So after a lot of research and a lot of talking myself out of it, and then into it; I came home with this as well as some accessories. It's been a long time since I last biked and I've never had a full suspension bike. It makes all the difference for me!
anyway I went to my local shop again, this time it wasn't raining and I got a chance to spend some time on about 5 different bikes. I went there with the intention of getting a mid priced hardtail. I tried a Specialized rockhopper, a Giant something or other, a couple other hardtails, a Cannondale Prophet, and the Specialized Enduro. The hard tails were decent but I had a hard time climbing on them and it was quite frankly giving my butt a difficult time. Then I tried the Prophet and although it was nice, it felt a little too cramped. It climbed well and shifted nice but it didn't feel right. Then I tried the Enduro and wasn't all that impressed. I came back in and told the owner about what I thought. I kept hitting the pedals on the Enduro on the climb up. He took a look and said "Well that's why". The pressure was way low on the rear shock and I was bottoming out (I'm fairly heavy at 220). He adjusted it while I tried out a couple other hard tails then I tried the Enduro again and fell in love with it.
It's more bike than I deserve, probably more bike than I'll ever need but it feels so nice on the trail and it makes my climbing much easier. I got it for 1500.00 and bought some other accessories like helmet, gloves, mud flap, tool and patch kit, and walked out just over 1600.00. I think I did all right and I hope I can learn to use this bike to it's potential.