Usually when we travel through Europe by car, we grab provisions for a picnic (baguette, roast chicken, fruit, cheese, wine and mineral water) and find a shady spot along the roadside while en route. While I realize that Americans tend to be tragically more formal, I can think of several memorable picnic spots. They either involve a big rock, like near Mirror Lake in Yosemite, a nice big rock along the route inland from Cambria to Paso Robles (a co-worker in another state had a picture of his family at that same rock - which I immediately recognized). The most favorite spot is in proximity to Hwy 1 (1st date with my wife was a surprise picnic near Pfeiffer State Park at Big Sur - needles to say we got engaged in Carmel). We had a picnic along the Mendocino Coast for a day-after-wedding honeymoon postponement (we saved up for 3 weeks driving through Europe the next summer - 1st anniversary present was a splurge at Dehillerin near the Paris metro stop "Les Halles"). Lake Berryessa in the Spring is also nice around Oak Shores. How about it 'hounds - give it up - where is your favorite spot?