Today’s strip owes a lot to my friend Haley, who once referred to Boulder, Colorado as a bustling metropolis. She said that very phrase to me as we sat in “rush hour traffic,” which consisted of three cars at a traffic light. Haley later moved to Montana, which is bustling in terms of cows and horses, but not people.
Falling Rock’s “one summer park ranger” is an oblique reference to Ed Abbey, the unofficial poet laureate of Falling Rock National Park. If you haven’t already rushed to your local bookstore or library, go now and check out Desert Solitaire. One of the very best books written about the American Southwest.
Finally, Selmer, the oldest squirrel in Falling Rock, is named after Selmer Kittelson. Selmer would have made a good squirrel.
It’s a threefer today at Falling Rock! Also known as a hat trick. Very rare, and sure to be a collector’s item.