It’s a gnome kind of a day on the mountain

Just saw this story on and felt obligated to share for some unknown reason. My love for gnomes has been steady throughout the years, and sustained lately due in large part to the Travelocity commercials. Well, today is another good day for Gnomes, apparently, as the Mt. St. Helens webcam captured a gnome, complete with a “I will get the snow” sign.

It’s been a very bizarre winter here in the Pacific Northwest, with both 80 degree temps. and valley snow in the month of April, so a little gnome shouldn’t be very surprising. If there’s some brilliant branding/advertising tie-in yet to be realized, I’ll be thoroughly impressed. And I’m already pretty impressed by the mountain gnome regardless.


One response to “It’s a gnome kind of a day on the mountain

  1. This morning we captured on-camera who really is responsible for clearing the snow yesterday from in front of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams.

    Sometime this morning a VolcanoCamGnome appeared in front of the VolcanoCam Classic camera. I can only surmise he is responsible for clearing the snow yesterday and returned to finish the job. I think he is mesmerized by the camera because he hasn’t done any work at all today. He just stands there looking at the camera. The VolcanoCamGnome is sitting on a 20-foot high snowdrift in front of the camera. Heavy snowfalls at Johnston Ridge have blocked views of Mount St. Helens for much of this winter. We appreciate the efforts of the VolcanoCamGnome in clearing a view for all the world to see, even if the view is dark clouds today, and probably the rest of the week.

    I have no idea how long he will remain there, considering access to the JRO is all but impossible except by Forest Service Snowcat. He may remain a while until the snowdrift underneath him melts away.

    Thank you for posting the story. My email inbox is overflowing with supportive comments from all over the world. This image will make it into our Hall of Fame archives.

    For the record, I had no knowledge of a VolcanoCamGnome until he appeared today.

    Thanks for your support of Mount St. Helens.

    Dennis Lapcewich
    USDA Forest Service Webmaster
    Pacific Northwest Region – Vancouver, WA
    360-891-5024 – Voice | 360-891-5045 – Fax

    “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — Anonymous

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