"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

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, October 24, 2014


It was an excellent two walk day.  There was a 1.67 mile walk halfway to work that had a nice hilly 4.1 tortoise rating, followed by a late night walk up a hill in La Verkin so Lou would have more than two miles for the day.  Once he got going, he kept going, so the total for the day was a respectable 3.23 miles.  Please click below for maps and today's walking thought by Howard Hunter, "The world would greatly benefit if ..."


Thursday, October 23, 2014


These new homes are going to get a great scenic view of Zion National Park and more, don't you think?  This picture was taken at the beginning of Tortoise's walk halfway home from work.  The totals of that, and the walk halfway to work in the morning, was 3.39 miles with 228 feet climbed in 1:03:29 hours.  Tortoise rating was 4.4 this morning and 5.1 this evening.  Lou (Tortoise's name, thanks to Doug Jr) burned a total of 531 calories on today's walk.  To learn more about Lou, please check out the updated masthead at the top of this blog.  Due to technical difficulties with HTML coding, there will be no maps today.  For two walking thoughts, please click below to continue reading ...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


There were four short walks today.  The flowers shown above looked extra nice on the last of the four.  They totalled 5.22 miles with 424 feet climbed in 1:41;40 hours, with 826 calories burned.  Tortoise ratings were 4.0, 4.8, 3.8, and 5.4.  Please click below today's walking thought, which includes the quote “If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.”, by Dallin Oaks.  Maps of each walk are also included.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It was a two walk day for Tortoise today.  He drove his dear lady to the Las Vegas airport so she could visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren far, far away.  Too far.

A short distance from the airport is this fine trailhead pictured above, located just south of Sahara on Lamb.  Tortoise parked nearby and headed out.  First order of business was to cross Lamb on the bridge pictured above and head west to the US 95/I-515 freeway, which was where Tortoise left the Flamingo Arroyo trail on his last adventure on it back on July 25 (It's worth clicking on that link just to see the picture of the Mighty Turtles one more time!).  Once that was done, he retraced his steps and then continued east with a plan to go as far as Nellis and return.  Tortoise made it most of the way before construction forced a retreat.  When you click below to continue reading, you'll see a picture of that along with other pictures, a description of the day's second walk, plus maps of both walks.  And today's walking message by William Bradford.  It includes the thought "Nothing suits the devil better than to become a silent partner with us."


Monday, October 20, 2014


Tortoise walked 2.27 miles around the hillsides of La Verkin tonight, delivering surprises ... one of the more enjoyable things he does.  This endeavor took him 47:32 minutes while climbing 95 feet.  This generated a tortoise rating of 5.3 and burned 365 calories.  Please click below for a map and today's walking message, "The Tongue Can Be A Sharp Sword", originally delivered in April 1992 by Marvin Ashton.


Saturday, October 18, 2014


Tortoise greets you this beautiful fall evening near the junction of the Basalt Trail and Chub Trace on the south side of the Virgin River looking west in Confluence Park.  Amazing what you can see in Washington County on a simple after work walk, especially when you add just an extra mile or two.  Today's walk totalled 5.59 miles with 446 feet climbed in 1:40:18 hours.  The tortoise rating was 4.3 and 872 calories were burned.   (Thanks to Tortoise's friends at www.mapmyfitness.com and their fine smartphone app that these numbers are easily available.  It's a free site, with a premium feature if you want it, and no, Tortoise is not an affiliate so this is truly just a shout out of thanks simply because it is used every day by this blog.

Please click below for a map, more pictures, a quick panoramic video, and today's walking thought that includes Gordon B. Hinckley's beautiful answer to a heartfelt letter from Virginia, along with a tribute to women!


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!