Monday, December 12, 2005

Tour of Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, Ca.

Gary and I took the Jelly Belly Factory tour today. We really enjoyed seeing how they make Jelly Bellys, candy corn, and taffy. The tour is free, but leaving the gift shop can cost you some money and lots of calories. They were making cappacino jelly bellys today so the aroma in the factory was that of cappacino. They make more than 49 flavors of jelly bellys. They put all but the jalapino flavor into their mixed bag of jelly bellys. Did you know that it can take up to 20 days to create a jelly belly? The most popular flavor is wild cherry. The first jelly belly was invented in 1976. When Ronald Reagan was a presidental candidate, Time reported that he as a fan of the jelly belly. After that, the whole country wanted to taste a jelly belly. We found out that they use natural ingredients for flavoring whenever possible. Oh yes, there are 4 calories to every jelly belly, but no fat. They also make flavors mentioned in Harry Potter movies, vomit, bat wings, and other disgusting sounding stuff.

For pictures of the jelly belly mosaics and the entrance to the factory, see link on right side "our travel photos".

Jelly Belly Factory

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Still in Isleton

We are still in Isleton, Ca. We are playing music on Saturday nights. We will be here until Nov 21 at which time we will be traveling to Los Banos, Ca for Thanksgiving with the family. Gary loves being able to fish every day. His largest fish so far weighed in at 7.5 pounds. You can see it in the picture below.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Isleton, California

We have been in Isleton for two weeks. We are going to be here for at least 1-4 more weeks. Gary has been fishing most every day. His largest fish so far has been 23 inches long. While we were in the area we had lunch at Foster's Bighorn. Foster's Bighorn was designed to be a trophy haven where people could see animals of the world. There are over 300 heads of wild animals, birds, and fish from every part of the globe. The last trophy was the elephant which was hung in 1952. Foster shot 95% of the animals himself. Every time Foster went on a hunting trip, he made sure to take a taxidermist along with him to make sure all the taxidermy steps to preserve the heads were properly done. If you make it to Rio Vista, be sure to stop in and see this collection.

Gary caught a 23 inch stripper off of the Rio Vist Pier.
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Moose, caribou, elk, and various deer heads on one side of the wall.
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The elephant was killed 45 years ago. It cost $4000 to mount. The elephant's tusks weigh 110 pounds each. They are hanging below the elephant.
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More animals from Africa.
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Some of the animals from Africa.
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Can you identify the bears that he shot? There is a grizzley, Kodiak, and a black bear.
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This is supposed to be the largest moose in the world. It has an antler spread of 76 inches.
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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Twin Lakes

We stayed for 7 days at Twin Lakes RV resort. Sure is beautiful. We had deer come into camp every evening. When Gary was outside during their visit, one doe would come within 6 feet of him. Gary fished every day, even the day it rained. He released most of the ones he caught but we did have fish for dinner two nights. One day the wind blew and I thought it was going to blow the motorhome over. Good thing we have it loaded with lots of stuff to make it too heavy for the wind to blow over. We woke up one morning to discover that it had snowed in the mountains around us. Sure was beautiful. We will be leaving here and headed north up 395.

The wind must have blown 50 -60 miles an hour for over 12 hours. The lake looked more like an ocean.