"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Monday, June 6, 2011

Napa to Sonoma to Napa

Well, the weather man was wrong, again!  It was forecast to be partly cloudy to sunny today.  Still cloudy and rainy.  What happened to "sunny California"?
We started the day with another great breakfast at the Black Bear Diner.  From there we returned and hooked up the Casita and made our way the the "Tour of the Day".  The Jelly Belly Factory, just a few miles from Downtown Napa.  There were tasting bars, and displays of fine art from many different artists.

 It is amazing what one can do with jelly beans.  From the latest Royal Couple, to the greatest American Hero, and also one of our greatest Presidents the United  States has ever had.  IMHO.

There was talk of this being the next photo to be made famous in jelly beans.
The frustrating thing was that no photo's were allowed during the actual factory tour.  It was fascinating to see all the millions of different flavors of jelly beans being manufactured, sorted, packaged and made ready for shipment in such a small factory.  It was a really fun and informative tour.  Even Sally enjoyed her part of the factory
Our plan for the day after the Jelly Belly tour was to travel to the Sonoma Valley area.  We had checked on a Corp of Engineers park on Saturday in the North end of the valley.  A really pretty area, but the park had no water available when we arrived today, though we were told Saturday everything was normal. We traveled from there to a commercial rv park in the nearby Russian River area of Sonama.  It had grass pads and with the two+ inches of rain was a quagmire.  By then it was getting late and we were getting tired.  Tonight finds us back in the Napa valley, at the very North end, in the little town of Calistoga.  A neat little village.  We are staying at the Napa County Fairgrounds.  They have a full service rv park.  There are 6 sunblocker rigs from Oregon in the park and one Casita.  All is well.  More touring tomorrow. Our neighbors................ 

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