Los Altos, California

After cleaning the cabin, we packed up and made the short trip to Donner Lake for one last swim. The water was much warmer than the first day we were here, and the group of us had a fun time splashing about. In particular there was this one big log we kept trying to stand on only to be thrown off when it rolled. 

We stopped in Auburn along I-80 at Akieda’s, a grocery store/restaurant whose name I might be slightly misspelling, and picked up some milkshakes. Highly recommended, but I also don’t remember the last time I didn’t recommend a milkshake. The place started as a fruit stand and just kept expanding over the years. They now have tour buses pulling into the parking lot so passengers can disembark and chow down. Seems like a good stop to me.

In Fairfield, we arrived just in time for the last tour of the day at the Jelly Belly plant. They’ve an amazing 50 flavors of Jelly Bellys (some of which are so accurate as to be scary) in addition to some Harry Potter flavors like earwax, vomit, booger, and so on which are manufactured there but licensed to Warner Bros. (I think) so they couldn’t talk about them in detail. I’m not a huge candy fan in general, but I found the free tour interesting and I had a good time taste testing the various Jelly Belly flavors. The bargain conscious shopper will want to check out packages of Belly Flops, Jelly Bellys which are misshapen but still perfectly yummy.