California Trip 2006

Day 9

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Today it's a little warmer at 55 this morning but they are talking rain by this evening. We travel to Sacramento today but first we are going to make a stop at the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory.

Jelly Belly Factory
The front of the Jelly Belly factory

A Jelly Belly on an old John Deer Tractor
A Jelly Belly on an old John Deer Tractor

Just south east of Napa is the Jelly Belly Candy Company. It's a fun place with lots of different candies. They are famous for their Jelly Bellies but they make candy corn, covered nuts, Gummy Bears and other gummy type candies and they have a full chocolate counter with all sorts of goodies.

Jelly Belly Lobby
The Jelly Belly Lobby

We took the tour through the factory but were not allowed to take any photos of the production floor.

They have a large glass walkway all the way around the factory so you can see the production floor and along the way they show video's of the different processes you are looking at. It is very fascinating to see the process from beginning to end.

Secret Process
I snuck a photo of their secret process, don't tell anyone

It's a nice tour and we'd recommend it if you are in the area.

Jelly Belly VW
They wouldn't let me drive the Jelly Belly VW

Next it was off to Sacramento. It's just a short 1 ½ hour jaunt from Napa to Sacramento. We stopped at Camping World and picked up some propane and a new water fitting that was leaking.

We arrived in Sacramento around 2:00 and set up camp at the Sacramento West / Old Town KOA.

Sacramento KOA
Sacramento KOA Campground

It's right off I-80 and it's on Wash Lake, a small lake with lots of birds around it. They have cute cabins for rent and it's a clean place. It's close enough to the freeway that you can hear it but we like to think of it as the ocean and pretty much ignore it.

We found a grocery store and a Radio Shack not too far away. We did some shopping and then settled in for a relaxing afternoon and evening.

It was cloudy most of the day but did get up to 68 degrees. It never rained on us and it was what we'd call a pretty darn nice day.


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