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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Mountain Home Idaho News and Adventures

King Mountain Hang Glider Championship


From July 14th through July 19th, 2008 you can watch some of the worlds best hang glider in action at the King Mountain Hang Glider Championship. The best part of this news is that you'll only have to travel about 165 miles from Mountain Home, Idaho to watch this event.

Mountain Home to Moore Idaho Hang Gliding

At the south end of the Lost River Range sits a southwest facing mountain. The height, orientation of the mountain and the wind and thermal conditions make this area one of the best places to hang glide. And you can watch a host of hang gliders launch off of King Mountain in their quest to grab the title "Champion Hang Glider".

King Mountain Hang Glider Championship

If you have a free day between Monday July 14th and Saturday July 19th, think about heading to Moore, Idaho to watch a sporting event most people have never seen. Just think, when these pilots step off the launch pad, the next time they set foot back on ground could be in places like Salmon, Idaho or Dillon, Montana. And if the conditions are correct, they could easily fly over 115 miles on the thermals and updrafts of Idaho.

Iadho Hang Gliders

For more information, visit the FlyKingMountain.Com website

Distance to this July 2008 event:
Mountain Home: 165 miles
Boise: 208 miles
Salt Lake City: 260 miles
Great Falls, Montana: 410 miles

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:46

Picture of Rainbow over Mountain Home


On Tuesday June 3rd, 2008 we had a weather system move through Mountain Home bringing thunderstorms and some heavy rain to the area. Around 8:00 pm I took this picture of a rainbow over Legacy Park.

Mountain Home Idaho June Rainbow

According to the Boise National Weather Service website and weather observation from Mountain Home Air Force Base, a cold front moved through our city around this time. The temperature during and just after the rainshowers were around 57F which I suspect is about 15 degrees cooler than normal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 09:41

Idaho Thundereggs Hunting Trip Report


On Monday May 26th, 2008 we headed out of Mountain Home towards Jackpot, Nevada for a rockhounding adventure. The day was dreary, rainy and cool but we didn't let that stop us. We were on our way to find some genuine Idaho thundereggs. Armed with a rake, shovel and a GPS unit we were ready to find our first real “rocks”.

What is a Thunderegg?
A thunderegg is a plum to grapefruit or bigger sized hollow core rock fill with agate material...or something like that. The only thing you need to know right now is they are quite impressive rocks when broken open.

Thunderegg found by the in Idaho

Watch the “Thunderegg Hunting in Idaho” video below.

If you cannot see the video above, see an explanation by clicking here.

The “Old” Rabbit Hot Springs Rest Area
When we found the general area we heard that thundereggs could be found, we parked the truck and stated walking. It took about 10 seconds before we saw signs that we were in the right area. Within 20 feet of our stopping point, we found hundreds or even thousands of broken up thundereggs just laying on the surface. The buried thundereggs are located throughout the area and can be found between 2 and 10 inches under the soil.

Disturbing the Soil
After digging up a small bag of thundereggs we wondered why we really needed to dig up any more of these incredible rocks. After all, there were plenty of broken up “eggs just laying on the surface so we collected the “easy pickin” and called it a day. It just didn't seem right to disturb the soil in this desert environment. Just something to think about when out in the wilds of Idaho. The decision is purely yours though.

Rock hounding north of Jackpot Nevada

Want to Know Where to Find Thundereggs?
Here is a link to the map

Miles from Mountain Home, Idaho: 130 miles or about 2:30 hours drive.
Miles from Twin Falls airport (TWF): 38 miles.
Miles from Boise Airport (BOI): 170 miles.
Ease of Find: Very easy to find the thundereggs

Related Links:
- Wikipedia information about Thundereggs.
- A College website with some info on thundereggs
- The Eureka Rock and Gem Club. Join us on the first Tuesday of every month to see if you'd like to get into rock hounding.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 00:36

Fossil Butte Trip Report


The top of Fossil Butte, Idaho

On May 24th 2008 we took a trip to the Rye Patch Road and Fossil Butte area southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. This area is only about a 60 minute drive from home. The weather was beautiful on the drive out but we could see some thunderstorms developing over the Owyhee Mountains. We parked on the side of Rye Patch Road and meandered along the hillsides. Our goal was to find some obsidian rock, enjoy the afternoon and explore.

Once we got on to the hillside we had a nice little rain shower accompanied by a long rolling clap of thunder over our heads. The rain shower passed to the north and the sun dried us out rapidly. We never did find any obsidian but we did enjoy hiking around this area.

See a slide show of our pictures by clicking here

We headed towards Fossil Butte which is a 5 mile drive to the west of Rye Patch Road or two miles "as the crow flies". The “dirt road” into Fossil Butte is rather narrow and the dirt is more like talcum powder. This road is not suited for a regular car as the ruts are rather deep in spots.

Fossil Butte is quite an impressive sight from Highway 78 but once you get up close, you understand its sheer size. The walk up the side of the butte may look imposing but it's a rather simple hike. The ground is littered with rhyolite type rocks ranging in size from a potatoes to the kitchen table.

Our dog on Fossil Butte Idaho
Not quite a fossil but almost as old

The only wildlife we saw on this day was a few local lizards and a few snakes hiding under sagebrush. We did see signs of deer, antelope and possibly a big cat type animal. Like most people our sights were set on what was in front of us but during a short rest, we turned around. The views from the side of Fossil Butte are spectacular so don't forget to take in all the surroundings when out and about.

Drive from Mountainin Home or Boise
Distance from downtown Mountain Home to Fossil Butte: 47.5 miles
Distance from the Boise Airport to Fossil Butte: 58 miles

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:47

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