Mesa sure takes up a big area. In fact, the whole Phoenix metro area just doesn't seem to stop. There are somewhere around 4.5 million people!
And they're spread out over a 60 mile (100 km) distance between Sun City West and Apache Junction. Nice place to visit, but spending any more than a few days here is too much for us.
You can see approximately where we are in Mesa. It's 60 miles (100 kms) of built up area from Sun City on the west side to Apache Junction on the east side.
We had to take highway 60 from Mesa towards Apache Junction and it's five lanes of traffic the whole way.
You mean I can't bring my howitzer to the flea market?
The flea market is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And it's a huge place...we were there for two hours and only saw about half of it. That was enough though. We had a good time exploring the different booths, but after two hours it all starts to look the same.
Mesa Swap Meet Flea Market.
Ruth, getting free samples from the popcorn man.
While your wife shops. Looks well used!
We did pick up a couple of things. I bought an Arizona dirt shirt t-shirt that was on sale for $2 because it had some faded bits from being a display model. Regular $19, so a good deal. And we bought a little LED nightlight reading lamp for when one of us wants to read after going to bed. $2 for that, and $2 for a magnifying glass just to keep handy because they keep making the writing on the maps smaller and smaller. Or it's our eyes. More than likely.
That was it, but we did enjoy wandering around.
From there, we met Star and took them out for lunch at the local pub. They had an enchilada special that was quite good and all four of us had it. That, and a couple of drinks!
The view that the bartender had of us. Jeff, Star, Ruth, Kevin.
We went back to Sherman and relaxed for the afternoon. I had a nap, and Ruth got caught up on computer stuff and then Ruth made a meatloaf for us all for dinner.
Not sure what's on the schedule for today. There's rain in the forecast and it's pretty overcast just now. Looks like tomorrow afternoon may start to clear so while we had planned on being here until Wednesday, we may head out tomorrow. We'll see what the weather's like.
Our Amazon deal of the day is an Acer 21" widescreen HD monitor...very cheap, and today only!