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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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Mountain Home Idaho News and Adventures

Large Chunk of Boise National Forest Opens


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:

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)

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

Congrats Councilman Urquidi and Schroeder But...


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?

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?


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

Hike the North Bank of Long Tom Creek


The idea of hiking along the north bank of Long Tom Creek where it dumps into the Reservoir has fascinated me for a few years now.  And with a strong cold front moving through this area, I decided I needed to stay close to Mountain Home, not stray too far off the beaten path but explore a new place.  The area north of Long Tom Reservoir was the perfect location for a hike.

Stay High and Dry
Being a very dry year, Long Tom Creek is probably at historic lows and the size of the reservoir probably wasn't anywhere near normal either.  I figured hiking the ridge-line north of the creek would give me a good vantage point to check out the surrounding scenery.  It did.

The cold front was obviously moving in rapidly as dark, gray and steadily lowering clouds moved in from the west.  I knew it wouldn't be long before it started to rain.  The only question was how hard and how long would it rain.  The rain started just as I reached the ridge-line above Willowdale Creek that dumps into the northern side of the reservoir.  This would be my turn back point.

The Apocalypse Landscape
Plain and simple, the area around Long Tom Reservoir got burned pretty badly during the August 2013 Elk Complex Wildfire.  And my path took me straight through the burn scar and this wasn't something I had thought about until I hopped across Long Tom Creek at the beginning of this exploration hike. 

I knew this area wasn't a rock hounding spot so scenery, the exercise and exploration were the only reasons to be out here.  Unfortunately for me and the land, there were places on this hike I felt a Hollywood crew could film a realistic type apocalyptic, end of the world as we know movie without any problems.  The fire burned off a vast majority of the sagebrush leaving near bare ground.  It was just plain ugly and empty in these places.

Low, Sandy, Easy and Wet
When the rain started, I had a few choices.  I could head north, get on the dirt road and head back.  I could head back along the ridge-line I just walked.  Or I could take the easy way back to the car along the now dry Long Tom Creek-bed.

I headed down to the creek bed and headed due east.  This was some easy hiking on the sandy shores of Long Tom Reservoir and Long Tom Creek.  The rain continued for the entire hike back.  Fortunately for me, the rain was relatively light.

It was kind of cool seeing the river bottom I fished back in April 2012.  You can read the story at 

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
  • Remoteness:  3 Stars - I doubt many people venture out here.
  • Beauty:  2 Stars
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands:  1 Stars for the copious amounts of burned cow patties and scorched landscape. 
  • Rock Hounding:  Not Calculated
  • Wildlife:  1 Star - Only saw a few birds and very little sign of any big game in this area.  Weird
  • Overall Score:  2 Stars  
View a map of the area at:,-115.56879&z=14&t=T

View some more photos at: 
(may not be accessible to everyone at all times...sorry)

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

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 09:10

Hope You Had a Great Halloween 2013


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

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