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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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Fishing in Idaho - Take a Survey

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Idaho Fish and Game Survey

The Idaho Fish and Game folks are looking for your opinions. If you fish or call yourself an “Idaho Angler”, you can take a rather longish survey to help shape what our streams, rivers, reservoirs and lakes will look like in the future.

Survey Link:

It took me about 5-10 minutes to complete the Fish and Game survey but I think it's worth the time and effort. Head over to the link above and do your part to improve your Idaho fisheries.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:46

Strange Find in Owyhee Desert

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Recently, I was on a rock hounding trip south of Grand View, Idaho in the Owyhee Desert when I came upon a weird and unidentified man-made structure. Can you tell me what this thing is?

Strange Structure
Photo of strange Owyhee structure
Photo of the strange structure from the front, looking into it.

Dog for Scale
My Plott Hound gives some scale to the Owyhee structure
Addie, my dog is featured to give some scale to this strange structure. She is about 3 feet from nose to butt and stands about 2 feet from ground to top of her back.

Under the Roof
Looking under the Owyhee structures roof
Concrete base with some type of “turkey baster” or suction device lying in the bottom of the basin. Obviously the picture was taken on a slant so you have to adjust for this “oops Kodak moment”.

Location of Structure

What the heck is that thing? Leave a comment or use my Contact Us form if you have an answer.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2012 08:52

John Hoffman Reservoir Near Mountain Home Idaho

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The John Hoffman Reservoir is located about 6 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho yet I doubt many people have been there.  I have seen this agricultural reservoir from the nearby Bennett Hills and the peak of Teapot Dome but never took the plunge and walked out there.  Finally on October 20th, 2013 the BondyWeb Adventure Team of Tim and Addie the Plott Hound made it out there.

 (Click to get a bigger version of this photo of the Hoffman Res Outlet)

It's Dry and Rather Uninteresting
I admit it...the area around this reservoir is rather boring and even worse, the John Hoffman Reservoir was completely bone dry.  The prerequisite cow patty mess is unavoidable and the ever present acres of non-native cheatgrass latches onto socks, shoes and any cloth items is comes in contact with.

But if one doesn't look too close, this walking spot is actually rather nice.  First of all, it's close to home for a quick Sunday afternoon, walk the dog spot.  The sweeping views of the Bennett Hills, Danskin Mountains, solitude and local desert make for a better than an in-town walk.  Maybe a return in the springtime would be a good idea to see a full reservoir?    

 (Click photo for a larger version)

Failure of Technology
Technology let me down today.  Digital photos of the bone dry reservoir and shots of a mostly decomposed cow carcass were corrupted and not viewable.  My recorded Garmin Oregon 500t GPS track was mysteriously off by 100-1,500 yards.  I use the GPS track to Geo-sync my photos and my photos were obviously misplaced.  A problem that is easily remedied with the geomarking feature of a program called “Picasa Photo Album”.   


 (The above photo is quite large and clear.  Go ahead and click it for the big version)

Map Link:,-115.58784&z=15&t=T&marker0=43.18565%2C-115.58784%2C10.2%20km%20NE%20of%20Mountain%20Home%20ID

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Remoteness:  2 Stars
Beauty:  1 Stars
Cleanliness of Our Lands:  1 Stars - Sporadic junk found along entire hike. Lots of cow patties too.
Rock Hounding:  0 Stars
Wildlife:  1 Star - Birds and lots of them plus much dried up deer, antelope pellets.
Overall Score:  1 Star
Remember, this is an Adventure Score and not a enjoyment score.  


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




Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 19:55

Clams, Rams and Badlands Near Browns Creeks of the Owyhees

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(27 October 2013) A rock hounding exploration trip into the Castle Creek and Browns Creek area south of Oreana, Idaho turned out much better than could have been expected.  We did this trip on our ATV's during a beautiful early Fall Sunday in October 2013.  The rocks, solitude and hounding potential has me itching to head back to this area and forge further into this lesser explored area of Idaho.

Bighorn Sheep Runs

Just to get this out in the light of day...I've never seen a bighorn sheep in wilds of Idaho so it was kind of exciting and a “day-maker” getting to see one of these majestic beasts.  The area we were in is known for bighorns but I've come to realize these shy animals aren't easy to spot most of the time.  So when I saw what I thought was an elk by the canyon rim I smiled.  But once the bighorn started running, I could easily see the big curl on his head.  As they say “pictures or it didn't happen”, so I'll be heading out that way again...soon.

Clams in a Sandstone Matrix
Another discovery on this trip were the clam and other types of old seashells we found on a hillside.  The shells or maybe I should call them fossils? were mostly embedded in sandstone near the top of a peak closer to Castle Creek than Browns Creek.  

This obviously well known area (except to me) has a dirt road leading up to a saddle just below the peak.  The area is strewn with broken rocks where other searchers of fossils have left there mark.  Not that finding fossils out in this area should amaze anyone but finding obsidian mixed in around these sedimentary rocks might.  Volcanism and sandstone seem to be oxymoronic to me.

Want the location of this spot?  I'll barter for info on one of your rock hounding spots in southern Idaho.  As it says in the Bible (Rock Hounding Bible), “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a lat/long for a lat/long”.

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Badlands Are BadA$$
Spent time in the Badlands of North and South Dakota and found them cool to see.  But you expect them to be there and their scale is pretty amazing.  But in southern Idaho?  I'm coming to enjoy our limited Badland areas more and more each year.  I'm now to the point of thinking our badlands are just plain bada$$ and want to further explore these areas.  Of course it helps when the lighting is just right so it highlights their cool color schemes. 

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
  • Remoteness:  4 Stars - Hunting season on a Sunday with great weather and not one other person, car or ATV seen the entire trip.
  • Beauty:  4 Stars
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands:  3 Stars - Sporadic junk but cow patties seemed to be missing in many places :-)
  • Rock Hounding:  4 Stars
  • Wildlife:  4Stars - Bighorn Sheep?  That's an auto 4 Stars +
  • Overall Score:  4 Stars
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This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:39

Idaho is a Cheesy State – The Stats

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Cheese Statistics - Idaho

Idaho is cheesy and so is Wisconsin and California. But it not what you think. Idaho is the third “cheesiest” state in the United States. I was surprised to find out from the Department of Agriculture that Idaho ranks 3rd in the US for the total production of cheese for September 2008.

Mountain Home's Marathon Cheese Corp

The Idaho Cheese City?
Could Mountain Home, Idaho be considered the “Cheesehead Capitol” of Idaho? Why not! We have the Marathon Cheese factory located right here. Can you think of any other city in Idaho that has a the cheesy resources we have?

When I Think Cheese
When I think of “cheese”, I use to think of Wisconsin, Vermont, and New York cheeses. I don't think that anymore. Here are the cheese statistics.

Third Place
As you see above, Idaho ranks third in total cheese production but I wouldn't expect us to jump in the Cheese Rankings any time soon. We'll have to settle for being the third cheesiest state. But I can live with that.


Last Updated on Sunday, 09 November 2008 00:23

Elmore County Mystery Photo #2

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Where was this photo taken????????
Elmore County Idaho Mystery Photo Two

30 acres but no mules.
Has a course of course.
Has French type products and at times, lots of kissing.
Eichholz walked this land.

Answer: Three people from Mountain Home knew where this picture was taken. About 14 people total sent in a guess.

The answer
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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 December 2008 11:10

Trees of Elmore County Idaho

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Take a walk through the mountains of Elmore County! What type of trees will you find? Can you tell the difference between a Douglas Fir and a Ponderosa Pine? Have you even heard of a tree called an Engelmann Spruce?

Here is what the US Forest Service found in Elmore County when it comes to the shear number of trees in our area.


Tree Species Tree Numbers
Douglas-fir 15,867,448
Ponderosa 14,310,241
True fir 22,127,135
Engelmann spruce 89,044
Lodgepole pine 2,112,845
Other 2,792,734
Cottonwood and aspen 15,943,271



Read About the Trees in Elmore County
Douglas Fir:
Ponderosa Pine:
Engelmann Spruce:
Lodgepole Pine:
Aspen Tree:


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2009 09:27

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