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Name Tracy Clune
Age 27
From Tennessee


"I think the 1880s were pretty cool," says Tracy Clune, Aine's 15-year-old cousin from Temecula, California, "but I feel sorry for the people who had to live like this all the time." After nearly five months on the frontier, she was looking forward to seeing the members of her immediate family and sleeping in her own bed. She has really enjoyed living on the frontier, and the only thing that has made her really uncomfortable was the tensions between the families in the valley. She will miss the stars, the fresh air, and Blanca, her milk cow. "I really hated her at first," she says, "and I won't miss milking her twice a day; but after five months, she's really grown on me." "I think I've grown up out here," she says. "I feel more responsible and more confident. I could take care of myself if I was left alone. Before I was afraid to go out at night, and [now] it doesn't bother me at all. I have no regrets about being out here. I don't think I'll be the same person when I return. I'll be less materialistic, less into make-up and clothing, and I really want to get to know the members of my own family better. I'm not the same person, and I'm happy about that."

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