"The Blog Almost Too Boring To Be The Most Boring Blog in America"

until it got too many red cards from Benjamin 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

Monday, September 29, 2014


Cottonwood trailhead in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve was Tortoise's starting point for today's after work walk.  Thankfully there is a sign directing you to the narrow dirt road taking you under I-15 a short distance from Winkel Distributing in the Hurricane industrial park to the trailhead.

Round trip distance walked was 3.43 miles, with 348 feet climbed en route, in 1:19:52 -- including several photography stops that were welcome opportunities for this lifetime desk jockey to catch his breath while enjoying the beautiful colors.  Pictured above is a look at the Cottonwood Hills trail about a mile up from the trailhead.  Tortoise rating for this walk was 4.1 and 580 calories were burned today.

For a map, additional short video clips, and today's walking thought by Ezra Taft Benson, please click below to continue reading ...


Saturday, September 27, 2014


Ended the week with the classic LaVerkin loop walk on a cool, windy evening at the conclusion of two days of welcome rain.  Things are greener around here than I ever remember, sorry though that the rain and the accompanying thunder/lightning caused Riley and Ethan's futbol games to get cancelled -- I was looking forward to seeing their enthusiasm!

Doug Jr and Stefanie surprised me and took me to lunch at Sonny Boys, followed by two games of Risk (the first of which I managed to win after one of the 4 computer players knocked Doug out of the game and got me down to one army in one country.  Pretty amazing comeback.  Doug then got his just results in the next game, conquering all 4 computer players and then me in the same turn.  Wow!  We also listened to some retro 60s surf instrumental music I found on Pandora and just generally enjoyed talking.  Thanks, Stefanie and Doug!

That walk was 3.54 miles with 103 feet climbed in 59:48 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 5.5 and 559 calories were burned.  For a map and today's walking thought by Betty Jo Jepsen, please click below to continue reading ...


Friday, September 26, 2014


Here's the view of pounding rain in Tortoise's office parking lot at 3:39 pm.  By 6 pm, after travelling to St. George to take care of business there, he toted a brolly (also a useful implement when attending British futbol matches) in case the rains resumed and headed out on a 4.11 mile round trip walk on the Virgin River trail from the Riverside Drive trailhead until the trail is closed for the construction zone surrounding the Mall Drive bridge.  Said brolly was never used, but Tortoise is convinced had he left it in his car then there would have been more driving rains.

The walk included 74 feet of climbing in 1:15:26 hours on a 5.9 tortoise rated path.  642 calories were burned.  For a map, pictures, and today's walking thought from Ruth Wright, please click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, September 25, 2014


The Pacific Electric trail beckoned today, sandwiched between today's appointments before the return trip to Utah.  Tortoise previously has completed segments of this trail from its western trailhead on Claremont Blvd where the cities of Claremont, Montclair, and Upland meet, through Rancho Cucamonga, to Cherry Avenue in Fontana.  This walk extended that to Sultana Avenue, a distance of 2.93 miles that included 61 feet climbed in 48:20 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 6.2, reflecting average elevation of 1305, and 476 calories were burned.  For a map, more pictures, and today's walking thought by Thomas S. Monson, please click below to continue reading ...


Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Tortoise travelled to Las Vegas this morning to help Willyne catch a flight to Florida to represent us at our Ragozzine grandchildren's Primary program ... then continued on to California for two days of business appointments.  Here is a picture of a park in Tehachapi along the path of tonight's 2.67 mile walk with 65 feet climbed in 54:51 minutes.  The average elevation of 4013 contributed to the tortoise rating of 5.4.  426 calories were burned along the way.  For a map and a thought by Gordon B. Hinckley, please click below to continue reading ...


Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Welcome to the turnaround point of tonight's tortoise walk ... 2.08 miles with 52 feet climbed in 36:25 minutes.  Tortoise rating 5.6; calories burned 324.  For a map and tonight's walking thought by James Paramore, please click below to continue reading ...


Monday, September 22, 2014


Another excellent late night walk today, this one up the hill from Tortoise's office to just past the radio towers.  2.07 miles with 140 feet climbed in 36:00 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 4.8; calories burned were 322.  For a map and today's walking thought by J. Ballard Washburn, please click below to continue reading ...