If you've ever had a garden gnome go missing, it'sÂ possible itÂ wasn't stolen, but rather that it was taken by Good Samaritans who simply wanted to take him onÂ vacation. This was the case for Canadian Bev York's gnome, which was recently returned after being stolen in December 2015.
York's gnome was takenÂ fromÂ her drivewayÂ in Victoria, British Columbia. Months later, "Leopold"âas his gnome-nappers named himâreappeared with a photo album detailing hisÂ adventures.Â Photos within the book showÂ Leopold at the beach, drinking margaritas and even snapping a selfie at the Grand Canyon.
The start of Leopold's travel book reads:
âOne morning back in December '15, I saw a motor home toddle along, 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.'â What follows are pictures of Leopold's epic road trip through the U.S. and into Mexico.
The only clue as to who took the gnome is one photoÂ of Leopold being cuddledÂ by a little boy, though York didn't recognize him.
âIt was a cute prank, and put a smile on my face,â said York. Not only is the book well-written, it shows that a gnome can have fun, too.
âThese people have a great sense of humor, but I wish they would've taken me instead!â York joked.
At the end of the book, Leopold left words to remember: âHope you enjoyed my album. Sorry I disappeared for so long, and remember: adventure before dementia.â
Leopold has now returned to a special position on York'sÂ property with a sign that says "24-Hour Surveillance" above his head.
[h/t Huffington Post]