"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!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Mile 681.  It was 101 degrees at quitting time today, warm enough that Tortoise wanted to find a walking place that was a little shaded and mostly flat.  He chose the Virgin River trailhead at the Sullivan Soccer Park on Washington Fields Road as his starting point.  Lou walked round trip from there to the new "Hell Hole" trailhead.  He got his hill in all at once in a 12% grade near that new trailhead.  It actually isn't new, but the sign is.  

It was a nice walk, you'll enjoy the pictures and Thomas Monson's walking thought ...


Monday, August 29, 2016


Mile 678.  Lou took a late lunch hour after visiting with a client near Hurricane's center point.  He parked his car a short distance from the city park and set out on a loop route  ending near the cool green scene you see above.  Most of the way was not so cool -- 99 degrees.  Tortoise likes the benefits of the free sauna [smiles].  Walking thought today was by Whitney Clayton ...


Saturday, August 27, 2016


Mile 674.  Tortoise dedicates today's highlighted picture to Kate.  She will know why.  Lou closed out his walking week by going to the west end of La Verkin's Center Street, then dropping down the Cactus Cliff trail so he could get a hill by climbing back up.  The island in the river has not reappeared yet, but patience!  Tortoise is confident it will.  After the hill, Lou meandered on various streets to make his way home, picking up some nice sunset views along the way.  Walking thought was by Barbara Thompson ...


Friday, August 26, 2016


Mile 671.  The sign has been unveiled at the State Road 9 trailhead into Confluence Park.  A good reason for Tortoise to return!  He saw three deer hanging on to the cliff high above the muddy, debris filled Virgin River following this afternoon's thunderstorm.  The deer were doing fine.  Tortoise watched them in amazement at their climbing ability.  After that he listened to a fine thought by Richard Scott and took more pictures ...


Thursday, August 25, 2016


Mile 667.  Here's a view on the continuation of the Highland Trail on the Washington Black Ridge past the neighborhood park.  Lou succeeded in completing the walk he cut short on August 10, although there were still interesting looking clouds moving his way that brought rain and lightning a little later.  The trail shown above continues until it reaches the Coral Canyon Trail near the water tank visible on the adjacent Interstate 15.  Tortoise then completed the look by taking the Western Ledge Trail to its end and then following Coral Canyon neighborhood sidewalks back to his waiting car.  He's included a map along with more pictures and the walking thought by Elaine Dalton ...


Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Mile 664.  Lou has wanted to walk the Owens Loop trail for probably a year now, since he discovered its existence in the rugged terrain of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, yet within the St. George city limits and the promise of excellent views from its perch 300 or so feet directly above the city.  It did not disappoint!

Pictures and the day's walking thought by Mary Cook await ...


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Mile 661.  Once again Tortoise is thankful that healing rains are blessing his valley.  The rain itself wouldn't deter him, but the lightning is another matter, so he kept his walk to a minimum two miles.  There's still some nice pictures, and a thought by Ann Dibb  ...