‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Once Fled Her Ranch — Here’s Why

There’s no doubt the Food Network is an agreeable channel for those from all walks of life. From Bobby Flay’s entertaining competition shows to Giada De Laurentiis’ strolls through Italy, fans have certainly picked up on their favorite chefs over time. And while Ree Drummond, the host of The Pioneer Woman, may be a relative newcomer to the network, she’s certainly attained quite an impressive fan following. Her viewers love her candid tales of life on the ranch just as much as they love her recipes.

Thanks to Ree’s television banter and super popular blog (which takes the same name as her show), fans have been able to get an in-depth look into what her life is really like. Unfortunately for the star, there was a point when she had to flee from her Oklahoma place of residence. Here’s what happened.

Ree Drummond never imagined when she was younger that she’d be living in Oklahoma

Those who watch The Pioneer Woman know Ree lives on a ranch in Oklahoma, but how she got there makes for quite an interesting story. Country Living explains Ree detailed how she came to live in the countryside in her first issue of The Pioneer Woman Magazine. The star explained that while she grew up in Oklahoma, she couldn’t wait to head to the big city permanently to start her life after college. “Based on my brief time at home, I knew that an urban environment was where I belonged. I missed the conveniences, the coffee shops, the take-out galore …,” she wrote. “I missed the anonymity of living in a city — the ability to run to the market without running into my third-grade teacher.”

Of course, we now know everything changed for Ree once she met Ladd, her husband. While she was visiting home, she met him at a local Oklahoma bar — and after their first date, she knew it was true love. “I don’t know how long we stood there in the first embrace of our lives together. But I do know that when that kiss was over, my life as I’d always imagined it was over, too,” Ree wrote. She never made it to Chicago, which was in her future plans. Instead, she stayed in the Oklahoma country to get married and start a family.

She was forced to flee the ranch due to a tornado

Living in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, certainly has its ups and downs — and unfortunately, tornadoes are a reality the Drummonds have to deal with. People notes a meteorologist questioned if Ree and her family were OK after he noticed that a tornado warning was issued very close to her place of residence back in October 2018. On Twitter, he noted, “That tornado warning just NW of Pawhuska had to be REALLY close to the ranch. Wonder if she got any pictures or took cover from the storm.”

To that, Ree assured everyone that she and her family were fine — but it could’ve been a close call. “We are fine! It was headed straight for our place, so I drove to my sister-in-law’s house with the boys. (Gotta love that detailed radar; you can see everything down to the county road number.),” she commented back. She then noted that Ladd had the opposite reaction to her, however. Instead of driving away from the storm, he headed straight toward it to watch.

Country life can be tough, but she’s learned to adapt

There certainly aren’t tornado warnings in many major cities. And while Ree once longed for big metropolitan life, she’s also learned that life on the ranch is where she’s meant to stay. As she wrote on the Pioneer Woman blog, “In the country, there are just certain realities one has to face. Flat tires, for one. Water and electrical outages, for another. Manure—well, that’s obvious. It’s everywhere. The list goes on and on.” She then goes on to talk about her beloved basset hound, Charlie, who has since passed — and she explained how the simple country life actually suits her perfectly. “I sigh and think nothing on earth is better than this — it’s just me and my dog, my loyal, beautiful dog, just the way life should be.”

Does Ree still long for big-city life? We may never know, though we do know just how much she loves her loyal husband, Ladd, her dogs, and of course, her kids who have all grown up on the ranch as well. Even with a few tornadoes, it all seems worth it.

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