"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, July 21, 2014


Sarah joined me for a meandering night walk through La Verkin.  3.69 miles with 100 feet climbed in 1:08:00 hours.  Tortoise rating:  5.6; calories burned:  577.  Please click below to continue reading for a map and more ...


Saturday, July 19, 2014

14-200 3/4

Somewhere around 6 pm, or three-quarters of the way through the day, Tortoise headed out with Chloe, Abigail, Nathan, and Sarah to ride the Zion Shuttle to the end of the line at the Temple of Sinawava and enjoy the Riverside Waik.  We went 2.00 miles round trip with 57 feet climbed in 46:00 minutes.  Tortoise rating:  5.2; calories burned: 320.  Please click below for more pictures and a map ...



Our stake does a yearly major service project on a Saturday near Pioneer Day.  In 2012 it was in Springdale, last year it was in Confluence Park, and today it was primarily in a new park in Trail Ridge Estates (basically Cholla Creek, but these homes are on the other side of La Verkin Creek).  I say primarily because I was sent with some other leaders to do clean up work at a home that had debris to the point that Toquerville City declared it a fire hazard.  However, the owner didn't want to let go of his items.  After some talking he let us do a few things and eventually became glad we were there.  That was a relief.

We were told the project would take until 11:30, but we had a good enough turnout that we were done about an hour early, and I noticed some new potentially interesting places to walk (such as the path pictured above) so I thought this would be a good time to do it.  It was warm when I started at 88 degrees and warmer (95 degrees) when I finished 1:48:16 hours later.  Thank goodness for the steady dry breeze, and that I had a string to hold my hat in place.

Tortoise walked 3.86 miles with 874 feet climbed.  Tortoise rating was 0.5 based on a pretty steady 10% grade for 1.66 of those miles and rocky conditions.  Not as extreme as the Brown's Point Trail, but it was a consistently rocky path.  Calories burned:  681.  Please click below to see a map and more pictures ...


Friday, July 18, 2014


Yes, this is on the way to work.  In fact this path was a quarter mile shorter than the one I used to walk home last night, at 3.47 miles.  There was 342 feet of climbing, which overall gave the walk a 4.2 tortoise rating on the uphill half.  Just for the record, 207 of those feet come in just 0.29 miles.  The 13.5% grade on that stretch would produce a tortoise rating of -0.7 (a rare, beyond tortoise walk!).  But the chairman of the tortoise path rating commission won't issue ratings lower than 4.1 for walks or segments shorter than a mile.  So we will just say that tortoise got a vigorous workout on his trek to work.  It took him 1:07:05 hours in mid 80s temperatures; he burned 545 calories.

I'm hoping Becca will get a smile out of the old time bridge shown above.  There's more pictures and a map waiting for you when you click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, July 17, 2014


I walked home from work tonight, you never know what you will see along the way on a given day.  Tonight I passed a guy running his guts out to get to first base in this game. Especially impressive as it was still 100 degrees a few minutes after 9. (It did cool to 95 by the time I arrived home at 10)  Seeing him run made the smiling tortoise smile more while going 3.71 miles with 224 feet climbed in 1:10:44 hours.  Tortoise rating in the 1.35 mile uphill portion was 4.5; calories burned 583.  For a map and more, please click below ...


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It was getting later and later, and no walk yet today, but lots and lots of fun with Doug Jr. and five of my grandchildren.  Among other activities, we played P.I.G. with the soccer net, generally without a goalie, but Roo loves being the goalie, so the game was continually improvised as we continued.  After much encouragement from Ledge I started my walk in circles around the field in between my turn to take shots on goal.  I detoured from the circles many other times ... just to be goofy grandpa.  Meanwhile the girls were swinging with vigor, and I took my circular walk over there as well.

Somewhat later after all the grandchildren had reached a state of slumber, Sarah went with me for another 2 miles to complete today's walk.  It totalled 3.75 miles with 99 feet climbed in 1:24:11 hours.  Tortoise rating on the 1 mile uphill portion was 5.1; calories burned:  624.  For several more pictures, a map, and commentary on the map, please click below to continue reading ...



Two walks today.  A short one at lunch, followed by a longer one after 10 pm with Sarah.  They totalled 2.67 miles with 67 feet climbed in 0:49:16 minutes.  Tortoise ratings:  6.0 and 5.5.  Calories burned:  421.  For maps and more, please click below to continue reading ...