"The Blog Almost Too Boring To Be The Most Boring Blog in America ... for Over 5 Years!"

until it got too many red cards from Wounded Duck and the Boredom Enforcement Committee ... now the tortoise's goal is to get to 10 red cards so he can get Big Dog to drive down and take a good long walk with the tortoise

P. S. This blog listens to its readers. We have the Benjamin Category Override for 5+ mile walks and now, it humbles Tortoise to say he has been named "Lou", by Doug Jr, in memory of Mr. Consistency himself, Lou Gehrig. Tortoise can hardly type the words to think he is in any way comparable to the noble Iron Horse. Thank you!

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Mile 347.  Lou went to lunch with his mom to celebrate Mother's Day a day early, then took her on a drive to show her some of the places Tortoise walks, just because she wants to know what her son is doing.  Very nice.  Following this, Lou did a walk of the La Verkin Scenic Circle trail, this time starting at the La Verkin Creek trailhead in Confluence Park, heading from there to the La Verkin Overlook, then down the old road that used to go to Zion and through Wanlass Park and some La Verkin streets to return to his starting point.  There are lots of pictures here, so enjoy, mom!  Walking thought today is by Gerrit Gong ...


Friday, May 6, 2016


Mile 339.  Tortoise walked back to work this morning on his usual path up the 600 North hill.  Walking thought was by Robert Hales ...


Thursday, May 5, 2016


Mile 336.  Let's have some fun today!  Tortoise walked a mile after work to the family history center for some training.  When that was done, he walked on home, and then at the end worked in the Center Street hill in La Verkin. Walking thought was by Dieter Uchtdorf, sharing his hopeful story of rising from the ashes of Dresden ...

"In a very short time, the city once nicknamed the 'Jewel Box' was no more.  Erich K√§stner, a German author, wrote of 
the destruction, 'In a thousand  years was her beauty built, in one night was it utterly destroyed.'"
  This picture has always haunted me, so I love this story of rebuilding!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Mile 332.  It is Tortoise's 38th wedding anniversary, the night his sweet lady was planning to return from helping our daughter and her family at the birth of their daughter Leah.  But, they are accepting a new job and will be moving from Florida back to Utah, so ... Willyne is staying a little longer to help them with the move, and you will get some magical mystery walks as Tortoise joins them to help with their drive across the country later this month.

This evening's walk is the classic walk up the hill from the office; the walking thought is by Quentin Cook ...


Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Mile 329.  Another late night walk, this one in LaVerkin starting at about 23:20.  At least it didn't require an extension of the military clock!  Walking thought was by Todd Christofferson ...


Monday, May 2, 2016


Mile 326.  Today was the fourth big deadline of the season.  We have January 31 for W-2 forms, March 15 for corporate tax returns, the ides of April for individual tax returns, and ... what is May 2, you ask?  It's the deadline for quarterly payroll and sales tax returns when April 30 lands on a Saturday.  And it's every bit as a big a deadline as any of them, if you are Lou ...

So ... what you see above is Tortoise's view as he headed out for a walk at 25:43:26 on his infamous extended military clock when the work of the day was complete.  Yes, it was a minimum walk.  He headed up the hill just past the cell towers on 600 North, and a little more to make sure he would be over two miles for the round trip, then returned.  The walking thought was by Christopher Waddell ...


Saturday, April 30, 2016


Mile 324.  For a second day in a row, Tortoise enjoyed an accompanied walk with one of his children.  Now there is a true treat!  Today it was with Benjamin, and it set 2016 year-to-date records for hardest trail (with a tortoise rating of 1.3) and most feet climbed (802).  Benjamin likes to encourage Lou to get his heart rate up by adding more elevation gain to his walks, so he suspects this record won't last long.  He's already talking about new attempts on Zion's East Rim and on Timpanogos, for example.  

As with yesterday's walk, the company was excellent, and there are some lovely scenic views as well along the way from Indian Road Trailhead (just off Canyon Road at 5500 North near the mouth of Provo Canyon) to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  Today's thought is by Bonnie Oscarson ...