"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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Tortoise greatly enjoys the varied scenes he is blessed with as he walks.  Near the midpoint of this evening's walk we have the classic ballfield view ... with the extra bonus of very colorful clouds and Zion Park's West Temple in the background.

Today's walk came in three parts:  A half-mile round trip to accept my sister's invitation to lunch followed by another half-mile round trip to the bank and completed with a three mile loop to the American Legion ball fields and back.  Totals were 4.21 miles with 223 feet climbed in 1:22:29 hours.  The first two segments were essentially flat, while the tortoise rating on the uphill 1.54 mile portion of the final segment was 4.7.  Calories burned were 662.

For a thought from Helvecio Martins, a map, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Tonight's picture goes along with today's thought rather than today's walk ... but there's a map along with that thought when you click below to continue reading.  In passing, that walk was 2.89 miles with 52 feet climbed in 48:37 minutes.  Tortoise rating was 5.7; calories burned were 460.


Monday, September 15, 2014


Welcome to late night on the 600 North shared bike/walk path with the Tortoise ... after e-filing entity tax returns right up to the midnight deadline, Tortoise headed out on a minimum 2.04 mile walk in which he walked a mile and just a little more, then retraced his steps, climbing 139 feet in 31:39 minutes in the process.  Tortoise rating was 4.8 and calories burned were 352.

You can read a thought from Neal Maxwell along with a peak at Tortoise's daily map by clicking below to continue reading ...


Saturday, September 13, 2014


Tortoise is loving this view of the sun rising through the clouds over La Verkin and the Virgin River as he completes his 4.26 mile walk to work.  He climbed 272 feet on the way in 1:24:34 hours. Tortoise rating was 4.8 and calories burned today were 670.  For a slide show to music and a thought from Glenn Pace, please click below to continue reading ...


Friday, September 12, 2014


If you look carefully in the lower portion of the picture you will see the burning H on the hillside ... it's Homecoming night at Hurricane High.  It was fun to look at much of Tortoise's 3.79 mile walk home.  He climbed 243 feet along the way in 1:07:42 hours.  Tortoise rating on the uphill half was 4.8 and 591 calories were burned.  A map and Michaelene Grassli await you when you click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, September 11, 2014


La Verkin.  A beautiful sight as Tortoise neared home tonight after work.  He started his walk by going to the bank, then retraced his steps and continued home along the most direct path following Hurricane's 600 North.  Totals were 3.62 miles with 184 feet climbed in 1:09:50 hours.  Tortoise rating was 5.1 and 568 calories were burned.  Please click below for a map and a James Faust thought based on "One of the advantages of having lived a long time is that you can often remember when you had it worse."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Tortoise got great exercise climbing 430 feet on a segment of his 3.26 mile walk tonight, as shown in the video slide show above.  Total time was 1:17:27 hours on this 1.9 tortoise rated path, which got an extra tortoise for the abundance of loose rocks throughout the walk.  557 calories were burned on this attempt to find a more gradual way down from the Overlook on the LaVerkin Scenic Loop trail Tortoise dreams of getting his city to create.  His initial reaction is that the search continues.  This path was still quite steep and rocky, making it easy to fall.

For a map and a genuinely kind parting thought from Barbara Winder, please click below to continue reading ...