Sunday, July 3, 2016

Free Ranging Day 4 - Newkirk & Pawhuska, OK

Today was the day we went to the cemetery in Newkirk, OK to see the grave marker for Grangeman's paternal grand parents.  Lots of different types of grave markers here, there are about 5,000 resting souls here.  His grand parents were spread at sea, this is where they are from so it was decided to put a marker up here.  

After we went to see the grave markers, we decided to explore a little around Ponca City.  I did some research because I knew Ree Drummond - The Pioneer Woman lived in Oklahoma.  Well, she lives about an hour away from Ponca City in Pawhuska, OK, so we went on an adventure to see if we could find her place and the mercantile store they are opening in Pawhuska.

I didn't have any expectations in finding their actual place.  But, we struck gold! We found the ranch, and took a picture of their ranch sign.

Just as we were leaving we saw her maroon truck pulling up and turning down the road under the sign, what were the odds of that happening, and it was coming from the direction we had just come from.  We couldn't believe it.  We don't know if it was her, but it was her truck.  We were beside ourselves with excitement.  Doodles wanted us to turn around and ask her if her could meet Charlie, but we let him know we shouldn't intrude. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.

We continued on to Pawhuska to find the merchantile store, found it after passing it a few times and I'm not kidding we saw Marlboro Man's truck exiting from behind the building and turn in the direction we were going to be heading on the way back to the hotel.

Doodles again really tried to convince us to stop by, but again, you can't just do that....right?!?

Tomorrow we leave Ponca City for our next adventure.  We are driving up to Luverne, MN along the Midwest states borders.  The route we are taking will allow us to hit, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and our goal on the fourth of July is Rapid City, SD.  We will visit Mount Rushmore and try to hit Crazy Horse as well.

Stay tuned.

M & S
Uptown Grange - Free Ranging

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