I drove down to Laramie Wyoming from Devils Tower using mainly 2 lane back roads. The clouds and landscape were beautiful and it was a nice (but sort of long) drive. After getting fuel for the motorhome, I headed to the only Walmart in town to buy a few groceries.
You have to love a school where the mascot is a cowboy. Cowboys are rugged, hardworking, and usually have loads of common sense. Throughout Walmart, people were wearing clothing that said Wyoming Cowboys. The University of Wyoming is the only 4 year school in the state and it is obvious that the community is proud of their university.
My main goal in coming to Laramie was to contact Kem, a faculty member at the University of Wyoming. Kem and I used to work together many years ago when he was a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona. It was fabulous to see him again! Kem gave me a tour of Laramie and the University. I learned that although Wyoming is a large state geographically, there are fewer than 500,000 people that live in the entire state. He liked working at a university that was not too large and found it easy to collaborate with other groups on campus.
Kem is working to develop some online courses and is trying to talk me into helping him create courses and lectures. I am trying to decide how large of role I would like to have. I still like giving presentations, but I also have really enjoyed being retired and having flexibility in my schedule. We will see what happens in the future. The plan is to have the new program start in the fall of 2016.