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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 http://bondyblogs.com  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

 
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The Unique Idaho Ghost Town - Silver City

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This article was written in August 2012 for another website I created.  Unfortunately, that website and idea went the way of the dinosaurs.  But it still fits the bill for including on the Bondyweb, don't you think? 

Silver City Idaho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does unique have to be small or just a cool idea? Or can it be big, like a ghost town in southwestern Idaho? I think Silver City, Idaho, in Owyhee County needs to be classified as unique in a big way. Read on to find out why...

The Road to Silver City isn't Paved


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Toni, Addie and I or the entire Bondyweb Adventure Team team headed up into the Silver City Mountain for a visit to this bustling ghost town only 50 miles south of Boise. That's 50 miles as the crow flies but on this trip we decided to go by Arctic Cat ATV at least for the rougher parts of the journey.

The road to Silver City can get rather rough but by Idaho standards, it's darn near as smooth as a State Highway :-) With about 20 miles of dirt/gravel roads it's suitable for almost any car that has some tread left on the tire. In our opinion, all the rough and tumble driving is worth it just to see and experience Silver City.

Take the Video Tour

 

 

See the Photo's in a Slideshow
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Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 05:38

Post Card from Fall 2013 in Mtn Home Idaho

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Summer left in late September 2013 but right on schedule. What is left in its wake is a veritable smorgasbord of rich colors, cool weather and new opportunities for recreation.

Photo Info

  • Taken on: October 6th, 2013
  • Location: East 14th North Street in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Camera: Samsung S3 Phone Camera

 

Check back soon for more interesting stuff from my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:14

Hope You Had a Great Halloween 2013

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Addie enjoyed Halloween 2013.  Thanks to all the parents and children who came by, got some treats and petted my knuckle-headed dog.  She loved it!

Hopefully we'll see you next year.







Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:01

Congrats Councilman Urquidi and Schroeder But...

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It's official!  Geoff Schroeder and Rich Urquidi beat out Alain Issac for the two at-large seats on the Mountain Home City Council.  As the local newspaper seemed to indicate, we [the people] win no matter who gets elected for these city council seats? http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/kellyeveritt/entry/55574/

Seems like just yesterday the Mountain Home News, which is our local newspaper was saying we need new blood on the City Council.  Oh...that might have been said in 2011 when I was running for a council seat and I was new blood.  But they didn't endorse me for some reason.  And 2 years later, the same folks are saying the old blood is a sure winner for everybody? 



Embarrassing but only about 43 650 people showed up for this election.  And why would, we the people, care who our next city councilpeople will be?  They don't do anything important other than guide where our city will be heading in the next year...or so.  So are, we the people, really winners no matter who become a city councilperson?  Maybe, but consider the following:

  • Mountain Home and Elmore County can again boast women have been purged from the Council/Commissioner ranks.
  • About the same amount/percentage of people voted in this election than volunteered to be infected with Hepatitis B at a recent gathering at a prison in Aleppo, Syria as reported by CNN.  Impressive!
  • This was the first time in the history modern politics where the total number of candidate campaign signs could be counted on 2 hands and one foot (15 if that was too complex for you).
  • Their agenda?  How about a candidate platform?  Or “what you got up your sleeve for the next 4 years” while helping govern the City of Mountain Home?  A website explaining any of this?  Nah...who needs any of that type of communication.

It all boils down to this!  The total amount of communication between candidates and the electorate was about 1.5 hours in a small meeting room at the library on an evening in mid-October.  I call that a big win for the people, don't you?

P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C. 



Mayor Issac Right Now or in 2 Years
The current lame duck Mayor, Tom Rist, has said he will not be running again, leaving his leather bound chair up for grabs in 2015.  Well, why not just appoint outgoing Mountain Home City Councilperson Alain Issac as the next future Mayor.  We'd save time, energy and the money it cost to hold an election.

I'm serious about this.  It's become abundantly clear we the people think we will be the big winners just because the local newspaper says so.  And for the record, I think Alain would make a very good elected Mayor if the 43 people voting in the next election agree. 


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




Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 20:54

Large Chunk of Boise National Forest Opens

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It's Open Mostly
A large area of the Boise National Forest to the north and northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho has been closed to all types outdoor recreation since the Sept 2013 wildfires.  As of Thursday November 6th, 2013 most of the area is now open to recreation, but not all. 



Seeing is Understanding.  A Picture is Worth a 1000 Word

Here are a few ways of visualizing this reduced fire closure area for our local Boise National Forest area.  You can always visit the local office, or National Forest website for more information.

Here is a PDF Map:  bondyweb.com/other-images/Nov-2013-Elk-Fire-Closure-Map1.pdf

Here is a Google Earth KML File:  (Right click the file.  Click “Save Link As”.  Remember where you save the file.  Open File in Google Earth)  bondyweb.com/other-images/FireEmergencyClosures-06Nov2013.kmz

Meaning fishing the South Fork below the dam and many other activities previously outlawed due to dangerous post-wildfire conditions are now possible.



Do You Care? 
As of 2:30 pm on Nov 8th, 2013, our local newspaper, City and County websites plus the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce seem to have ignored this news.  That leaves it up to someone (The BondyWeb.Com) who cares about local outdoor recreation, communication and spreading this incredible good news far and wide.  That's right, I'll pat myself on the back while the people who should be reporting this news head out to lunch.


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





Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 14:38

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

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

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