Travels with Caleb

Hey, Caleb Johnson (second-year fiction student) how did you put your summer stipend to use?

After spring semester ended, I flew home to Alabama where I watched my sister graduate from high school. I also walked around my grandmother’s land and visited a peach orchard for some fiction-writing research.

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From Alabama, I flew to Philadelphia, PA to spend a week with my girlfriend and her family.

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In June, it was off to Spain for more research and a little relaxation too. My girlfriend and I saw a bullfight in Sevilla, ate fresh seafood until we were almost sick in Barcelona, rented a car and drove up the Costa Brava to the lovely little seaside town of Cadaques where I swam in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time, then back down through a mountainous region with inactive volcanoes and medieval villages, and eventually to Barcelona once again. I fell in love with that city this summer. After a few more days in Barcelona, we spent a couple days in Madrid before flying back to the USA.

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I spent the rest of my summer in pleasant, beautiful Laramie, WY, reading and writing and enjoying the wonderful weather. Right before the fall semester began, I took a week-long camping trip to Yellowstone National Park too.

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What We Do in Wyoming

When you live in Wyoming, people who do not live in Wyoming will often ask, “What exactly do you do in Wyoming?” Of course this question can be answered a number of ways. We are individuals. We are unique. We are like snowflakes and all those other glorious cliches. 

One individual, Erin Fortenberry, second-year fiction candidate, has answered this question for us. 

This summer I:

1. Waited tables
2. Told tourists about how back in the day vigilantes hung a guy called Big Ned
for shootin’ up the now defunct Bucket of Blood Saloon (really, what did they expect with a name like that?)
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3. Watched the Squirrel Creek fire burn

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4. Went to the rodeo
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5. Checked out rodeo gear in Casper
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6. Almost died at the Jubilee Days Carnival in Laramie.
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Also, my short story “Mastodon” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers.
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That’s really cool, Erin. Congratulations! Thanks for showing us exactly what you do in Wyoming.