Exploring the Great West: Regaining Perspective on Health, Wealth and Worry

September 3, 2014 4:01 PM

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My husband Joe and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with an adventure traversing to historic and national sites in five states. The chartered bus trip began in Denver venturing through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota. I never saw the bottom of my densely packed suitcase as we stayed in eight hotels in 12 days. By the end of the trip, I was the proud winner of the Chartered Bus' heaviest suitcase contest with the prize that made my suitcase even heavier -- a Granite rock from the Black Hills Mountain carving of Crazy Horse Memorial.

The bus travelled more than 3,200 miles to several of our bucket-list sites -- Arches National Park, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Badlands and Mount Rushmore. We were beckoned for 50 miles to stop at a must-see site as off-road placards about "5-cent coffee and free ice water" lured us to the wonders ...

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