Westerners include "everyone who journeys in the steps of our brave forefathers who left Europe on ships and who left Independence, Missouri in covered wagons to seek their dream of freedom and property. My wife and I came west just two years ago following a dream to be near family and willing to embrace arid sage-covered plains and snow covered peaks--leaving behind verdant forests and communities where our families have lived for generations. The West means adventure, new friends and new discoveries around every bend in the trail."
-Richard Stahl, Hailey, Idaho (Photographed at Miracle Hot Springs in southern Idaho. Stahl moved to to the West from his native Pennsylvania in 2013.)