I hope you unmasked yourself!

briana dale said...

you LOVE buying online.

Taylor said...

The fact that you run the risk of danger by handing out your addressal code to anonymous commenters (not only makes my day, but) really speaks to how amazing beaver water must be!