"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 1, 2014


Tortoise was a little sore after his "moderately strenuous" walk on Saturday, so he slowed down and shortened things up a bit today.  It was tempting to skip it altogether, but of course the best way to overcome soreness and stiffness is ... to keep walking every day.  Today's adventure was to walk home from picking up a few items at a store in Hurricane.  Totals were 3.12 miles wiith 181 feet climbed in 1:03:07 hours.  Tortoise rating was 5.0; calories burned were 494.

For a map and a lovely thought from the brilliant Brit, Derek Cuthbert, please click below to continue reading ...


Saturday, August 30, 2014


It's Peach Days in the Hurricane Valley this weekend, and one of the activities Tortoise chose was to join the 32 people you see above on the "Moderate" Hurricane Canal Trail walk.  We starting at 6:30 this morning.  The moderate walk started and ended at the trailhead about a half mile up state highway 59 adjacent to the telephone and radio towers.  The strenuous walk was a couple miles farther, started at the trailhead near the Virgin Dam, and ended at the same trailhead we used.  Tortoise had appointments at work and so needed to be done walking by 9 am.  He chose the moderate walk, but with 623 feet of climbing in steep conditions with loose rocks, some might consider this route strenuous as well.  Tortoise found the views to be well worth it, when you check out the pictures below, he hopes you will agree.

Total distance walked was 3.58 miles.  Yes that is 3 days in a row with exactly the same distance on completely different paths.  Between walking carefully with his famous "gaheep poles" and frequent photography stops, this walk took 2:01:30 hours.  Tortoise rating was 2.7; calories burned were 691.  In addition to the aforementioned pictures, by clicking below to continue reading there is also a map, video, and a thought from those who so kindly toiled to build this canal so we could have water today and live in this valley.  Tortoise thanks each of you who did this hard labor again and again!


Friday, August 29, 2014


Today's walk took Tortoise north into Zion View Estates, this view was taken near the halfway point at 6;42 am.  Total distance walked was 3.58 miles, with 117 feet climbed, in 58:39 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 5.4; calories burned were 585.  For a map, more pictures, and a thought by Jayne B. Malan heard while walking, please click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, August 28, 2014


Here's Tortoise's view halfway through today's 3.58 mile walk at 6:36 am.  He went up and back down 76 feet along the way in 58:36 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 5.7; calories burned were 587.  For a map, a parting thought from Victor L. Brown at the conclusion of 28 years of service as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and more, please click below to continue reading ...

Doug Jr., the biggest Alta Loma fan I know, will be pleased to recall an Alta Loma connection for Bishop Brown.  As for me, this good Bishop was one of the people I looked up to all while I was growing up.  More on that below as well.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


There's less variety walking early in the morning, as Tortoise tends to stick to well-lit paths.  The payoff is increased consistency ... for instance, had he waited to walk yesterday until after work, he wouldn't have because it rained hard and the lightning was striking harder, and in every direction.  This morning was cool, 61 degrees, damp from a night of rain, but now clear so that the temperature continued to drop somewhat as the walk continued.  It made for a delightful 3.33 mile walk, with 67 feet climbed, in 57:05 minutes.  The tortoise rating was 5.7; calories burned were 517.

For a map, a thought from Dean L. Larsen, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


It's school time again, and even before 7 am the children gather at bus stops along Tortoise's path to excitedly chatter as the prepare for another day ... Tortoise was in a bit of a hurry today, lots to do and not enough time to do it.  Doesn't sound very tortoise like but as long as he can maintain a steady pace he is pleased.  Walk was 3.25 miles with 74 feet climbed in 54:01 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 5.6; calories burned were 523.  For a map, a thought from Gordon B. Hinckley, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Monday, August 25, 2014


This morning's 3.65 mile walk took Tortoise through LaVerkin's confluence overlook neighborhood.  He climbed 83 feet along the way in 1:05:22 hours.  Tortoise rating was 5.6 and calories burned were 569.  For a map, a thought from a young looking Thomas S. Monson, and more, please click below to continue reading ...