Speaking of nuts, outside of Austin, Texas, off of an uneventful stretch of Highway 71, sits a U-turn worthy site for the squirrel worshiper in us all.
Standing at 14 feet tall, Ms. Pearl beckons passersby from the
highway to have their picture taken with her. If you are
wondering why she is clutching a pecan, it probably has
something to do with the nearby Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift
Company, a family-owned business that includes a gift shop, a
pecan orchard, and an adorable squirrel statue.
It was constructed in
2011 by Berdoll, Ms. Pearl received her name from a customer as
part of a contest. In 2015, the statue received a facelift. She
is available 24 hours a day and while the nearby gift shop has
regular business hours, there is a vending machine outside the
shop with fresh, full-sized pecan pies replenished daily for
late night snacking.