Our World – Road Trip with SuperPizzaBoy to Ride Horses, see some Bison, and Save a Turtle

Saturday Sweetie was going to spend some time with a friend so me and SuperPizzaBoy had the day to ourselves.


First stop was All-Star Therapy in Ramona, north of town. SPB rides there almost ever week. Here he is with “Seven” doing some rounds outside.


SPB worked under the direction of Lisa who should slap me silly for this pic. There was a daytime moon I was trying to get in the pic and didn’t even notice what Lisa was doing until later. You can just barely see the moon about right in the middle of the pic.


After All-Star SPB and I loaded up and went further north to the Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Praire Preserve north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I just love it up there for a number of reasons. You can really see a long ways. 39,000 acres of tallgrass praire. The largest remaining tallgrass praire on earth it is claimed.


You really are out in the middle of nowhere up there. You barely have cell phone coverage. An investor group wants to put a bunch of windmills up there to generate some so called “renewable” energy. They would sure ruin the view. But it would sure make investors rich! You are not one of them are you? What are you going to do with the money? I bet you are not going to build a home near any windmills.


We didn’t see any bison on our way into the preserve. We stopped and did the short loop nature trail. They have loops from 1/2 to 3 miles.


It was about as nice a day in July as you are ever going to get. It was in the low 80’s when we got there. See how lush and green the grass is. Usually everything is sun bleached, beat down, brown this time of year.


The wildflowers were pretty also.


SPB really liked the trail. He announced it was too short so we we walked a little on the longer trails.


On the way out the bison made an appearance. Here is a momma with two calves. 


And then these two guys came straggling past along with a bunch of others.


In another part of the preserve we saw some cattle. Cows are more sociable than buffalo. They always stop and look where bison just barely acknowledge your present. I love these three.


And there were some white cattle also. You can tell that I really know my cows. You see you have white ones, black ones, multi-color ones, and so on. Anything else you want to know?


Very pretty coloring.


On our way out I almost ran over this dude. He was right on the edge of the ruts taking a nap.

#turtle not appreciative at all for getting moved off the road

I moved him to the side of the road. Hopefully it was the side he was wanting to go to. He was about to be turtleburger if I had left where I found him.

And then, SPB headed to Bartlesville for some barbecue and then “Home James”  to the house. We were near the Pioneer Woman’s ranch but just were not in the mood to go say hello.

I love road trips. What did you do Saturday?

15 thoughts on “Our World – Road Trip with SuperPizzaBoy to Ride Horses, see some Bison, and Save a Turtle

  1. Jeanie

    Great pics of a day full of fun activity, with some turtle life-saving thrown in. I loved seeing the pictures of the bison….I’m glad they showed up for you.

  2. Sylvia K

    What a great day and terrific captures!! Thanks for sharing the fun — as always! You do start my day with smiles and giggles!! Thanks for helping the turtle!!

  3. Lois Evensen

    What a fun outing! Love all of the cows and bison. 🙂 And, it’s funny that our daughter stopped her car, got out, and moved a turtle to the side of the road just up the street from our house. She texted a picture of him and asked if I thought he might be someone’s pet. We haven’t seen turtles around here before. We’ve had so much rain that perhaps our area is more inviting to turtles now.

    Saturday? We had some friends here from “work” who are home on vacation, too, as we are. These guys all work in uniform and are pretty straight laced when at work, so it was fun to have a cook out and be able to relax with good friends. It was a terrific Saturday.

  4. EG CameraGirl

    I’m not sure what I think about windmills as a source of energy but for sure they should NOT be put on a preserve. What do these investors think “preserve” means? Sheesh! The tall grass prairie is very beautiful.

  5. eileeninmd

    The views of the prairie grass is pretty. And I always love the cute critters. I hope the turtle was safe. Great post, thanks for sharing your day. Have a happy week!

  6. Leedslass

    I’ve never heard of “tall grass” prairie before. For me, a prairie, is a prairie, is a prairie.
    I’m just an ignorant Brit who doesn’t know a prairie from a large field.
    Wish we had turtles though – not bothered about your bison but we can match you with cattle.
    Looks like a good time was had by all.
    I can’t remember what I did on Saturday – wait until you get to my age and you’ll probably say exactly the same:-)

  7. Sandy Carlson

    Pure fun! What a great day. So much to see out there.

    Thanks for moving that beautiful turtle. I always wonder if my turtle taxi went in the right direction.

  8. Luna Miranda

    renewable energy is good but i hope they’d build it somewhere else. beautiful prairie. the bisons look shy.:p 2 of the black cows look like a conjoined twin.:)

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