We took the backroad down to Mesa yesterday. It takes an extra hour and costs a little more in gas but it's some much nicer than traveling I-17. The scenery is superb and we arrived relaxed and stress free. We stopped for lunch at the East Verde River. The nearest Food City had a Mexican kiddie carnival set up in their parking lot. We spent a couple hours shopping (see "Jackpot" below) and Susun served up a great din-din of spiral sliced ham, baked yams, potatoes and fresh green beans. Yesterday's high temperature as 79 degrees here. Yea, verily, that feels HOT! It's fun to be back down the land of cactus and palm trees.