Bev York's missing gnome found its way home after eight months of traveling North America, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reports.
York told the CBC that the gnome appeared at the end of her driveway in Victoria, British Columbia earlier this week with a hardcover book containing photos and captions chronicling the gnome's "epic" road trip.
"It is sweet," said York. "Whoever did it, I think, has a great sense of whimsy and probably [are] very nice people."
The first entry of the book read, "Hi, my name is Leopold the travelling gnome. 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.'"
Based on photos throughout the book, it appears Leopold travelled down Route 66, visited the Grand Canyon and vacationed on the beaches of Mexico.
York said she's grateful for the joke because it made a lot of people smile. She added that if the pranksters ever want to go on another trip, they should take her instead.
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