Pack a perfect picnic
Pack an easy-to-make meal that’ll be the highlight of your outing
Sandwiches: Seal in foil or a sandwich keeper. Put dressing in a separate container. Stainless steel lunch box, $24; curiosityshoppeonline.com
Salad: Stow in sturdy individual glass containers. Weck small jar, $27 for set of six; heathceramics.com
Lemonade: For a classy touch, an unbreakable lidded carafe. Tuffex carafe, $6.95; crateandbarrel.com
Click ahead for 4 great recipes.
Recipe: Spinach and Orzo Salad
Recipe: Almond Raspberry Lemonade
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA: Stop at one of the bluffs or benches scattered along this spectacular oceanside road, or try the grassy lawns of Lighthouse Point, looking out at surfer hot spot Steamer Lane. parks.ca.gov or 831/420-5270.
The Rio Grande Gorge, NM: From the tiny town of Cerro, cycle 10 miles south to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area picnic sites. They’re right on the rim of the gorge, with views to match. 575/758-8851
Bike basket: Basil Rattan Look basket, $80; copenhagenbike.com
Pannier bag: Made from water-repellent canvas. Basil Kavan II, $141 for the double bag; amazon.com