But today was extraordinary! At one point, near the end of our travels through the Prairie preserve, we became entirely surrounded by bison. A herd of several hundred approached our road and, determined to cross to the other side, blocked the road both in front of us and behind us. Were we frightened? Not in the slightest! Bison don't mind humans if you leave them alone, which of course we did, and eventually we crept forward and gently "herded" them out of the way. It's their land, after all, not ours. Had we not done that, we might still be there. It was thrilling, to say the least. The only moment of pause I had was when we wondered if one of the bisons might mistake my brown, hump-backed car for a member of the opposite sex and attempt to climb aboard. They were that close, and we had to keep the windows rolled up or they might have stuck their heads in -- their HUGE heads!
I was taking short movies with my cell phone and Ron was doing the same with my camera, but I haven't figured out yet how to put them here on the blog. Hopefully, I'll have one tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are a few photos, but they don't really tell the whole story.
The Tallgrass Prairie is made up of both donated and purchased land in northern Oklahoma. This is the original ranch house on the property, and near it is a small gift shop and interpretive center. Other than that, there's nothing to remind a visitor that he is in 21st century America.