That was tough stuff. I'm hoping I could do better in early spring/late fall, but I too enjoyed being in a new area. I definitely did not enjoy the rhododendron/stream crossing because I didn't find the best gap.
It would be interesting to try it again with the knowledge I acquired the first time...would you go back for the other course (or part of it)?
Going to try the longer course tomorrow if the weather up there isn't too crappy. My goal is to see if I can pull another one like HR and take less time on the longer course! But if it starts thundering I'm bailing.