“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
~ J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
Once, long ago . . .
Well, back in March 2003 anyways . . .
The “Éowyn Challenge” set a goal for interested adventurers to walk, run, swim, etc. the distance Frodo and his friends travelled from Bag End to Rivendell by the theatrical release date later that year of The Return of the King. Since then, thousands of fans have completed this “journey” and have gone on to cover even greater distances marked by milestones in Tolkien’s works. With extensive research into the book timelines and maps of Middle-earth, they’ve developed numerous charts that help add some fantasy flavor to your exercise goals.
I’ve been planning on doing this challenge for years now but never got around to it. Now, with the upcoming arrival of Amazon’s new series based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, it feels like a great time to take those first steps on my own journey through Middle-earth!
Join My Fellowship
Want to join my quest? Start walking, running, biking, horseback riding or going however you wish to go! Measure your distance travelled and check this chart to see how far along you’ve come.
I’d love to give a shoutout to anyone willing to join me! Here are a few ways to join the fun:
- Tweet or post on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneyThroughMiddleEarth. Tag @StyleMeFantasy if you’d like.
- Write a blog post and email the link to email@example.com
- Comment on this or any of my other #JourneyThroughMiddleEarth posts to let me know how far along you are
You can see more about joining up here.
#JourneyThroughMiddleEarth Day 1
The Adventure Begins
Miles 0-2 : Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Total Miles: 2
Current Location: The Shire
Skyline photo credit: www.springspreserve.org
These first few miles in The Lord of the Rings are, of course, leaving the Shire.
I live in Las Vegas, a city that’s pretty un-Shire like, but there’s a place I love to go when I’m craving a nice stroll surrounded by green, growing things. It’s not too far from the famous Strip and includes several museums, a fantastic café with an amazing view of the mountains and Las Vegas Strip buildings (see above picture), lots of trails, and my favorite – the Botanical Gardens.
The Gardens are a great place to learn about native and desert-adapted plants; there’s a real focus on sustainability, water responsibility and the history of the area. You can tour eco-conscious demo homes, take gardening classes, and of course, wander among a huge variety of plants.
This might not seem so out-of-the-ordinary for somewhere else, but here? It’s like another world! A green, wonderful world.
Temperatures are already quite high (we’ve hit 100 degrees already this year, and most days are in the 90’s) but many plants are still blooming even this late in the Spring.
Of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with more iconic desert plants too.
We had a gorgeous morning amongst the plants, walked a few miles and officially started this Journey Through Middle-earth. I’m looking forward to pressing onward and hope you’ll consider joining my fellowship!
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21 Comments on “#JourneyThroughMiddleEarth – I’m going on an adventure!”
This sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to join you, but I work all the time. I will check in and see what magical places you end up though. These are great photos!
Such beautiful pictures!!!!
That sounds like it was a lot of fun. What a beautiful place to visit!
It’s one of my favorite places for sure! 🙂
Looks awesome! I like the pics! Sounds good your trip! Looking forward for the next post about your journey!
Thanks! I’m enjoying looking at my city with an eye for adventure.
Anything nature, I love! Looks like Vegas is not all about gambling and spending money on material objects. I love your photos. Next trip to Vegas I need to look into some sight seeing off the strip!
There really is a lot of nature stuff – if you want to see a variety of it, I’d recommend looking into stuff around Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston (wild horses and you can ski in the winter, and it’s only ~ 20 minutes from my house in the city) and Red Rock Canyon (gorgeous stripey rocks and bighorn sheep).
Definitely couldn’t take this challenge because I’m married and have kids BUT it would be cool to inspire people to atleast go on long nature walks and post pictures to your blog. Your pics are awesome! I have never see. Cacti like that before!!!
I’m married with two littles as well – I’m planning on doing a lot of my miles at the gym or pushing a stroller!
i’m not exactly a big fan of the lord of the rings or any other piece by tolkien (i, however, am a fan of his best friend’s pieces, c.s. lewis) but this sounds like a lot of fun!! also, you’ve captured a lot of great pics. i mean, it’s obvious that you got nice view over there. despite not being a fan, i’d join this adventure anytime if i lived somewhere closer (and easier) to the middle-earth. 😛
Thanks 🙂 Maybe a Narnia trek would be more your style, then? I love C.S. Lewis as well!
This is an awesome way to get people moving! Beautiful pictures, too!
Thanks Heather! It definitely helps motivate me.
wooww! I love all these places. Captivating photos!
Awesome pictures you’ve got here, sounds like you had loads of fun
Seems like you had a good time – and beautiful pictures 🙂
Love your imagination! Thanks for sharing you story.
This sounds like a great journey.
What a beautiful place. Very nice.