_16 October ‘09 Who doesn’t like a drive through the California wine fields (especially now with all the foliage changing colors), filled with all those beautiful tasting rooms (huge buildings that look more like personal mansions), and all this bathed in perpetual sunshine. There is no doubt about it, northern California is beautiful. From the Pacific beaches that are dotted with “sea stacks”,
_to the incredible Redwood forests, and as I mentioned above, the wine fields. Our drive continued to take us down Hwy 101 until we hit Hwy 12, and then a drive through Sonoma and onto our campground alongside the Sacramento Delta. This is our 4th time to stay at one of two campgrounds along the Delta and into this area. Each and every time we have passed by the Jelly Belly plant and have said “we’ve got to stop and take the tour someday”…well today was that day. We pulled in about 2:30 and in another 15 minutes we were offered samples and guided throughout the plant. The history leading up to the “Jelly Belly” was really fascinating. It’s the familiar immigrant story that came about by brothers bringing a candy receipt to the states in the late 1800’s, going broke, and then finally a couple of the “family” members brought it to what we all enjoy today. Another part of the success of the company came about when “Governor Reagan” brought them into the Capital building then into the White House as President.