Thank you Nathan. Sorry you weren't able to venture out with us but word is that things are looking up and you will have a rig soon!
I don't really feel they are on par with my past efforts. I recently picked up a polarizing filter and am enjoying it but it does have a slight learning curve I need to get used to. I also didn't bring all my batteries for my SLR so thankfully on our second day's outing I charged my one battery with the inverter in the truck bed.