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Old 02-21-2019, 09:41 AM   #15
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Sitting is the new smoking but standing is the new sitting! Which just means that standing all day at a standing desk that so many people have these days can actually be really hard on your body, too. We may not have been built to sit all day, but we weren't built to stand all day, either. We were built to move!

So you've got it right. Get up and move.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:48 PM   #16
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Hi Steve,

Our Flex is the "normal" no eco-boost. FWD only... the last is a bummer as we had to replace the Ford Freestyle (Dec 2017) when the aftermarket hitch was ripping from the frame (winter salt on Mich roads for a decade took its toll). Nearly 40K on our Flex now, most towing.

After the 3rd & last time the hitch/frame failed it could no longer be welded. So being at Jekyll Island campground with our Scamp the only way to get home was replace the TV in Georgia. No all -wheel drive Flex's on the lot or available within several months. We looked at Explorer, Escape and the Expedition but none had the interior room of the Flex (once the third row of seats was removed). The Expedition was a non starter as it was just way larger than we wanted and also not interested in dem Pickem up trucks.

I was assuming we would have less MPG in the Flex with the Escape 19 as the frontal area is a bit more than the Scamp. Also clearly the weight was about 1K lbs more.

The V6 in the Flex does very well and so far MPG is 14-16 depending on how many long uphill climbs in the SW over mtns. Avg has been 15.8 for 6,500 miles we put on it since we left Mich in Nov. So ~the same as towing the Scamp with the Freestyle which had a smaller engine.

Max Tow rating for the Flex is 4,500 and the factory tow package with the included anti-sway control etc. all is very stable even with some high side winds we had like 40 MPH for a day or so.

Probably more than you wanted/needed to know LOL.

Cheers from a very cold and wet Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Snow on all the surrounding mountain tops and well the top 3rd as well.

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Old 02-22-2019, 09:47 PM   #17
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Ruidoso NM might be worth a look as well, from what I've seen of their historical weather data.
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:07 AM   #18
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This winter is certainly unusual but not unprecedented (in spite of the media hype surrounding this latest storm). Last one I remember this wet was in the late 90ís. Flagstaff and some other locations in the central part of the state did break one-day snowfall records yesterday, but itís far from the most snow theyíve ever had. It was also very unusual to have so much snow so low, a couple of inches in parts of the northern and eastern suburbs of Phoenix.

It should make for a beautiful spring desert bloom.

Stay warm and dry in the SouthWET!
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This winter is certainly unusual but not unprecedented (in spite of the media hype surrounding this latest storm). Last one I remember this wet was in the late 90ís. Flagstaff and some other locations in the central part of the state did break one-day snowfall records yesterday, but itís far from the most snow theyíve ever had. It was also very unusual to have so much snow so low, a couple of inches in parts of the northern and eastern suburbs of Phoenix.

It should make for a beautiful spring desert bloom.

Stay warm and dry in the SouthWET!
Thanks, Jon, for mentioning the desert bloom. When do you think it might start in places like Joshua Tree NP, or Death Valley?
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Yeah...

I won't be that far south but I plan to be in southern Utah the last week of March through the first couple weeks of April.
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Thanks, Jon, for mentioning the desert bloom. When do you think it might start in places like Joshua Tree NP, or Death Valley?
I'm not as familiar with the patterns in the Mojave Desert, but in the Sonoran Desert it should be getting underway over the next few weeks, peaking in mid-late March. It varies from year to year, but websites for popular desert attractions- Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Desert Botanical Gardens, Sonoran Desert Museum- sometimes post updates.
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The flowers started blooming here in Borrego Springs a couple weeks ago. With all the rain we've had this last week, we may have another super bloom shortly. In 2017 the national news picked it up and our little town was over run by 100,000 people. We called it Flowergedden.
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While not quite as impressive at the Borrego Springs " Flowergedden", the California Poppies are starting to bloom here at Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona. There are a few other blooms starting. Also notice that strange white stuff on the top of the mountains in the background!
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Let's keep the desert bloom a secret! Great pictures, Jon V. We just got more of the strange white stuff here on the western edge of the plains. Thanks for the info.
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