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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

High Winds and Dust Video in Mountain Home, Idaho


On Tuesday May 20th, 2008, Mountain Home, Idaho saw an extended period of high winds. The cause of these strong winds was a cold front moving through the area from Oregon. The main problem was the dense dust cloud and roof damage as winds in excess of 60 miles an hour were recorded in the Mountain Home area.

I took some pictures and a few video's from my backyard just before dinner. The pictures above is of a hill approximately ½ mile from my house. You can see how dusty it is in the top picture and then about an hour later the dust is gone.

This video shows just how windy it was on May 20th, 2008 in Mountain Home, Idaho. The video quality is terrible...sorry!


Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2009 09:54

Fossil Butte, Idaho?


Are there any fossils on Fossil Butte, Idaho


While looking for a place to explore this week, I found an interesting geologic feature between Murphy, Idaho and Grand View, Idaho. It's called Fossil Butte and is just off of Highway 78. We've poked around this area once already and found some great views just wandering along a hillside in this desert and sagebrushy place.

Snake near Fossil Butte Idaho

Does anyone out there in the Mountain Home or Boise area know if there are actually any fossils on or around this butte? Another important question is who owns this land.

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The only information I have found on the Internet about Fossil Butte is the place frequented by off road vehicles. Plus there appears to be plenty of lizards and snakes. If you have any information about Fossil Butte, let me know.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:10

War Eagle Speedway in Idaho



Keeping with the subject of this website "Life Off Interstate 84 in Idaho", I have a question. What happened to the War Eagle Speedway that was planned to be built off of Simco Road?

War Eagle Speedway and NASCAR in Idaho


The website for the War Eagle Speedway is pretty much inactive and I haven't seen any news in any Idaho newspaper.  I thought NASCAR was coming to our neighborhood.  This race track certainly would put Idaho and Mountain Home back in the news.  Anyone in Mountain Home or Boise have any information???

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:02

Danskin Lookout Trip – 10 May 2008


On this beautiful day in May 2008, we decided to head towards the Danskin Mountain Lookout located to the north of Mountain Home, Idaho. With temperatures at home in the mid-60's and “lightish” winds we were sure to have a great day exploring. We headed north out of Mountain Home on Canyon Creek Road and made our way onto Foothill Road and finally onto National Forest Road 167.

Foothhill Road from above

Armed only with the general idea of where we were headed we slowly climbed into the mountains on a pretty nice gravel road. The traffic was relatively heavy on the Forest Service Road as we encountered two trucks during this 25 mile trip out there. There were 4 trucks parked in the Case Creek Trailhead parking lot as we passed by and headed east towards the Outlook.

The road after the Case Creek Trailhead became a little rougher but still easily passable by a regular car “if you go slow”. The views along this portion of the road are just a beautiful as any in Idaho so it was quite an enjoyable drive. Just as the road bears to the south as it makes its way towards the Lookout, a small but formidable snowbank covered the road. We had to stop and hike the rest of the way to the Fire Lookout. I figured the lookout to be at least a 4 miles hike from where we parked the truck.

Snowbank blocking the Danskin Lookout Road on 10 May 2008
This is what the road looked like on May 10th, 2008

With no intentions of making the hike at this point in the day...3:00pm, we decided to hike up the road. We just wanted to see what was around the bend. This lead to the next bend and next bend in the road. We were quite glad we made the decision to head up the road on foot. The views to the east were fantastic. Being new to the area I didn't even know the town of Prairie, Idaho existed but we could see there was a town on a prairie off in the distance. Some day we will make it up to the Danskin Fire Lookout.

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On the way back home, the traffic was a lot heavier on Forest Service Road 167. A veritable traffic jam ...we must have seen 7 motorcycles and 4 pickups on the road back to Mountain Home. As we started heading down the mountains, we came to a spot where we got a great view of the valley floor. It was pretty hazy but it wasn't a stretch to pick out our home town from 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Mountain Home Idaho in the distance
Looking down on Mountain Home, Idaho

Notes: The gravel roads heading towards the Danskin Lookout are dry and passable. I was being sarcastic about the heavy traffic on this trip. From my trip south into Owyhee County where it has been rare to see another human, the traffic on this trip was relatively heavy. Also, don't count on signs to guide you to the Lookout. Get a good maps if you really want to know where you are going or just explore, discover and have fun finding out whats around the next corner.

See all the photos from this trip by clicking on the pictures below:




Links of Interest
1. Boise National Forest - Danskin Mountain OHV Area Info: Has a pretty good map link that opens in pdf format.
2. Y-Stop General Store in Prairie, Idaho website: This store is currently for sale so I don't expect the website link to be avaiable for long. Has a lot of pictures to view under the "Gallery Menu Link".


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:11

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