so. we usually try to travel on weekends because it’s much too stressful to pack up and leave on a workday for derek. plus, checkout is usually sometime in the late morning, which isn’t ideal when you have a job. but, sometimes, the availability of cool parks in peak seasons necessitates a weekday departure. such was the case at samuel p. taylor near point reyes.
we had to check out by noon on friday, so i got us as packed up as possible, with the plan that derek would drive over to the visitor center when he had a break and would finish his workday there, while we got on the road. so, i scoured the internets for activities to kill sometime in our travels, specifically things that were far enough from the previous and next campgrounds that i wouldn’t make a day trip. it wasn’t long before i landed on the jelly belly factory in fairfield, ca.
it was also ideal, because as we got closer, traffic became 100% stuffed to the gills, presumably because it was the start of the fourth of july festivities? i don’t know. but, we exited the highway, and rolled on over to the factory.
when we came down from the tour and the gallery, obviously we had to taste some jelly bellies at the sample line. and then. in a moment of weakness, i allowed the kids to pick out some jelly bellies to take home with us. after basically getting some of each, except for the beer and wine flavors, we had a pound of jellybeans, and candy corns for ike who hates jelly beans, and two packs of sugar free jelly bellies for derek and i, who are trying desperately to stay keto.
so, all in all, it was a cool road trip pit stop. but i’m not sure how i would have felt if i had made a dedicated trip. some people on instagram seemed to indicated that it was much cooler when the tour was guided and that you could taste the beans along the way. there were videos scattered around as we walked but there were so many people that they were always playing and we almost always walked up when they were halfway into the video. also. despite their avid love for screens and movies and tv and youtube videos, the lidkids are not fans of educational videos in museums or visitor centers or, factories apparently.
anyhooooo. we loaded up with all our forbidden sugar and got back on the road to the next campground…