"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

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Tortoise took some time today to process Glen's passing, but couldn't take too much as it is a quarterly payroll and sales tax deadline day and three of them made it to his desk with special issues he needed to help figure out how to resolve.   He blew off some steam by walking to work up the hilly route, 3.27 miles with 224 feet climbed in 1:05:46 hours in 99 degree sunny conditions.  Tortoise rating:  4.8; calories burned:  516.
For a map and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Yeah, the tortoise walked today, we'll get to that in a bit after we talk about Glen Worthington Beecher, my brother, who passed from this life this afternoon at age 59.  We don't know a lot about his passing yet, his body is on its way to Salt Lake now for an autopsy and then we'll know more.  We do know he was in pain the past week or so, and had difficulty breathing.  But he didn't choose to go to a doctor for it, that's partly why the autopsy.

Rather than dwell on what we don't know, Tortoise will focus on what we do.  Glen was a gifted artist, and got great joy from thousands of hours doing mostly portraits with pencil and paper as a young man.  My mother has one he did of President Kimball that has always really seemed to capture his spirit.  He had a special love of comic book and cartoon characters in general and Superman in particular, and could make short work of drawing an amazing likeness of any of them.

Pictured above at age 13 with me at our Aunt Karen and Uncle Bob's house in what was called Granger then and is part of West Valley City now, he already was well on his way with this talent.  (My thanks to Jodi Stevenson for keeping track of this picture and sharing it)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Greetings, as the tortoise passes the American Legion building in Hurricane on his walk home from work tonight.  3.29 miles with 213 feet climbed in 1:01:03 hours.  Tortoise rating was 4.7 on the 1.48 mile uphill portion of the walk; 515 calories were burned.  For a map and tonight's instrumental gem, please click below to continue reading ...


Monday, July 28, 2014


I found myself in St. George at the end of the work day.  It was threatening rain and breezy, which actually made for pretty nice walking conditions for late afternoon in July.  I parked at Cottonwood Cove Park on Dixie Drive, and headed out on the Santa Clara River Trail, first by heading down to Star Nursery to pick up where I left off on June 13.  Following this I retraced my steps, then walked through the park and took some nice pictures.  I also discovered that the trail pretty much ends at the top of the park, so I continued with a magical mystery walk on various sidewalks to complete a 4.29 mile roundtrip walk in 1:19:20 hours, climbing 146 feet in the process.  Tortoise rating was 5.6; calories burned were 671.

When you click below to continue reading, you'll find those nice pictures along with a map ...


Saturday, July 26, 2014


I did the 8:00 temple session tonight; when I finished I walked up the hill and got some exercise and nice views.  2.46 miles with 305 feet climbed in 51:22 minutes.  Tortoise rating:  3.8; calories burned:  395.  For a map and more pictures, please click below to continue reading ...


Friday, July 25, 2014


Now there is a high quality school mascot!

I drove to McCarran Airport in Las Vegas this morning to take Sarah, Chloe, Abigail, and Nathan to their flight home to Florida and Willyne to hers to Boston to begin her odyssey west with Becca to Roosevelt.  When each of them got boarded on their flights I watched and waved until their planes were tiny dots in the sky and then reluctantly headed to the car.  I think it took me all of 3.2 seconds to miss them.

Tortoise especially appreciates his walks at times like these, so he headed over to the Pecos-McLeod Trailhead where the Flamingo Arroyo Trail begins an 8.6 mile path along the path of a wash that has been turned into a storm control ditch.  I followed it until I reached the US 95 trail (which literally goes along the side of this busy freeway for around 3 miles.  When I reached Twain, I switched to city sidewalks to return to my starting point.  I passed the school pictured above when I had about a mile left to drive to the trailhead from the airport, and of course, had to stop!

The walk totalled 5.03 miles with 141 feet climbed in 1:42:33 hours.  Tortoise rating was 5.9, but the distance qualifies us for our sixth Benjamin Category Override to an even 5.0 rating.  It was 97 degrees and humid (just rain already!) so I will agree with the override.  :-)  Please click below for a map and more pictures ...


Thursday, July 24, 2014


Happy Pioneer Day to you!  It was busy for me, and fun.  Did you ever think you'd see Muriel Church on an ATV, for example?  I started the day at La Verkin's festivities, then went to Toquerville, then hung out at home for awhile, losing two Risk games in the process, but then that's pretty normal when I play Risk these days.  Around 4 I headed up to Springdale for the rest of the day, and while there I got in a 2.00 mile walk with 100 feet climbed in 40:00 minutes.   Tortoise rating:  4.9; calories burned:  320.  There is no map today, my phone ran out of battery and it got lost in the process.  However, I have a lot of pictures that I think you will enjoy when you click below to continue reading ...