Above PEANUTS January 2, 2000, Copyright UFS.
I was reading the OSU program booklet for their gallery show of Peanuts originals (September 18, 2000 - January 19, 2001). I am guessing that this was the first major exhibition of Peanuts originals since the passing of the strip. (The Charles M. Schulz Museum didn't open until 2002.)
There are a good number of strips reprinted in the exhibition catalogue, designed by Frank Pauer. I read the above strip from the first Sunday in 2000, and it just knocked me out. It felt so sad. But there was a determination, some raging against the odds -- at nature, at the lack of other players, at the darkness -- all played out in a quick read. It's the Sunday strip before the last daily.
Thanks to Joe Wos for passing along the catalogue to me.