We began the morning by driving an hour or so to Fairfield, CA for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory.
shopping in the gift shop
Everyone was required to wear the Jelly Belly paper hats (or you could choose a hair net!) to tour the factory. No pictures were allowed during the actual tour.
Uncle Russ and Julie
Olivia tasting her samples
You would not believe the strange flavors of jelly beans that the factory creates----rotten egg, pencil shavings, toothpaste...YUK! They had samples of these and other horrible flavors too. Only Russ was brave enough to try rotten egg!
The Belly Flops (imperfect jelly beans) are sold in a separate gift shop. These "mess-ups" are sold for a discounted price. We bought all of our jelly beans to take home in the Belly Flop store!
We ate lunch in the Jelly Belly Cafe where some of our food was served in the shape of jelly beans! (Pizza and hamburgers!)
Next we travelled to Muir Woods. This national park is absolutely beautiful. It is difficult to comprehend how tall trees can grow. God's creation is truly magnificant!
Russ admiring a tree
Our next excursion for the day was Mt. Tamalpais. This mountain offers a trail to the top. All 7 of us trekked up and posed for some beautiful pictures. The scenery from the top of this mountain was breathtaking! Megan's main concern during the hike was that Sam or Leah would fall down the mountain! Everyone arrived both up and down safely!
No one fell off!