A woman from The Highlands stolen garden gnome has been returned to her after nearly eight months — along with a book documenting the statue’s international adventure. Bev York says her gnome reappeared at the end of her driveway this week — accompanied by a hardcover book that tells the tale of an epic road trip filled with margaritas, sun, sand and surf. “Leopold, the traveling gnome,” as he had been named, coasted from Vancouver Island down to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.
“It is sweet,” laughed York. “Whoever did it, I think, has a great sense of whimsy and probably are very nice people.”
A bit from the book: “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 neighbourhood dogs and staring at the same view every single day.”
Looking at the photos, York believes her gnome visited the Grand Canyon, went down Route 66 in Williams, Ariz., and eventually landed on the beaches of Mexico.
Along the way, he stopped at diners, took selfies with cacti and may have even downed a tequila shot or two.
York says she wants the anonymous pranksters to know she’s grateful for the joke. “They made a lot of people smile with it and it’s a lot of hard work that’s gone into it,” she said referring to the “beautifully bound” book.