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Review of Idaho's Elmore County Fair 2012

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(Thursday July 19th, 2012) If you don't understand small town charm, the Elmore County Fair in Glenns Ferry will school you in the way it used to be way back when and you'll be glad for the education. I certainly enjoyed "going to the fair" for the first time in a long time. Read on to find out more...

Elmore County Fair Art and Painting Display
Elmore County Fair in Glenns Ferry Idaho

Mid-Week and Early Bird Special
I drove into the Elmore County Fairgrounds on Thursday at 12:00 Noon. I paid the more than reasonable $3.00 entrance fee and parked in the grass covered parking lot. All in all it took 5 minutes from the time I drove into the fairgrounds to the time I was "in the fair". In short, attending midweek during the day means you will avoid the crowds but also miss some of the entertainment.

Other Information
Link to the Elmore County Fair Website:

Link to photo from my "Fair" trip:

What I Saw

  • The "Beef Showmanship& Market Quality" judging. At least I suspect that was what I was watching.
  • Talked with the owner of "Simple Life Farm Alpacas". Nancy Brletic obviously has a real passion for her alpacas as she answered every question I had about these cool "fiber" animals.
  • Walked through the sheep and pig pens. Something I haven't done since the 1990's in Montana.
  • Walked through the "Elmore County Fair Exposition Building". Saw the 4-H exhibits and the "local goodies" (produce, jellies, jams) displays. Most excellent part of the fair.
  • The Food Court and Merchant area. The food court was pretty cool with chefs from as far away as Lewiston, Idaho selling their delights.
  • I walked into the Carnival area that wasn't open for the day yet.

Overall Appeal of Fair
There is good news and bad news. The bad news started outside the fairgrounds. I expected signs and arrows pointing to the entrance to the fairgrounds. There just wasn't any real signage and that seems rather weird to me as it doesn't cater to the drive-by tourist?

The good news was the fair itself. I really enjoyed the displays in the exposition buildings and viewing all the animals. Going early was good for me in two ways. First, it was a little cooler than the "after 6:00 PM" heat of the day. And second, the crowds or lack of crowds made browsing through everything quite simple.

Thanks to All
I wish to thank all the people who worked countless hours to putting on a great show for this guy. Hopefully my readers will head out to Glenns Ferry before the Fair ends on Sunday July 22nd, 2012



This blog post is dedicated to the friendly and cool folks in Stanley, Idaho where I can find cool articles about businesses and things to do in that area.



Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2012 11:41

Gedney Wash and Agate at 4940 Feet

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Park off Idaho's Highway 51 for Adventure

The Bondyweb Adventure Team (Tim and Addie) took an exploratory hike for some rock hounding along Gedney Wash just off Highway 51 in Owyhee County on October 12th, 2013. I found what I'll call “opaque white agate” but not in Gedney Wash. This cool white rock was found roughly along the 4940 foot contour line on the north side of Peak 4972. And this is my story.

Cooler Weather Puts Owyhee County in Play
The recent cool weather and some rain opened up the cool weather hiking and exploration season of the vast mountainous high desert of Owyhee County. I haven't done a lot of rock hounding along Highway 51 but Gedney Butte and the nearby dry wash caught my attention when researching a trip on Google Earth near Grasmere, Idaho.

The self-named “Gedney Wash” is plainly visible on Google Earth and dry washes are usually pretty cool places to rock hound and explore. So off we went on a nice Saturday afternoon in October. Only 60 road miles south of Mountain Home, a quick turn-off Highway 51 and Addie the Plott Hound and I were were ready to explore.

Where is Gedney Wash?
Click HERE to see if you can find Gedney Butte, Peak 4972 and the “wash” on the topo map. Or you can use the coordinates N 42.47267 W 115.86971 and your own maps.


No rocks in Gedney Wash


Gedney Wash is a Mud Flat Without the Mud
Heading east on foot through the sagebrush steppe along a dirt trail was rather discouraging. The biggest problem was the lack of rocks. And I mean, there were no rocks in what I have to call a mudflat dry wash. Trash and cow patties didn't help matters any either.

Should I Stay or Should I Rock Hound Now
I had to get out of the dry wash if I had any hopes of finding cool stuff. The slight rise to our south was the last hope before I would head back to the car. If rocks didn't start showing up and interesting rocks at that, I was heading back. The first cool rock I found was a chalcedony frosted rock that keep me moving forward.


Peak 4972 of Owyhee County, Idaho


On the immediate horizon was a slight peak and we headed that direction. I found the occasional piece of “opaque white agate” in the lower elevations. As we drew close to mighty Peak 4972, there wasn't an interesting rocks to be had. We headed north and down towards Gedney Wash where I started finding some signs of the opaque white agate. We hiked side-hill and found a good supply of cool rock along the 4920 contour line on my GPS unit. Trying to stay at this elevation, we headed back to the car.

The Results

Rock hounding rocks washed and put away

Here is a picture of all the rocks I brought home. And what will I do with them? Into the rock garden I have out back as they are nothing special...but they are cool.

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse

  • Remoteness: 3 Stars - Highway 51 was visible almost the entire time. Otherwise this place is darn remote.
  • Beauty: 3 Stars - I have a soft spot for the desert.
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands: 2 Stars - Sporadic junk found along entire hike. Lots of cow patties too.
  • Rock Hounding: 3 Stars
  • Wildlife: 0 Stars - Saw a few birds and dried up deer, antelope pellets.
  • Overall Score: 2.5 Stars - Enjoyable but not going back again.

Link to More Pictures!877


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




Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:31

Idaho Wildlife Recreation – The Statistics

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When I think of Idaho I think of hunting, fishering, hikeing and outdoors people. Something I never thought
of are the numerous people who head out into the mountains or desert just to view wildlife. I'm one of those
people who will take off at a moments notice and explore, hoping to see some wildlife. But how many people
in Idaho actually are “wildlife watchers”?

Who hunts, fishes and watches wildlife in Idaho

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service did a survey on this subject...Wildlife watcher, hunters and people
who fish for recreation purposes. And the numbers may surprise you.

Who's Who
Before you can understand the numbers you'll have to understand the categories:

  • Anglers/Fishers are people who set out for the sole purpose of recreational fishing in Idaho.
  • Hunters are just that...hunters who hunt for the sole purpose of recreational hunting.
  • Wildlife Watchers include people who took trips or outings of at least 1 mile from their home for the primarypurpose of observing, feeding, or photographing fish and wildlife in Idaho.

How Many Participate in Idaho Wildlife Recreation?
The First Graph: this shows the total numbers of people who set out to hunt, fish or watch wildlife in Idaho.
These numbers include residents and tourist to Idaho. As you'll see, people who watch wildlife make up
almost 50% of the total numbers in Idaho. In other words the total numbers of hunters and fishers combined
almost equals the numbers of wildlife watchers.

The Second Graph (above): The numbers and graph above show a surprising fact. Hunting and fishing is becoming
less popular with time while the wildlife watching numbers have greatly increased in Idaho.

The third graph and more can be read by click "Read More" below

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2008 22:58

Elmore County Mystery Photo #1

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Where was this picture taken????????

Mystery photo 1 - Elmore County Idaho

Somewhere in Elmore County, Idaho
Taken on 15 November 2008 at 1:00PM.
Could be said 100/280 if seen from above.

Answer - Posted on 23 November 2008 with no correct guesses.

Red Baron Air Park is the answer
Click the icon for the answer


Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2008 22:47

Weather Statistics – Mountain Home, Idaho

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With the upcoming weekly forecast calling for dry conditions and no snow, I looked into what a normal year would look like in Mountain Home. It looks like we have already we have already gone over our normal 14.5 inches of snow for the season.

Raw Data for weather in Mountain Home, Idaho

MOUNTAIN HOME, IDAHO                          
Month in Mountain Home Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max. Temperature (F) 37.8 44.4 53.9 63.6 72.8 81.9 92.5 90.6 80.1 67.3 50.1 39.5 64.5
Average Min. Temperature (F) 19.5 23.9 28.5 34 41.2 48.2 55.1 52.5 43.5 34.6 26.6 21.1 35.7
Average Total Precipitation (in.) 1.27 0.95 1.03 0.88 0.93 0.72 0.31 0.23 0.49 0.76 1.17 1.24 9.97
Average Total SnowFall (in.) 5.4 3.3 1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 3.2 14.5

Graphs for Mountain Home Weather

Mountain Home Snowfall Totals
 Max Daily Temperature in Mountain Home
 Minimum Daily Temperature in Mountain Home Idaho
 Rain and Snow in Mountain Home Idaho

  All data from the National Weather Servic.  Data collection period is from the years 1906 through 2007.


Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 22:29

Dillon Montana Restaurant Review – The Lions Den

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On May 31st, 2010 we pulled in Dillon Montana.  We found our hotel...the Best Western Paradise Inn (see my review) and headed out for dinner.  I talked one of the locals on the street and she pointed us to the Lions Den.  

Lions Den Restaurant in Dillon Montana

We arrived at the Lions Den at about 5:15PM and found the restaurant uncrowded, clean looking and nicely decorated.  There was a rodeo in town on this day so the people already eating were dressed the part.  Actually is seemed like just stepped into a time warp back to the “Wild West”.  Most the of men and some of women wore cowboy hats and western clothing.  Or maybe this is just the normal Dillon Montana dress code?

The Food and Service
The Lions Den is a steakhouse, plain and simple.  But they also serve many other items so we decided to try their specialty hamburgers.  They were hot, fresh and tasted good and the sides were pretty good too.  Overall, the food would have resulted in a 3.5 star rating, but.  But the service was just not very good.  Maybe the waitress was new?  Maybe she was overworked?  Who knows, but it was way slow and there weren't a whole lot of customers in the section we were seated in.  I personally felt like an outsider crashing a personal party.  :-(

Lion's Den
725 North Montana Street
Dillon, MT 59725-8814
(406) 683-2051‎
Click here for a link to more info

In short, if you want good food, the Lions Den restaurant is a place you might want to try if you are ever in Dillon, Montana.  Hopefully you'll get better service than we did.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this business article.

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 June 2010 05:39

Brian Schad 2nd Congressional District Press Release

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Brian Schad, an Independent cadidate for the 2010 general election recently contacted me and asked that I post this press release on the Bondyweb website.  So here it is!

Brian Schad candidate for Idaho Congress
** Press Release **


Contact: Brian Schad, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dear Reader,

My name is Brian Schad and I am Idaho's 2nd CD Independent Candidate for this year's general election in November. Like many of you, I have become disillusioned with our federal government, our federal elected leaders, and the unsustainable financial path we are traveling as a country. I have stopped talking politics and began talking about "solutions" last year.

Around that time, I learned how my federal representative - one that I have repeatedly voted for in the past - has broken away from conservative principles and values important to Idaho. Having served our nation's armed forces for 12 years previous, I have made the commitment to once again return to the service of my country with the very same intensity of purpose I put into being a Navy SEAL to protect my country. It is that resolve I'll put into being the peoples' advocate for Idaho's Second Congressional District in the effort to restore our federal government back to "by the people, for the people."

I want all of my Idaho neighbors to know there are three of us in this Congressional race, so instead of voting for the lesser of two evils - as perhaps done in the past- if you like my message, you can now "vote your conscious" in November.

** Press Release **

Please download and read Brian Schad's "open letter" to our Idaho Second Congressional District Representative, Mike Simpson


Click to download or read on-line.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this Idaho political article.



Tim Bondy

The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 08:23

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