Ken and Kelly…

Not the Kelly I was supposing, but that’s OK!  Ken is quite a specimen, though…  All the markers of a Mark Trail bad guy- pony tail, facial hair, cock-sured-ness…

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All I can say is that if they are fishing for Tiger Sharks, they had better get a bigger boat

Could it be? No!!

Or yes!  Kelly Welly? Perhaps a bit premature in my thinking, but for those of you needing a reminder, recall that Kelly Welly is the reporter always tagging along with Mark and trying to scoop his stories, and while Mark never has to pick up the phone to ask for work, Kelly is a constant thorn in Editor Bill Ellis’ side begging for an assignment… A funnier moment has Kelly waiting in Mark’s hotel room with Mark in the shower!  Nope, nothing to see there, kids… unfortunately that’s the truth…

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But I am sure I have gotten waaay ahead of myself here, and let’s hope the disappointment is not too great when Kelly turns out to be a guy!

Well, who am I to doubt what’s trending???

I have to admit I saw yesterday’s strip and I gave a little bit of an eye-roll and moved on…  But today I set about my morning routine and googled “octopus…” and what pops up, but this:

Octo crab

Here’s video gone viral and if you wait ’til the end, you will hear the videographer sum things up nicely…

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So with mystery solved, (at least the mystery of what inspired the last couple of days,) we shall see where this takes us.  Far away from Lost forest, that’s for sure…

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Which is fine, since I think we need a little time away from the crushing reality that Mark faces up to on a daily basis- time to let him range free again- to be seduced and bedeviled by bad people!

Aaaand… there you have it…

It was only after a serious pause and more than a dollop of consideration, but Mark has finally recognized Rusty as his son…Not the fruit of his own loins, to be sure, but then that would require him to actually have , um, relations with Cherry, and that whole notion still leaves Mark a bit confused…

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But let’s be clear, Rusty, you did not jump, you dove into shallow water.  Not very bright and not in keeping with the “safety jump” taught in any junior lifesaving class…

So with Barney and Betty looking on in confusion, still wondering what the hell they did to deserve being relocated, Father and son go home to greet Mom and recount lusty tails of fallen trees and watery rescues…

I wish Rusty would decide how old he wants to be…

So Rusty the young man has pulled Mark from a watery grave, and while Mark shakes off the cob-webs, at least he remembers what hit him…

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But yesterday it was Rusty the little boy calling after his “dad” and running into the water to save him…

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I am also happy to see that the new Mark Trail is not “drip-dry” like the old Mark Trail- at least he still has water sheeting off of him in panel three… but his hair is still impervious to water and other forms of messing with it… Still, the least you can do, Mark, is thank your “son” for dragging your enviro-ass out of the water…

That’s right, Rusty. Dive into shallow water…

I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?  Paralysis??

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Say ‘Dad’ one more time!  I dare you, boy!  And I know that we don’t have much to go on in the way of relative size or perspective, but Rusty’s legs are indistinguishable from Mark’s as they go into the water…

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Good thing that Mark seems to have natural buoyancy.  All Rusty has to do is grab him by the hair and drag him to shore!!

Buck up, son…

C’mon, Rusty…  No time for tears, boy.  And when did you you start calling him ‘Dad?’  He’s always been ‘Mark’ to you… Yup, that log was on a mission.  The laws of Nature, Space, Time and Physics have all taken a brief hiatus in order to make this all happen…  and is that Mark laying face up or face down in the water in panel 3?  Sure looks peaceful, though, don’t he??

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I gotta tell you, the suspense is absolutely killing me.  Is there nothing Mark won’t do to get out of taking Rusty fishing??

Don’t worry boys and girls, he has a really hard head…

What on earth is it with trees falling spontaneously?  Just recently it was the one that started the forest fire, then it was Abbey Powell’s truck, now it’s Mark’s head!  But we needn’t worry.  Mark has been kicked and punched so many times over the years he appears to even enjoy it!  And ever since the environmentalists helped us to realize that even a dead tree is important habitat, we are not allowed to take any of these hazards down, until of course they fall on their own and cause a Traumatic Brain Injury…

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What’s interesting though is that this tree appears to be falling down and falling forward at the same time.  Almost as if it had it out for our hero.  Well we have seen examples where trees are “alive and have souls,” whether they be Ents in Lord of the Rings or the hapless dude in the GEICO commercial

Tell me it isn’t time for “the talk…”

But c’mon Mark, beaver babies are called kits, or kittens…  How can you miss an opportunity to display your matchless knowledge of the great outdoors??  We also know that beavers are monogamous and pop out a litter every year, but like Barney and Betty, get kicked out of the lodge in their third year!  Only to wreak havoc with land owners, so we start the entire cycle all over again…

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Yes, let’s go back to the house before we have to witness the carnage…  that clever and voracious Fisher Cat is eyeing Barney and Betty as we speak!

Too much screen time, Master Rusty…

They must get cable in Lost Forest- or Satellite…  and with the basic package comes Cartoon Network.

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Barney and Betty!  Ha, that’s a good one.  Not very original, but a good one.  What was Barney’s job, anyway?  We knew all about Fred’s job at the quarry- operating the heavy machinery (proof that dinosaurs and man walked the earth together) at “Slate Gravel” run by no other than George Nate (Eugene) Slate…  I always got the impression that Barney was in Public Relations or something like that…  Never any issues, though, never brought work or the boss home with him…

Well, get a good look at B&B, Rusty, one of them is about to meet up with fate… in the form of a hungry Fisher Cat!