"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

Friday, October 17, 2014


Tonight we had the "slightly expanded" classic La Verkin loop, this version coming in at 4.05 miles with 143 feet climbed in 1:16:47 hours.  Tortoise rating was 5.4 and calories burned were 634.  Please click below for a map and today's walking thought, from the October 1991 Jayne Malan address entitled "These Are Your Days", including how much she misses camp!


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Tortoise explored a new neighborhood on a minimum 2.15 mile walk this evening after finishing appointments in the Aliente area of North Las Vegas.  The streets are well lit, the sidewalks are wide, and the landscaping is nice.  Quite enjoyable.  Sorry my camera didn't capture it very well. This walk took 40:30 minutes, had a tortoise rating of 6.1, and burned 337 calories.  Please click below for a map and today's walking thought by Aileen Clyde, which includes "I only wanted to go on with reading,but I could tell Mother was pleased with his inquisitiveness"


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The day came.  Tortoise believes we set a record for the most last minute people coming in for help with their tax returns on the last possible day before their six month extensions expired.  He worked right up until midnight, then when nothing more could be electronically filed with today's date, he went on a minimum 2.18 mile walk up the hill to Valley Academy, back down to State Street near Steamroller Copies, over to Lins and back to the office.  This was all to get a well lit path with a little hill climbing even at this late hour.  This 5.1 tortoise rated walk included 111 feet of hill climbing and was completed in 40;21 minutes.  341 calories were burned.

Please click below for a map and today's walking thought, including "It is seldom the Lord will do something for us that we can do for ourselves".


2014 Stats:

820.25 miles walked, which is 81.94% of my 2014 goal.
259:00:42 hours walked, which is 82.75% of my 2014 goal
39,750 total feet climbed 
131,008 calories burned
78.91% of the year has passed

Weigh-in:  226.2, down 2.2 from my last weigh-in on September 26 and continuing a drop of a total of 11.9 pounds since July 1.

I've walked 21 consecutive non-Sundays since my last missed day on September 20, and overall have walked on 234 of the 247 non-Sundays thus far in 2014, a 94.74% consistency rating.

The purpose of the percentages is to have a higher percentage of distance and time walked than of the year. This tells Tortoise that he is on track. Yes, this is more numbers than you are likely interested in, all Tortoise can say is he's really good at setting high goals and having them slip away because he doesn't do them every, every day.

And now for more of today's walking thought, from one of the inspirational messages Tortoise listened to along the way tonight, entitled "Becoming Self-Reliant" originally recorded in October 1991 by Tom Perry.

"Then Nephi asked the Lord, “Whither shall I go that I may find ore to molten, that I may make tools to construct the ship after the manner which thou hast shown unto me?” (1 Ne. 17:9).
"The Lord instructed Nephi where he could find ore, but then Nephi was on his own. In 1 Nephi, chapter 17, we read:
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and after I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together that I might make fire. …
“And it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I did molten out of the rock.”
"This is one of the more interesting stories we have in the scriptures because it tells of an instance in which the Lord provided help but then stepped aside to allow one of His sons to exercise his own initiative. I have sometimes wondered what would have happened if Nephi had asked the Lord for tools instead of a place to find the ore to make the tools. I doubt the Lord would have honored Nephi’s request. You see, the Lord knew that Nephi could make the tools, and it is seldom the Lord will do something for us that we can do for ourselves.
"The Lord does help when we go to Him in times of need, especially when we are committed to His work and respond to His will. But the Lord only helps those who are willing to help themselves. He expects His children to be self-reliant to the degree they can be"
To watch, listen to, or read this message in its entirety, please visit https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1991/10/becoming-self-reliant?lang=eng #ShareGoodness

The tortoise is smiling!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Sally, you'll be glad to know Tortoise walked the length of West Field Road in Toquerville after his meetings there this evening.  That's 4.23 miles with 314 feet climbed in 1:14:25 hours on this 4.6 tortoise rated path.  659 calories were burned.  Please click below to find a map and tonight's walking thought, including the immortal words of Gordon Hinckley, "Altogether too many men complain that their wives do not look the same as they did twenty years ago when they married them. To which I say, Who would, after living with you for 20 years?


Monday, October 13, 2014


Tortoise went on a 2.15 mile late night walk om 35:07 minutes as he neared the dreaded ides of October tax deadline.  Along the way he climbed 54 feet and burned 353 calories on the path with a tortoise rating of 5.6.  Please click below to find a map and tonight's walking thought from Thomas Monson that includes the line, "If ever there were a generation who would benefit by keeping physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight—that generation is the present generation."


Saturday, October 11, 2014


Walked home from work by way of the corner of Confluence Park defined by the portion south of Tortoise Track and the Confluence View trails.  The view above is at the entrance to the Park on Tortoise Track.  It is wonderful to be able to walk in such scenic places!

This route was 4.03 miles with 264 feet climbed in 1:16:52 hours.  Tortoise rating was 4.8 and 632 calories were burned.  For a map and today's walking thought by Rex Pinegar, saying why he sadly understands why researcher Michael Hart included Jesus Christ at only number 3 on a list of the 100 most influential people in the history of the world.  It's most thought provoking and worth clicking below to read ...


Friday, October 10, 2014


The second time was the charm for walking the T-Bone Trail in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, rated at 2.4 tortoises on the uphill portion.  Round trip for this trail is 4.29 miles from the parking area on the west side of Pioneer Park, through the new park that is being constructed slightly to the east, to the T-Bone trailhead on Cottonwood Road.  There is a lot of elevation gains and drops along the way, which Tortoise measured at 509 feet.  The official BLM figures are a little less, go check them out here, then walk the trail yourself, and add a comment below with your own experience.

This is a delightful walk on a somewhat sandy, rocky path that will get your heart going for sure.  The 2.4 tortoise rating includes 1 level for the path condition.  A map, plentiful pictures, and today's walking thought taken from "The Voice Is Still Small" by Graham Doxey await you when you click below to continue reading ...