Over the Memorial Day weekend we decided to make a quick trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Home of The Pioneer Woman. For those of you who may not know, Ree Drummond has a show on the Food Network called The Pioneer Woman. The Mercantile is a really nice renovated old building in Downtown Pawhuska. Excellent dining and atmosphere. Much to our surprise, Ladd Drumond was outside greeting guests.
We went to the Mercantile and did some shopping but the line was so long we decided to wait a while to eat.
We went to the Lodge where the show is filmed. Its a very nice place that they renovated a few years ago as well. The view was beautiful.
They have several hundred head of wild horses on the Drummond Ranch. It has rained enough everything was nice and green.
Back at the Mercantile, we ate what we call LU-PPER. A cross between lunch and supper.
After getting stuffed, a little more shopping and Guess who we saw? The Pioneer Woman herself.
Afterwards, we took a little walk on the “Swinging Bridge” This was cool and Grandma went as far as anyone!
This is a white-Tailed Kite(at least from what I know). It is a member of the Hawk family. If you view the picture at full size, you can see its Eyes appear Red. It’s hard to take a picture of a bird at telephoto lengths on a swinging bridge.
Sunday I wanted to go to the Tall Grass Prairie. It is one of the largest protected Prairies in the US covering 39,000 acres according to the WIKI. It is really cool to see several hundred Bison roaming free.
We saw some up close and personal!
It was a very peaceful ride around the preserve.
There are several different species of birds there as well. These Western Meadowlarks are singing all over the place.
This Bob White Quail let us know he was there.
The Scissor Tail Flycatcher is the state bird of Oklahoma.
Once we left and headed home we actually took a Scenic Route! We drove about 30 miles or more on the dirt roads and ended up only 6 miles from Kansas.
Over all we had a really fun time. The best of rest are here
I’m not sure where our next adventure will lead us.