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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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The Unique Idaho Ghost Town - Silver City


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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 05:38

Imagine if the City of Mountain Home Cared


-  Imagine if the leaders and elected officials of the City of Mountain Home cared enough to advertise, write about, and disseminate information about the biggest darn event of the year called Air Force Appreciation Day or AFAD.


-  Imagine if AFAD, and the biggest/largest/most floats parade in Idaho was going to be on Saturday September 7th, 2013.


-  Imagine if the City of Mountain Home website found at didn't have a single story, event calendar entry or anything other than small paragraph on a back page.

  • Air Force Appreciation day is a huge annual event for the City of Mountain Home.  This parade is the largest parade in Idaho and kicks off a day long celebration to honor our entire military and those stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

-  Imagine if the date was September 6th, 2013 and not some “Back to the Future” date in the 1980's.

-  Imagine if the City of Mountain Home bought a $3,500 website 14 months prior or in July 2012...that's 2012!

-  Imagine if that $3,500 website went active in November 2012 and the City of Mountain Home still hasn't figured out why they should actually post news and information on it. 


-  Imagine if someone thought placing a “good news story” on the front page of the City of Mountain Home website after all the bad news wildfire destruction stories the Main Stream Media has been writing and posting on their websites for the last 30 days was a good idea. 

-  Imagine if a rumored 600 pound gorilla sat in a storage closet in some City of Mountain building containing, get this...600 pounds of marketing brochures bought and paid for by taxpayers.


-  Imagine if an elected city official and a major department head from the City of Mountain Home could be heard saying, “Our first stop when researching a possible vacation destination is that city's website”.


-  Imagine if a City of Mountain Home, Idaho elected official was heard saying they don't want any more tourists in this area as it's too crowded already.

  • Recently it has been crowded with people fleeing the massive wildfires in the area, so elected official should be careful of what they wish for and just who they represent.

-  Imagine if someone offered to write stories and posts events on a part time basis for a reasonable hourly wage for the City of Mountain Home.  And imagine if that offer was ignored in June and July of 2013.


-  Imagine if the highest elected City Official was asked via e-mail why the City of Mountain Home website didn't have any mention of the 2013 Air Force Appreciation Day events and he said:

  • “Tim thanks for your comments and you are right we did drop the ball. The City will take corrective action.”

-  Imagine if that offer “to write stories and posts events on a part time basis for a reasonable hourly wage for the City of Mountain Home” wasn't ignored.  Do you think I would have “dropped the ball” as the City of Mountain Home did?  Do you think my corrective action would have looked like:

  • This was the corrective action!
  • September 6, 2013 by jmcdaniel
  • Air Force Appreciation Day is Saturday, September 7th!  The parade starts at 10:30am and ends at Carl Miller Park where the festivities begin. Join Mountain Home in celebration of our military and community!

-  Like I asked above...Imagine if the City of Mountain Home, Idaho cared?



Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 20:04

The Fires From Mountain Home


A cluster of thunderstorms moved through the Mountain Home area on the evening of Thursday August 8th, 2013.  And being an extremely dry year, these thunderstorms ignited quite a number of fires in the mountains north of Interstate 84.  By Friday morning at 7:30am Highway 20 leading north out of Mountain Home was closed due to these fires.

  Aug 2013 Fire Photo from Mountain Home Idaho

By mid-morning fire born cumulus clouds (CU), tower cumulus (TCU) clouds and possibly even a cumulus nimbus (CB) were forming over the intense heat and strong updrafts from one these wildfires.  And they were quite visible from Mountain Home.


The map above shows the 2 wildfire areas visible from Mountain Home and in my photo.  By early Saturday August 10th, 2013 both the Long Tom and Mudd fires seemed to be under control per the fire service websites.  And Highway 20 out of town reopened on Friday evening (Aug 9th).

No need to say this but I's a tinderbox out there.  Watch what you're doing and be ready to take action if you see fire while you are out in the mountains of Idaho.


Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 06:30

Zappos New Balance MW411 Shoe Review


I needed a new pair of knock-around sneakers so I decided to go on-line to find a pair of shoes.  My 1st stop was the Cabelas website.  While there were some good choices in sneakers, shipping and handling charges made their price a little more than I wanted to spend.  Enter the website. 


The Shoes - New Balance MW411
After searching for my criteria on the website, I picked out 2 different versions.  Both extra wide and both white in color.  I went for the cheaper of the two and also the shoe that had the better customer views.  That shoe was the New Balance MW411.

These “sneakers” are called walking shoes by New Balance but I haven't seen a pair of walking shoes that weighed so little.  These shoes are light, brilliant white but also seem a little uncomfortable.  The fit is getting better with the more miles I put on them so it will be awhile before I know if these will be miserable, good or great shoes. 


Zappos.Com Buying Experience
I'm not a fan of buying shoes without trying them on but Zappos has an industry leading return policy so I felt justified in spending $59.  The overall experience buying the shoes?  Excellent!  Bought and paid for in about 2 minutes once I decided exactly what I wanted.  Deliver was quick and free.  I had my New Balance MW411 “extra wides” on my feet in only 4 days.  Considering a drive to Boise would have cost me about $12, I feel I made a great choice.


Check back in a few months for an update on this product review.



Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:26

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