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Copper Valley Trail Company Open House

We demonstrated Dutch oven cooking to an appreciative and amazed audience at the Copper Valley Trail Company Open House July 17, 2010.
All photos courtesy of Michael King.
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Copper Valley Train Company's HQ House

Copper Valley Train Company's HQ House


The corral and stock

The corral and stock


Horse trailers and tents

Horse trailers and tents


Corral and stock

Corral and stock


MVU Cooking team - a talented bunch!

MVU Cooking team - a talented bunch!


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Copper Valley Trail Company Open House

by Michael King

It was guaranteed to be a very warm Saturday, as 6 members of the Mid Valley Unit rose to the occasion of doing a Dutch oven demonstration at the Copper Valley Trail Company in Copperolis, California. Arriving early were Katherine Reeves and Richard Hodgson, followed closely by Richard and Sandy Kirchner and finally Jesse Johnson and myself.

Copper Valley Trail Company, a venture thought up by Mid Valley members Mike and Michele Toberer, operates on several thousand acres around Lake Tulloch in Calaveras County. There, trail riding opportunities are available to people ranging from short one hour rides to overnight camping trips. These trips offer customers the opportunity to ride, fish, photograph, view oak studded foothills and reconnect with a slower pace of life.

Although the trail portion of the operation has been operating for a while, Saturday, July 17, was the grand opening of the beautiful new Trail Head Store located in the Copperopolis Town Square. This is a new building decorated with a western flavor to set the mood. With goods for sale, the store also serves as the office and ride-booking center.

While a variety of activities were being offered to the public, the Dutch oven cooks got right to work and soon had their ovens filled with good things and cooking away. Jesse made a very delicious Apple Cake dessert, while Rich and Sandy made an outstanding Salsa Chicken dish and a Peach and Apricot Cobbler. Meanwhile the Reeves/Hodgson team made a tender Beef Roast with all the trimmings and buttermilk biscuits. I made my outstanding, tried and true, almost impossible to flub, Enchilada Casserole (even if I do say so myself!).

An occasional breath of wind moderated the heat and helped us to cool off a bit. All in all, the crowd that gathered had a very good time with the variety of activities offered. When the ovens were presented there was a steady stream of folks ready for samples. In her coverage of the event for "The Pine Tree" newspaper, Charity Maness wrote:

The Backcountry Horsemen Mid-Valley group set up a demonstration of Dutch oven cooking. While many think that backcountry packing may be a bit too rough, these folks know how to make it a culinary delight. No canned chili for them. Saturday's menu consisted of enchilada casserole, cornbread, peach cobbler, and an apple cake. If I were to "rough" it, I would want to "rough" it with this group. The Backcountry Horsemen is a non-profit group dedicated to keeping public lands open for public use and to the education of the proper use of those same lands.

At about 1:30, with everything wrapped up and the event over, we all packed up our gear and headed for home with a feeling of satisfaction on a very successful event. Thank everyone for all of your effort. This event helped to further the positive awareness in the public of Backcountry Horsemen, and that is always a success!

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