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The Weekly Recap and Sunday Nature Talk

Gather round the campfire, one and all. It’s time for Uncle George to update you on Mark Trail’s actions this past week. As you may recall from the prior weeks, Mark’s ethical dilemma led him to abandon Diana during their zebra mussel investigation of a cargo ship.  Mark’s old friend Cliff, who piloted the rescue boat, showed up to give him a lift. At Cliff’s fishing lodge, Mark revealed his assignment to Cliff and his military veteran buddies. Not much happened there, but Mark and Cliff decided to seek out Diana and try to restore Mark’s professional relationship and continue the assignment.

But as Mark began his apology to Diana, he and Cliff were suddenly blindsided by Diana’s sudden emotional breakdown and admission that her selfish actions were brought on by troubles back home. Seems her friend(s) and business partner(s) are putting her salary (as a producer, we assume) into a modern investment vehicle known as a Non-Fungible Token (NFT). This highly speculative and unstable commodity is also linked to virtual currency, both of which exist on large server farms that gobble mountains of electricity. All of that usage affects the environment and local utilities. Diana’s anxiety is understandable (But who knew that she had a moral compass?). So what to do? And more importantly, how will Jules Rivera develop this major plot twist? Will it link to people in Mark’s previous assignments? Does it have anything to do with the Duck Duck Goose shipping line? Or will Diana’s troubles simply do a quick fade, like so many past characters of the Trailverse? Maybe we’ll find out in the coming days; but for now, it’s time for the Sunday Nature Chat. Now, who’s up for toasting marshmallows?

Not a surprising subject today. That anti-skunk smell formula is one The Humane Society favors, but comes with a special caveat that Mark forgot to mention: “Caution: Do NOT store this mixture or make it ahead of time, as the mixture could explode if left in a bottle.” That is definitely something to keep in mind. In fact, it is a really good idea to read their entire recommendation: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/de-skunking-your-dog

Avoiding a skunk is always a good idea. In fact, avoiding all wild animals is always a good idea. In spite of what some blockhead visitors to state and national parks believe, wild animals are not pets or your friends, no matter how cute they look.


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