So I took the plunge and bought a new camera... I have gotten sick of going to cool places only to have crappy point and shoot quality memories.
The new set-up
Canon EOS 60D
18-135mm IS lens
50MM/1.8 prime lens
430 EX II speedlite flash
numerous other camera farkles including wired and wireless remote, a luma loop, and a nice bag for everything that will fit in my pannier.
Coupled with a pretty cool iphone app that tracks your GPS position and time, and I can geotag all my photos very simply! Hopefully, I can add a pic or two in this subforum now.