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The 4 Springs of the Long Tom Creek Area

The 4 Springs of Long Tom Creek Hike endpoint
End of this hike!

(May 1st, 2012) Taking a scenic walk along Long Tom Creek seemed like a good idea. What I didn't expect was to find was a number of natural springs feeding this creek. I took some pictures and video as well as geomarking the location of these springs. Why not come along on a review of the journey to the “4 Springs of the Long Tom Creek Area”.

NOTE: The video I took of these springs on May 1st were inadvertently deleted from my video camera. All videos in this article are from May 11th, 2012.

The Walk Along Prairie Cut-Off Road
This walk can be as short or long as you wish as it follows a relatively flat and well maintained gravel road. For our portion of the hike it also followed Long Tom Creek for all but ¼ of a mile. And the course is rather scenic as it flows through a relatively rugged canyon.

West Fork of Long Tom Creek

The course of this hike was on the “Prairie Cut-off Road” or National Forest Service Road 131 that connects Highway 20 to the South Fork of the Boise River at the Cow Creek Bridge. We also checked out the “2 Forks of Long Tom Creek during this hike. Obviously Long Tom Creek drains a pretty nice sized area of the Danskin Mountains.

The Springs
From 4 Springs of the Long Tom Creek Area

Spring #1: Source of spring is located close to NFS 131 at 43.300955, -115.558080. The marshy growth close to the road is a dead giveaway of a spring close to this location. During this early May 2012 day, water was flowing down the hillside in no particular streambed. There is no indication on the USGS (old maps) Topo Maps of a spring at this location.

See a Video of Springs 1 and 2

Spring #2: Located about 375 yards north of Spring 1, this spring intersect the Prairie Cut-Off Road at
43.303937, -115.557467. But the spring source is likely located about 330 yards up the hillside to the east. The 1990 version of the Long Tom Reservoir USGS Topo Map indicates there is a spring at the location on the hillside.

Spring 2 is flowing strongly near Mountain Home, Idaho

Spring #3: This spring may or may not be a true spring. Water certainly flows down a streambed but its origins appear to be in the hillside at 43.308374, -115.562327. I would have missed this skinny watercourse, but my dog splashed through it and I decided to check it out.

There are trout in this Idaho Spring

I found it incredible that I saw what I thought was a fish in this small spring fed creek. After a few days of thought, I talked myself out of the “fish in the creek” idea. But when I went back 10 days later, I actually saw two fish in the 18 inch wide creekbed and caught them on video if you car to watch.

See a Video of Springs 3 and 4

NOTE:  Google decided to take the "shakes" out of the video and now the video does the hula dance. Laughing

Spring #4: Located at 43.307334, -115.557481 and just off NFS Road 131, this spring is shown on the 1990 version of the Long Tom Reservoir USGS Topo Map. It is my guess this spring consists of 2 or more parts as the soggy wet area is about 150 feet across.

Spring 4 of the Long Tom Creek area

Map of Long Tom Creek Springs

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See more photos from this hike:

Comments Create Good Old Fashion Knowledge
Did you know about the springs along the Prairie Cut-off Road? Know of any other springs close to Mountain Home. Why not leave a comment or suggestion about this outdoor article. You never know what you and others may learn about Idaho, the Long Tom Reservoir area or NFS Road 131.



Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 09:08

Cactus Growing Wild in Idaho? What Kind is This?


(May 6th, 2012) What kind of cactus / succulent plant is this? Found the plant during a cross country, off-trail hike near the Prairie Cut-off Road. If you have an idea, it would be cool if you could comment or e-mail me what you think the plant is called.

I'm no stranger to discovering cactus type plants during my exploration throughout southern Idaho. I've found areas of wild prickly pear cactus, a plant I've been told doesn't exist in Idaho, just 45 miles to the south of my home. But this succulent type cactus is a new one to me.

  • I found the plant at or near coordinates 43.275942, -115.513685, well off the beaten path.
  • Plant has light green succulent type leaves and red flowers.
  • Overall size of the plant was about 1 square foot in area.

See All 3 Photos I Took

What are these plants called? And are they common in this area if Idaho? Leave a comment or use my “Contact Us” form.



Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 06:40

The Mountain Home Senior Center Political Forum Review

Crowds at the Mountain Home Senior Center Political Forum in Idaho

See my review from the Elks Lodge/Chamber of Commerce May 1st, 2012 political forum to gain some perspective into this review at:

On Monday May 7th, 2012 there was a political forum held in the Mountain Home Senior Center. From my count 14 candidates and about 55-75 citizens attended the event. It was definitely worth the effort to attend even if it just reaffirmed what I learned at the earlier forum.

The Annoying Political Mantra
- “I'll cut your taxes” was heard a few times last night. And I certainly appreciate the pandering but stop telling me you will cut my taxes unless you can tell me what you want to cut out of the State budget first. I want specifics!

Idaho Sage Grouse political issue

- The Sage Grouse: Why the heck is the Sage Grouse a big issue for our State politicians in 2012? The sage grouse warning shots were fired across the bow back in 2004. The time to act was 7-8 years ago. What have you done in the last 8 years to mitigate the sage grouse problem? Now that's what a true problem solver would tell us.

The Questions Were Asked
Questions at this political forum were quite a bit less pertinent than at the Elks Lodge forum on 1 May 2012. The main reason I can say this is because of the obvious anti-Brackett questions that dominated the last 40 minutes of the forum. Also I thought there were a few questions that would have been more suitable for US Senators/Congressmen.


The Big Winners When Considering both Political Forums
  1. Tim Corder is the best candidate the Republican can put up for the 2012 District 23 Senatorial election. He appears to be very knowledgeable about all the issues, intelligent and most importantly willing/able to solve Idaho's problems. This should be a slam dunk choice for the people of District 23.
  2. Independent District 23 Senatorial Candidate Bill Chisholm: Not in the May 15th Primary but he's an idea man that left to run things would make Idaho a much better place. If all our politician and businesspeople used their brains like Bill, we wouldn't be in the hole we are. It'll be a tough decision if the November ballot has both Corder and Chisholm on it.
  3. Matthew Bundy is a Republican running for District 23 State Representative: The only advice I have for Mr. Bundy is “don't be a one issue candidate” when campaigning down the back stretch. Education is important but so is the economy and solving other problems. He's still “the man” when it comes to the May 15th Republican Primary. While Pete Nielsen and Steve Millington are still throwing tea into the harbor, Mr. Bundy will be solving the problems all people in Idaho are facing.
  4. Bud Corbus running for County Commissioner: I think this man cemented his spot at the top of the Elmore County Commissioners list for me at this 2nd forum. Previously I said Bud was a soft spoken individual but I believe there is “hell-raising” side to this guy that will be good for Elmore County.

Tim Bondy's Parting Shots
- Twin Falls native Senator Brackett was in “enemy territory” during both of these forums and the questions last night reflected that fact. In my opinion, Senator Brackett did more harm than good to his campaign. But he was the only candidate offering an ink pen for political swag at this forum.
- It was disappointing only 55-75 citizens showed up at the Senior Center Forum. While this is “just the primary election”, the people still need to get educated on the candidates. If you are a “declared Republican” you can't just vote for the guy with the “Big R” after his name. They all have R's after their name during this one.
- Buckshot61: You are a lying, extremist jerk and an absolute coward. How's that for hilarious facts?

Got something to add to the conversation? You can comment all you wish but stay on topic please.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 08:20

Bennett Mountain Hosts the Supermoon

photo of the Idaho Supermoon over Bennett Mountain
Click the photo for a bigger and retouched version.

(May 5th, 2012) The supermoon event of the year was held by the heavens over Idaho last night. I captured the event as it was heading west over Bennett Mountain at 10:20PM. This picture was taken at latitude/longitude 43.279192, -115.532426 on the Prairie Cut-Off- Road.

The moon was actually bright enough that I could semi-easily hike through the sagebrush steppe. If I was thinking, I would have brought my fishing pole and tried my luck in Long Tom Reservoir. Ooops.



Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2012 07:45

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