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moving -minnesota to phoenix!

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CFO accepted a (1) year-long fellowship in scottsdale (mayo). MRI/breast radiology.

anyway, we're planning to rent a home in fountain hills.

i'm really jacked up about the mt. biking down there. should be really fun. Drool.gif

what is the marina like north of fountain hills? How much is a slip down there? Is there a waiting list? Can you even rent for the winter?

family is not moving till june 2010, but would like to start planning.

we'll likely be moving back to MN/ND/WI after june of 2011. is it worth taking the boat 2000 miles for the winter?

FWIW, I will have a newborn (we're still practicing), a 6 year old and a 10 year old to entertain while down there.

any thoughts would be great!

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Mountain biking is great around here. Lots of trails to challenge every skill level. You better get used to rocks though because there are a lot of them.

The lake north of Fountain hills is called Bartlett Lake. There is a Marina (http://bartlettlake.com/index.php) gives rates and dicusses the lake. The level on Barttlet lake varies greatly, in the winter it is often at or below 50% full, still useable but much smaller than it is in the spring. There is a lake report web site that gives all of the statistics on many of the lakes at (http://www.watershedmonitor.com). There are several other lakes in the area that are close to Fountain Hills but our family spent the most time on Bartlett the last couple of summers.

Winter is a realtive term in AZ. There is year round lake access (they never freeze) but the water and air do get cold. The last time we were in the water without a wet suit was the end of October. The days do get shorter so the time you have to be out gets more limited and the desert really cools off fast when the sun goes down. We usually start hitting the lake in early to mid April and I am by no means agressive about getting into the water as early as possible.

If you are going to be here October to March you will need good cold water gear if you are going to get in to the water. The desert lakes are great to explore that time of the year and there are some great little canyons and spectacular places you can only get to by boat so I think it would be worth the effort even if it was only for a few trips, but then again I have never pulled a boat 2000 miles.

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