One of my very good friends growing up had this thing for garden gnomes. It was ever since he was a little kid – I think he got in trouble for stealing them out of people’s yards and then it kind of grew from there. More stolen property, christmas and birthday presents, all of these added up to quite the little gnome army.
Probably 5 years ago I went to LA to visit him and to help him drive back to CO as he was moving back. We decided that we would bring the gnomes along for company. And no, it wasn’t really an Amelie thing so much as a golden opportunity with Polaroid in hand. One of the gnomes always looked very coy so it was fun trying to figure out what to pose him in front of.
We started out in Long Beach where I got probably the worst sunburn of my entire life. I was outside for less than an hour and I could hardly sit down! From there it was only a short jaunt to Las Vegas where we took in the sights. Did I mention that it was July and the car didn’t have any air conditioning? Made for an interesting trip. We finally got to Zion National Park after dark where some lovely Dutch tourists let us crash at their campsite for the evening. I tell you, there’s really nothing better in life than a camp fire.
My friend had never been to any national parks so we made it a point to hit them all. Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Escalante were the big winners. The gnome got a little homesick so he had to phone home. And we saw a giant lizard, but luckily he was very friendly!
Thankfully we soon made it to the mountain states where it was much cooler. Those icy glacial streams really do a body good! And of course, we had to visit Tiny Town. It’s like a gnome Zion. A little place by the side of the road filled with miniature houses and trains and everything. Great when you’re a kid, but pretty creepy when you’re an adult. Especially at night. Especially when you’re trespassing.
I’d like to point out that the gnome looks pretty good in my bandanna. And then finally, we were back in Colorful Colorado!
sigh. I really wish I had more polaroid film.