A 10lb metal gnome: holding a duck, holding bread, holding wine, holding flowers, holding an empty pot and finally one holding a shovel. This tradition of sorts started with a good old gnome napping, late at night and many moons ago and grew into something pretty fun. Rather than taking gnomes from their home I know give gnomes a safe place to live.
Within one year of a buyer’s purchase I will go to the buyer’s new home and hide a gnome somewhere on their property. In return I ask for a photo or a phone call to find out where the little guy ended up. A few have made it to the trash and a few have moved across country, I never really know what will happen to the little guy once I hand him over. The sad truth is some or hidden and have still not been found. I try and make the hiding spots very hard to find. All of this leads to Friday, May 22, when the last gnome with shovel made it to the summit of Mt. Hood. For years I have been asking my “Lovey” to climb just for the gnome, to him this was not a crazy request.
Friday Lovey (Asit ) left for the adventure around 8:00 pm stopping at Montage first for the two men to carbo load and have a Mojito (the Montage makes one of the best in town). After a nice meal the boys head up the mountain in order to catch the 1:00am snow cat. Along the way they stopped at the famous or infamous Charlie’s for a sip of beer and Joe’s Donuts to truly get the first donut of the morning.
Now it is on to Timberline to catch their ride; it is 1:00 and they are both on their way to start the climb to the summit of Mt. Hood. The climb starts around 1:30 and they make it to the summit before sunrise. As the odd couple a 6 foot 2 inch, 225lb East Indian Climber and a 1 foot, 10lb Metal Gnome make it to the summit there was some attention to the climbing crew, as they do not blend with the REI masses.
Lovey and the Gnome slept and enjoyed the sun until the skiing conditions were safe near noon and they parted ways. The Gnome has found a new home at the top of the mountain and continues to carry our email address; our hope is to see what other adventures he may find. Cheers to Lovey, my past client and best friend and courier of gnomes.