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planning a picnic

1.) full day off of work
2.) prepared food & beverages
3.) accessories - blanket, cooler
4.) a destination choice
5.) road ready check on vehicle

California back roads can lead to some pretty secluded forests, with amazing scenery. Deserts and coastal cliffs are popular during October - April, with mountains and foothills being the prime destinations for summer months. Get a new map & get outside exploring.

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picnic baskets helpful picnic items

  • matches
    (for BBQ or campfire)
  • candle
    (for sunset dinners)
  • camp / beach chairs
  • maps (for best spots)

  • unplanned picnics

    1.) always pack a cooler with food & beverages
    2.) when driving long trips, take the back roads
    3.) seek dirt roads for most secluded picnic spots
    4.) meadows and lakes are always popular spots
    5.) carry portable chairs, tables, tarps, blankets

    outdoors in California

    You daydream of it.... a Spring day with your lover. A fresh wildflower meadow. A view of the ocean. Secluded in a field overlooking the world, you two are relaxing. A perfectly full picnic basket, prepared so well & maybe even a bottle of wine from the local winery tour you just experienced. The whole day is yours! Laugh, enjoy, roll around outside in the grass - like a kid for peets sake. Love your life & eat outside to change your pace. Enjoy the person you are sharing the special day with. Picnic more often!

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    Total Escape lists both developed picnic grounds with picnic tables (usually located in a scenic area), plus the best secluded picnic meadows, viewpoints, lakes, & mountain areas. Picnic parks may charge a fee for day use or a parking fee. Most of these do not allow overnight camping & are not 'open for use' past sunset.

    California National Forest & California National Parks have plenty of picnicking spots, whether it be ground picnic near a meadow, or a picnic ground. Look for places signed with "Day Use Areas" - for they usually have adequate parking, bathrooms and picnic tables available.

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