Unless you’re super into garden gnomes, it seems likely that if your garden gnome went missing, you would likely shrug it off and assume the little guy to never be seen again. Gnome crises happen all the time. Drunk fratboys steal them. Neighborhood children smash them. Cam girls pose with them (though we’d like to think they acquire theirs legally). It’s a rough, sometimes strange life, being a garden gnome or a garden gnome owner. So when Bev York, a resident of British Columbia, noticed one of her gnomes was missing one morning, she assumed the same and moved on. This is usually the end of Missing Gnome stories. But this is not your run-of-the-mill Missing Gnome story. This gnome came back. And he had a story to tell – one that doesn’t involve the Gnome Liberation Front.
Eight months after his initial disappearance, Bev’s gnome reappeared on her porch, and he did not return home empty-handed. He carried with him hardcover photo book featuring pictures from his adventures from the last eight months. “Hi, my name is Leopold the traveling gnome,” he began, “One morning back on December ’15, I saw a motorhome toddle along Finlayson Arm Road and I thought to myself, ‘There’s got to be more to life than standing knee-deep in rainwater, being peed on by neighborhood dogs and staring at the same view every single day.” The book went on to feature pictures of Leopold’s travels everywhere from the Grand Canyon to Route 66 and even an excursion to Mexico. York was so impressed by his travels that she posted the picture online, and they’ve since taken off. It’s understandable, their popularity. We could all stand to be a bit more like Leopold.