When Eko and I head out for our runs, I like to go off in different directions to get lost in, and find our way home from, different parts of the city. Well today, Eko and I ended up a bit farther from home than usual…
“Ruh roh, Shaggy”
As we turned the corner into an unfamiliar (yet quite familiar) park, I noticed that Eko and I were running on a yellow brick road. We were already pretty lost at this point, so I had some trepidation about going any further. However, I saw something – or someone, actually – that gave me the courage to carry on.
Put ’em up, Mr Eko!
Scarecrow may have more of a brain than I do, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that there might be a theme to this park. A nearby sign told me that we were in Oz Park – a public park with art and gardens inspired by the Wizard of Oz. Of course after finding the Cowardly Lion, Eko and I had to run around the park to get photos of the rest of the gang.
“Will, I hate to say it, but I think I would pick Scarecrow over you for my Trivia Night team”
The Tin Man looked well oiled, but I have a funny feeling the Pabst Blue Ribbon sticker wasn’t part of the original sculpture
Finally we found Dorothy, with her loyal pup Toto – who happens to be one of Eko’s canine idols. But wait a minute, what’s that in Dorothy’s hand…
Aha! Now we know why Toto stuck around – treats!
This morning was just more proof that you can always find unfamiliar adventures in familiar places. Oz Park is only about a mile and a half from my apartment, but I had no idea it was there until today. And while I didn’t know how we found our way to Oz, I certainly knew how to find our way home.
Works like a charm!