More wildlife than a zoo!

One thing that struck over the last few days, other than the glacial pace of the story, was the introduction of old-school Trail “wildlife” in every strip.   That was a reliable feature of the Dodd/Elrod era.  We seem to be returning to that as we join our characters in mid conversation:

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That’s right, Mr. “I know everything about gold and panning for it… that’s why I keep working my little shop- it’s really just a side-hustle to conceal the fact that I have a fortune in Gold stored in the basement!”  YES- WE HAVE A MAP!

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Doc, sincerity drips from your craggy face!  How could anyone doubt you??

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JJ is keeping his poker face on… but deep down he has a little tingle running up his leg…  I mean, how could he not??