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America's Best Picnic Spots

Clackamas River, Oregon

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Oregon: Clackamas River

Chef: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland.

Favorite Picnic Spot: “What I like about the Clackamas is that it’s beautiful, and you can just pull off the road anywhere and it’s a short walk to the water. Plus, if you’re hot, you can just jump in!”

Favorite Picnic Fixings: “I like Xener’s jalapeño-cheddar hot dogs to grill, and usually make a Spanish-style macaroni salad to go with them, with sherry mayo, piquillo peppers, chorizo, and marcona almonds. My wife’s a bartender, and she often makes lemonade or watermelon cocktails.”

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