My absolute favorite thing to do in summer is to get together with my bestie and her kids, grab snacks, prepared foods and drinks from @marketofchoice, and spend the day exploring the rivers and state parks around the Portland metro area – Milo McIver State Park needs to be on your list! Here are a few of my favorite things to do, especially with kids, in the park. Head to Estacada Lake in the Riverside (not Riverbend) part of Milo McIver State Park, where you can rent kayaks and/or fish for lake trout.
Stop by the Milo K. McIver Memorial Viewpoint for the perfect picnic in a field overlooking the mighty Clackamas River and with views of Mount Hood in the distance. There are a ton of picnic tables, including one under a covered gazebo. After your picnic, be sure to check out Viewpoint Trail that runs along the river.
Visit the Clackamas Fish Hatchery, where you can spot young salmon jumping up the artificial waterfalls in the salmon pools. Later in the summer, you’ll be able to spot some huge mature salmon in the back. Dog Creek Trail, which is tucked behind the hatchery, is also fun to explore – we found snails and other critters there.
You all know by now that I love Market of Choice for how many local brands they carry, but they also have incredible items in their prepared food case that work magnificently for a picnic. I highly recommend their teriyaki chicken, which is so good cold and just perfect for a picnic. I also love that they carry pastries from @sparrowbakerypdx, and of course they have the best options when it comes to canned wine (aka mommy juice).
Market of Choice has a ton of great options to keep you protected from the sun and hydrated, including safe/mineral sunscreen, the best smelling hand sanitizer I’ve ever found, and a wide array of @hydroflask products, if you (like us) forget to grab water on your way out the door. IG handle for influencer: @perfectfooddays