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Updated on Dec 6th, 2013:
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Moved to Bondy Blogs

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The BondyWeb.Com is moving to a new domain, website and platform on 01 January, 2014.  The new website won't be any better for you, the reader.  But it will be better for me, the author, writer and maintainer of my personal website. 

This website, BondyWeb.Com, will remain active, readable and full of old great content but you'll not see any updates.
All updates, new posts and new stories can be seen on the BondyBlogs.Com website where my traditional rock hounding, gold panning and outrageous adventures will be chronicled.

So head on over to the website too see what's new:  http://bondyblogs.com/

Thanks,


Tim Bondy


Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 14:29

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

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The Bondy's from Mountain Home, Idaho wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.  For those who are a little more “non-traditional” we wish you a Merry Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 and a darn good year of 2014.  :-)

As the weather hasn't been cooperating, we haven't be out exploring at all.  Hard to find cool rocks, minerals and gems when they are covered in snow.  But I promise to lead you on more Idaho trips in 2014. 

This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho





Last Updated on Sunday, 22 December 2013 08:00

King Hill Idaho Mule Memorial

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We were out near King Hill, Idaho on Thursday November 21st, 2013 looking for a new place to rock hound and just to get out of town and the house.  We came upon an unusual structure and a memorial for a mule team called Tom and Jerry just off Old Highway 30.

What Does it Say?

HERE LIES TOM AND JERRY
MATCHED TEAM OF JET BLACK, FULL BROTHER, JOHN MULES
OWNED BY JIM AND JEAN BROOKS

TOM AND JERRY WERE TOGETHER THEIR WHOLE LIFE AND NOW IN THEIR FINAL RESTING SPOT.   TOM AND JERRY HAD MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING THEIR LONG LIVES.  IN 1986 THEY WERE HONORED TO PULL PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IN A WAGON AT THE CSI EXPO - TWIN FALLS IDAHO DURING A POLITICAL RALLY.  SURELY THIS IS THE ONLY TIME A REPUBLICAN WAS PULLED BY DEMOCRATIC MULES...


We'll let you head out to this spot and read the rest of the memorial and see Tom and Jerry's grave site for yourself.

Coordinates of Memorial:  42.970090, -115.156737    -   location is just my best guess as I didn't have my GPS unit on at the time.  But the coordinates will get you close.
 
Grave Site Yes, But the Other Structure Is?


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This structure is located right next to the grave site of Tom and Jerry.  Don't know if it's part of the memorial or something else.  Let me know if you have the answer.

Rock Hounding Results?
As this was a rock hounding exploration trip I feel it necessary to tell you we found nothing of interest but had a good time doing it.


This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho






Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2013 08:08

Rock Hounding Alder Creek Road of the Owyhee's

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Rock hounding off of Alder Creek Road south or Oreana, Idaho promised to be epic.  Or so I thought.  While the rock hounding wasn't great, the scenery, sense of exploration and future possibilities made this trip rather great.  In the 5.5 hours we were out in the desert, the sounds of a helicopter(s) off to the southwest for most of the day and the one truck we passed made it feel downright crowded out there. 

Pushing Further South Than Ever Before
This trip, on a warm Sunday November 10, 2013, started just off the Oreana Loop Road around 12:00 pm.  During our trip (click here to read about it) in this same area on Oct 27th, 2013 we only made it about 4.5 miles into the Owyhee Front due to the cool stuff we found.  On this trip, we decided to head further south and get more into what I'll call the old mining district of Castle Creek.  



Rocks Change and Change Again
The mixed-up cobble rocks of the first 4 miles we saw during our last trip gradually changed to a more white quartz based environment at the 5 mile point.  The change was easy to see even while riding on an ATV.  As a matter of fact, there were places where the shear amount and coverage of bright white quartz was pretty darn impressive.

We stopped for lunch, which was just a good excuse to rock hound, at the area where thick veins of the white quartz intersperse with pyrite/mica crossed the road.  While impressive looking, we found no real keepers during the walk up to the ridge to our west.  But the views from up there were quite nice.



By the time we got to the intersection of road and C701 and C707 down into Spiry Place, the rocks changed back to a more cobbly mix of  'leaverite' and much less white quartz.  We continued on C701 to the southwest and down into the Alder Creek canyon.  I'm beginning to think the buildings we discovered at the end of the road (for us) are old 1920's mining buildings.  If anyone knows, be sure to drop me a line...Please.

The Old Mining District of Castle Creek
The mining district, as seen on our topo maps, was our real goal for the day.  We figured there might be some cool rocks, gems and crystals to be had in this general area.  And if we could stay off “claimed and private lands”, we might come home with some excellent rocks. 



We searched low and high, wide and deep but couldn't find any really cool rocks.  We searched around old mine tailings, new tailings, streambeds, ridgetops and everywhere else where the topo maps showed mines and old prospects.  About the only thing we brought home from this area was one question.

What the heck were these miners seeing that made them dig deep into the dirt?

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
  • Remoteness:  4 Stars - While less than 15 miles from the town of Oreana, this is a remote place. 
  • Beauty:  3 Stars
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands:  2 Stars - lots of cow patties but human trash was all focused on the roadside for the most part. 
  • Rock Hounding:  3 Stars but the promise of a 5 star location could be just over the next hillside.  Frustration!
  • Wildlife:  2 Star - Birds, a snake and a few rabbits were seen on this trip. 
  • Overall Score:  3 Stars  
 
Links
View a map of the area at:  http://www.acme.com/mapper/?ll=42.93481,-116.42212&z=13&t=T

View some more photos at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/112532322025941965882/20131110?authuser=0&feat=directlink     (may not be accessible to everyone at all times...sorry)


This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho





Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:42

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