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Ten Turkeys on Salvation Knoll

It’s been a few weeks now, but I’ve thawed out enough to remember our Thanksgiving weekend camping trip in Cedar Mesa. Located in southeastern Utah, near the Four Corners, Cedar Mesa is known for its concentration of Anasazi ruins. We ventured down for a bit of sightseeing as well as camping, cooking and playing in the desert. The weekend began in earnest only after towing our stuck van out of a pit of soft sand (in the dark – so no photos).

How do you cook a turkey in the desert? We used a ginormous dutch oven, weighing 65 lbs. which we purchased directly at the Maca foundry in Springville, UT. The svelte free-range turkey was nearly lost in the cavernous oven, but it ended up being one of the best turkeys EVER!

Thanksgiving Dinner

One side trip we took was to Moon House, located in McLoyd’s Canyon. It’s a fantastic set of ruins in a fantastic setting.

Moon House - to Front

We also stopped at the Mule Canyon Ruins to see a set of ancient, crumbling towers set up at the head of Mule Canyon. There isn’t much left of these structures.

Mule Canyon Tower Ruins

The highlight of the trip was a visit to House on Fire Ruin located in upper Mule Canyon. It’s no surprise that it’s been well-photographed.

House on Fire Ruin

Now we get to the cheeseburger. We selected Salvation Knoll as our destination because of its advantageous location – right next to the road, and its small elevation gain. And as the roadside sign indicates, it has some historic significance.

Salvation Knoll Sign

Despite its small size, Salvation Knoll was a worthy opponent. Steep and crumbly, it took some climbing to get to the summit. Endless views into Arizona and Colorado greeted us, along with a package of tasty burgers.

Salvation Knoll Burgers

Success at Salvation Knoll, UT


December 18, 2009 at 8:19 am Leave a comment

Hot Springs Mountain – Cheeseburger as high as you can get in San Diego – 11/08/2009

I have been waiting for quite a while to summit Hot Springs Mountain in San Diego County . At 6,533′, it is the county’s highest point. And, for the past 5 years, it has been closed to the public.

It is located within the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Apparently, due to the bad behavior of some off road enthusiasts, as well as some within-tribal politics, the tribe closed their campgrounds and trails to all outsiders in 2004. A friend of mine let me know that it has just opened and I jumped at the chance.

After summiting the wrong peak, we climbed back down to the barely-maintained road. Due to the capability of my trusty Tiguan, we were able to make it up to the summit parking lot, which was only .2 miles from the actual summit. So, it wasn’t much of a hike, but it sure was a delicious burger.

Except in an airplane flying over San Diego, it doesn’t get any higher than this.

Tasty Cheese and Beef on Hot Springs Mountain


December 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm 5 comments

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