"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!

Friday, July 29, 2016


Mile 591.  Such a glorious walk!  Tortoise was joined by seven of his grandchildren, plus Fredericksen, Wounded Duck, and Darin on a walk down La Verkin Creek from the Confluence Trail to the Virgin River.  Just upstream on the Virgin River is a sizable sandbar that Lou's grandchildren think is the greatest island playground around!  

After two lovely hours the happy crew returned home.  That walk was 1.6 miles, so Tortoise did a supplemental walk "around the block" to the nearest ballfield and back so that he would complete at least two miles for the day.  On that one, he was accompanied by thoughts from David Bednar ...


Thursday, July 28, 2016


Mile 588.  Tortoise started walking as the final rays of sunlight disappeared.  It was still somewhere between 100 and 102 degrees, down from at least 108 earlier in the day.  It has been unusually hot this week, even for La Verkin in July. 

There were benefits though.  Lou would have never seen these pretty lights and flags if he had walked another time of the day.  Thank you!  

This evening's thoughtful inspiration came from Richard Scott ...


Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Mile 585.  Tortoise is shown enjoying a welcome moment of shade about halfway through today's walk,  It was taken midafternoon while waiting for the computers to be networked in the new office.  A "free sauna" walk if you will. Depending on which source you believe, the temperature was between 109 and 111 and possibly felt like 114.  Lou simply calls it "100 and hot" whenever it rises into three digits.  His water bottle was warm but still quite welcome along the way!  The walking thought was by Quentin Cook ...


Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Mile 581.  It was a quick walk up the hill from the old office and back today, before continuing with the move.  They are making good progress on the new homes across from Hurricane Elementary School, as you can see.  Today's walking thought was by David Baxter, complete with a pleasant Scottish accent ...


Monday, July 25, 2016


Mile 579.  It was warm and hazy when Tortoise went walking around 10 am on this semi-holiday in southern Utah.  Semi-holiday because the actual holiday was yesterday, most of the celebrations were Saturday, but state and local government offices and the banks are closed today.  And Lou's office is in the middle of moving.  At the moment the next step is for Century Link to move the phone line to the new place so the office tech guy James can connect them there.  It was a good opportunity to get sweaty and walk somewhere he hasn't been in a few weeks.  Today's thought while walking was provided Ulisses Soares ...


Saturday, July 23, 2016


Mile 575.  Nothing like a hometown Pioneer Day parade to bring out folks for a pancake breakfast and water games on a warm morning!  Tortoise walked to the parade start, then up the hill and over to Wanlass Park to the activities there, and then back home.  A thought was provided by Robert Hales ...


Friday, July 22, 2016


Mile 573.  Office moving day.  After over 15 years in the same location, Tortoise's office is moving a couple miles west to new quarters.  As they say, "adventure is out there", so off he is going to find it!

It was still quite warm close to 10 pm, when Lou called it a day at the office and started walking up the hill before heading home.  This evening's walking thought was by Jeffrey Holland ...