Oz just finished running the Plumlee Trails at Pawnee Prairie Park here in Emerald City for the umpteenth thousand time. It is mid-August and mid-afternoon. The heat and the humidity make for a steambath. Oz does not heed the warning, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go run in the mid-day sun.” There was one lone horse out on the trails, otherwise Oz had the dusty paths full of branches, stickers, and holes all to himself.
When you come to a fork in the trail, take it, says Yogi Berra.
The park trails are dedicated to Marsh and Irene Plumlee who inspired a place that equestrians, joggers, and walkers could share. The park parallels Cowskin Creek from Tyler to Kellogg, a few miles as the crow flies but dozens of one takes every turn and loop.
Thanks to Marsh and Irene, Oz has had many a good run, but he is not ready to stop yet. He is just going to take a rest.