The day after stopping at the Grand Canyon on our cross country drive this past summer, we visited Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. I dare say that while I know we didn’t scratch the surface of things to see and do at the Grand Canyon, between the two, I enjoyed the scenery at Arches much more. (From the beauty of Moab to the unfailing snow conditions we’ve experienced in Park City over the years, I’m surprised we didn’t just end our road trip right there in Utah!) Anyway, I knew immediately that Arches, with its other-worldly landscape, was the perfect place to snap a pic holding the latest issue of Stowe Guide & Magazine – an idea my Aunt Donna from Stowe, Vermont, had given us before we set out on our trip. Like many publications often do, the magazine devotes a page in every issue to “globetrotters” like us who encounter exciting places and fortuitously have the magazine on hand. Last month we received the exciting news that our photo was chosen to be featured in the 2012 Winter/Spring issue, along with a lovely write-up about us, our trip, and our connection to Stowe, VT.
Towards the end of our trip, we stopped at The Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, OH, which stakes its claim as America’s Biggest and Best Antique Mall. I’ve been antiquing all my life and love the hunt for vintage pieces that catch my eye and/or fit into one of my many dust collecting collections on display in our house. By the end of the day, however, we had only accumulated a handful of small items for my parents, who are also avid antique collectors (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). The one piece I found for myself was a mid-century style silver ring with four inset stones. The combination of colors are what first struck me, but it didn’t take long before I considered this ring a precious memento of our trip as a whole, with the four stones each representing a major stop along the way.
Clockwise from Top-Left: The brown tiger-eye stone reminds me of the exposed strata that can be seen looking into the Grand Canyon, the copper-colored goldstone is like the sun reflecting off the bright orange rock formations at Arches National Park, the deep blue Lapis represents the cool dark caves of Meramec Caverns, Missouri, and the green Malachite looks identical to the lush greenery and craftsman details Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated into his Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. Click on the image above for a closer look at the ring.