It is a small world, David. Indeed we did chat, in midst of the rain! Glad you made it back safe and sound. As you know, I stayed the next day, and camped down by the falls. The falls were super - my first time to see them. I didn't see a soul, except one guy who was photographing the falls. By the way, I don't use the JacksrBetter Quilt as an underquilt...rather, as a top quilt. It is said it works great as an undercover, but I do fine with a pad and the Speer pad extender.
Mark, HGW is a pretty neat place. It is sort of a blend between typical Ozark forest (eastern) and the western prairie/open areas. There are a lot of glades, some of which are huge. The views from the glades are pretty respectable. Typically down here the vistas are blocked by trees, which are everywhere, it seems. The glades do have some trees, primarly eastern cedar, smoketree, redbud and dogwood, but mostly offer open, rocky hiking, with views to the many other knobs and hilltops. I liked the blend of the two environments, as it gave diversity to the hike, particularly with Long Creek (and it falls)at the center of the many trails which "spur" from it. The glades had a lot of Missouri Primrose, Indian Paint Brush, and Daisies. Like you, I come away from every hike with something, and actually sometimes enjoy the lesser rated areas more (matter of expectations, I suppose).
Thanks for the comment on the weight, Dale. I feel pretty good about it. Plus, there are a couple of things I don't want to do without, in spite of the nominal weight they add!
Thank you all for the comments/posts!