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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

Clams, Rams and Badlands Near Browns Creeks of the Owyhees


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(27 October 2013) A rock hounding exploration trip into the Castle Creek and Browns Creek area south of Oreana, Idaho turned out much better than could have been expected.  We did this trip on our ATV's during a beautiful early Fall Sunday in October 2013.  The rocks, solitude and hounding potential has me itching to head back to this area and forge further into this lesser explored area of Idaho.

Bighorn Sheep Runs

Just to get this out in the light of day...I've never seen a bighorn sheep in wilds of Idaho so it was kind of exciting and a “day-maker” getting to see one of these majestic beasts.  The area we were in is known for bighorns but I've come to realize these shy animals aren't easy to spot most of the time.  So when I saw what I thought was an elk by the canyon rim I smiled.  But once the bighorn started running, I could easily see the big curl on his head.  As they say “pictures or it didn't happen”, so I'll be heading out that way again...soon.

Clams in a Sandstone Matrix
Another discovery on this trip were the clam and other types of old seashells we found on a hillside.  The shells or maybe I should call them fossils? were mostly embedded in sandstone near the top of a peak closer to Castle Creek than Browns Creek.  

This obviously well known area (except to me) has a dirt road leading up to a saddle just below the peak.  The area is strewn with broken rocks where other searchers of fossils have left there mark.  Not that finding fossils out in this area should amaze anyone but finding obsidian mixed in around these sedimentary rocks might.  Volcanism and sandstone seem to be oxymoronic to me.

Want the location of this spot?  I'll barter for info on one of your rock hounding spots in southern Idaho.  As it says in the Bible (Rock Hounding Bible), “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a lat/long for a lat/long”.

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Badlands Are BadA$$
Spent time in the Badlands of North and South Dakota and found them cool to see.  But you expect them to be there and their scale is pretty amazing.  But in southern Idaho?  I'm coming to enjoy our limited Badland areas more and more each year.  I'm now to the point of thinking our badlands are just plain bada$$ and want to further explore these areas.  Of course it helps when the lighting is just right so it highlights their cool color schemes. 

The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
  • Remoteness:  4 Stars - Hunting season on a Sunday with great weather and not one other person, car or ATV seen the entire trip.
  • Beauty:  4 Stars
  • Cleanliness of Our Lands:  3 Stars - Sporadic junk but cow patties seemed to be missing in many places :-)
  • Rock Hounding:  4 Stars
  • Wildlife:  4Stars - Bighorn Sheep?  That's an auto 4 Stars +
  • Overall Score:  4 Stars
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This is my Life Off Interstate 84 in Mountain Home, Idaho

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:39

John Hoffman Reservoir Near Mountain Home Idaho


The John Hoffman Reservoir is located about 6 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho yet I doubt many people have been there.  I have seen this agricultural reservoir from the nearby Bennett Hills and the peak of Teapot Dome but never took the plunge and walked out there.  Finally on October 20th, 2013 the BondyWeb Adventure Team of Tim and Addie the Plott Hound made it out there.

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It's Dry and Rather Uninteresting
I admit it...the area around this reservoir is rather boring and even worse, the John Hoffman Reservoir was completely bone dry.  The prerequisite cow patty mess is unavoidable and the ever present acres of non-native cheatgrass latches onto socks, shoes and any cloth items is comes in contact with.

But if one doesn't look too close, this walking spot is actually rather nice.  First of all, it's close to home for a quick Sunday afternoon, walk the dog spot.  The sweeping views of the Bennett Hills, Danskin Mountains, solitude and local desert make for a better than an in-town walk.  Maybe a return in the springtime would be a good idea to see a full reservoir?    

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Failure of Technology
Technology let me down today.  Digital photos of the bone dry reservoir and shots of a mostly decomposed cow carcass were corrupted and not viewable.  My recorded Garmin Oregon 500t GPS track was mysteriously off by 100-1,500 yards.  I use the GPS track to Geo-sync my photos and my photos were obviously misplaced.  A problem that is easily remedied with the geomarking feature of a program called “Picasa Photo Album”.   


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The Adventure Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Remoteness:  2 Stars
Beauty:  1 Stars
Cleanliness of Our Lands:  1 Stars - Sporadic junk found along entire hike. Lots of cow patties too.
Rock Hounding:  0 Stars
Wildlife:  1 Star - Birds and lots of them plus much dried up deer, antelope pellets.
Overall Score:  1 Star
Remember, this is an Adventure Score and not a enjoyment score.  


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




Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 19:55

Mountain Home Mystery Business


 Mountai Home Idaho Beauty huh

The photo above was taken on October 15th, 2013. However, I can assure you, only the orientation of those Adirondack Chairs have changes in the last 13 months. Yes, that is the front entrance to this business. And, yes this business is still open and customers walk into that door each day it is open.

The City of Mountain Home posted this story about the mystery business.

"Beautification Grant
October 15, 2013 by jmcdaniel Leave a Comment
Chase Bank is giving away 13 $250,000 beautification grants to local businesses across the nation. The winners are decided by how many Facebook votes they get so if you have Facebook please click on the link below and vote! They have to have a minimum of 250 votes to qualify and we have 3 local business competing. Lane's Appliance, XXXXXXX XXXXX and Mountain Home Eye Care. You can vote for any or all of them but only one time each. Please help one of our local businesses win this!"

Can you guess where in Mountain Home, Idaho this photo was taken and what business it is?

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


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:09

Gedney Wash and Agate at 4940 Feet


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.

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




Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:31

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