"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!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Mile 705.  Since he walked the Owen's Loop Trail on August 24, with its terrific views from an observation point like setting, Tortoise has been excited to try the City Creek Trail nearby.  From the maps, it looks like a good way to walk through the country cars drive through on Red Hills Parkway without being right next to the cars -- at least for one direction of a loop.  

It is that, and more.  It turns out to be a popular training ground for cross country runners with its up and down meandering path, which consumes mileage without actually going very far.  Lou generally differs from most hikers with regards to switchbacks.  He would prefer to walk farther if it keeps slopes to below, say, 10%.  As you will see a little later on the trail map, the City Creek Trail takes switchbacks to an extreme.  A couple times the trail actually goes up and down in a segment more than if it took the direct route instead of a long switchback.  This left Tortoise amused.  He still enjoyed this walk though.

The day's walking thought was by Carl Cook ...


Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Mile 701.  Tonight was an opportunity for one of Lou's favorites:  a shaded walk through part of Confluence Park.  There's a map, a picture revealing the reappearance of "Grandpa's Island" in the Virgin River just before the confluence, and the day's walking thought by Ian Ardern for your reading pleasure this evening ...


Monday, September 5, 2016


Mile 697.  Tortoise went exploring new places to walk this evening.  He started just across the highway from his office, walking up 2600 West as far as 600 North, then turning left down the hill to the Peregrine Pointe neighborhood that is a work in process.  From this turnaround point, Lou returned, following slightly different roads.  He was accompanied by the thoughts of Neil Andersen ...


Saturday, September 3, 2016


Mile 694.  Look at that orderly line of ducks!  They waddled right past Tortoise in that line; the fact that he was standing right there did not bother them in the least.  What a joy!

The day's walking thought was by David Bednar ...


Friday, September 2, 2016


Mile 690.  Floryne is in the midst of walking 80 miles between now and her 80th birthday a few months from now.  Her planned adventure today was to purposely park a mile or so away from Peach Days, then walk in to see the exhibits and hug her great-grandchildren.  Tortoise started out from his office a half hour or so ahead of that with the idea of meeting her at her starting point and walking the last stretch with her.  This plan went well until shelter needed to be sought under a tree from a sudden downpour.  Willyne wound up providing a ride from that point.  It was nice while it lasted!  The walking thought along the highway was provided by Dieter Uchtdorf and might have some interest to Darin and other astronomers (or thinkers in general) who happen upon it ...


Thursday, September 1, 2016


Mile 688.  Lou enjoyed last night's walk enough to do it again today, but just enough earlier to see things a little better along the way.  The Boredom Committee will have fun distinguishing the minor differences in the two walks.  Perhaps Tortoise is in danger of receiving a green card.  He is quaking in his boots on that one, ha!  Today's walking thought was provided by Boyd Packer ...


Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Mile 684.  Here's looking at the start of Tortoise's sunset walk, looking west near his office.  He then headed east through the adjoining neighborhood, joining the sidewalk adjacent to State Road 9 from 2000 until 1760 West.  Lou then walked south on 1760 to its junction with the looping and misspelled Rlington Parkway at 400 South.  This evening's loop was completed by climbing the hill along said meandering parkway until reaching 150 South.

Upon Tortoise's return to 2600 West and the impending completion of his walk at almost exactly three miles, he impulsively added a little more by walking the nearby 100 South cul-de-sac before calling it good.  His experience was enhanced this evening by a walking thought by Jose Alonso.  There is also a bonus feature, an attempt at a list of shaded walking places requested by reader @valianne.  Tortoise enjoys responding to reader requests ...