" Every time I cross over those cattle guards, I just listen; and I can hear my heart flutter"
I've kept I-44 Interstate & the highways well traveled this month, and I've had a lot of requests to "Where in the world are you taking all of these Buffalo pictures from?" I just giggle, because it's not a secret, and in fact it's a hidden treasure that more people should know about!
It's called the TallGrass Prairie Preserve & it's about 45 miles North of Tulsa, Oklahoma and just North of the town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
As you drive into the small town of Pawhuska the streets poles are lined with lit up Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights, as the feel of old fashioned small town charm fills the air. If you're hungry for lunch (before you head out to the prairie) Grill 125 is a great stop, and I high recommend the mushroom/swiss burger! When you're in cattle country you can guarantee the beef is fresh! The service is great, and the atmosphere is inviting & cozy.
As you drive North of Pawhuska, you'll start to see the wide opens spaces and then once you cross that cattle guard into the prairie preserve your heart will begin to flutter.. It's a view that can't be described with words. You're now on the open range road.
You'll need to be prepared to make frequent stops on the open range road for the abundant wildlife. Pack a camera and make a day of it!
As you spend most of your day at the prairie don't forget to save some time to visit the Tall Grass Art Gallery & Osage Outfitters on your way back into Pawhuska.
The TallGrass Gallery has been kind enough to feature my work next to some amazing artist across Oklahoma & Kansas! Bruce (The gallery owner & metalsmith) will welcome you, and I bet you'll even hear a story or two while you're there. He's top notch, and knows all about every artist & their work.
The Gallery features art such as: sculptures, paintings, charcoal drawings, furniture, wood work, and of course photography.
Don't forget to stop next door to from the gallery and visit Osage Outfitters too! This store has everything you'd need for the working rancher or a night on the town! Huge boot selection, and high quality goods! The owners are very friendly, and I've always been greeted with a warm welcome. .also right down the street is Spurs & Arrows, and this little store is full of charm! Custom t-shirts, western décor, and even kitchen ware. I should just say, plan to shop and stay a few hours while you're in Pawhuska, ha!
This place & town is a must see!
Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
Tall Grass Art Gallery
Spurs & Arrows