Gnomie Goes West

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Whenever DirtNKids goes on a long family vacation, our little tag-a-long, Gnomie, always goes with us.  The kids enjoy being creative with places for him to “play,” and I get to scratch a creative itch with an aging Olympus DSLR.

The last big road trip, he went with us all the way to Frankfort, Michigan.  (You can view that post here.)  In between, he’s been dropped a few times, lost, found (in the Barbie house), lost again, and found again (packed in a box).  The tip of his hat got chipped.  His trowel broke off.  Poor guy — let’s hope he stays in tact enough for our next journey!

Back in August, we loaded up the SUV and headed out west for a 3-week long, 7-state Road Trip Adventure.  (You can view that post here.)  This is that same trip from Gnomie’s perspective.

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Ahhh...road tripping with the sun roof open is just awesome.  Think I'll take a nap before we get there.
Ahhh…road tripping with the sun roof open is just awesome.
Think I’ll take a nap before we get there.
Who says Wyoming doesn't have beaches?
Who says Wyoming doesn’t have beautiful beaches?
I'm standing on the Pacific side of the Divide.
I’m on the Pacific side of the Divide.
Mr. Dirt points out the swallow's nest for me
Mr. Dirt points out the swallow’s nest in the canyon.  Don’t let go…
Hey!  A Beaver house!  I wonder if there garden needs a gnome...
Hey! A Beaver house! This place could use a garden gnome.
Riding on the Narrow Gauge.  Wheee!
Riding on the Narrow Gauge. Wheee!
I'd better quit muckin' around.  Train's about to leave the station.
I’d better quit muckin’ around. Train’s about to leave the station.
Horseback riding is fun in the mountains
Horseback riding in the mountains
So THIS is what a Colorado gnome looks like.  Howdy, dude.
So THIS is what a Colorado gnome looks like.
Can I borrow your trowel?  Mine’s broken.
The lizards sure are big here in Texas.
Lizards sure get big here in Texas.
Time to mail off some post cards and grab a bite to eat.
Time to mail off some post cards and grab a bite to eat.
Cozying up with Mudgy and Millie in Coeurs d'Alene
Cozying up with Mudgy and Millie in Coeurs d’Alene
Them's some pretty good waves...for Wyoming.
Them’s some pretty good waves…for Wyoming.
Hiking in the pine forest of the Grand Teton
Hiking in the pine forest of the Grand Teton.
These saplings are just my size.
This sure beat my ride in Michigan.  Much better view!
What a view!
Old Faithful should erupt any minute now...
Old Faithful should erupt any minute now.  Got a front row seat.
Someone's always gotta ruin a portrait in a zen garden, right?
Some kid’s always gotta ruin a portrait in the zen garden.
Stacking rocks in Coeurs d'Alene is almost as fun as sand angels!
Stacking rocks in Coeurs d’Alene is more fun than
sand angels…and no sand in my pants.
THE END.
THE END.
(Though I thought the chick ride was better.)

21 thoughts on “Gnomie Goes West

    1. It’s an oldie but a goodie for me thus the re-post. We forgot him on our National Park tour last year, and didn’t travel this one, so he’s gathering dust! Nice to see you’re still around, Jet. Hope you’re having a splendid summer.

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  1. This is a fabulous idea! We’re going to adopt it for sure. And sorry to hear you forgot Gnomie on your latest trip!!! Maybe you can pick up Gnomie’s long-lost cousin somewhere along your trip? Then you could have a family reunion when you get back. 😉

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    1. Well, we never did get a “replacement.” Wound up using our vehicle instead! Since everything is so BIG out here in upper Montanta, our travel SUV looks a bit *ahem” small in the photos. Gnomie got replaced by Hummie. 😀 Stay tuned!

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  2. Oh how divine is this post! It put a big smile on my face after a long day of work.I love Gnomie on the Narrow Gauge, but I think he must take a trip on the wild side and come visit us here in South Africa!

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    1. I’m so very glad you enjoyed, Leozette. There is another of him on Michigan beaches that you may equally enjoy. I’m even more glad that you stopped by here, though GreensForGood Blog is more up your alley. I post more regularly here (it’s my mainstay, and not subject to searches), though I want to give the other blog some more attention. I feel it’s much more important than my journal’d life over here. Cheers!

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    1. Glad you came by, Gina, and thanks for the nice words. It is rather fun isn’t it? We can’t wait until our next adventure to Glacier in June. Gnomie will be along, of course.

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      1. No, but we did BARELY make it out alive when a flash flood wiped out the little town of Manitou Springs during our last two days. Yours is a much better story!

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