That's part of hunting Marty, sometimes things just don't come together. I am sure you still enjoyed every moment of your time in stand. I know I always do.
It is a great time to reflect, and to realize the beauty nature shares with us! I am happy to see deer, even if I don't get a shot. They are amazing creatures, and I enjoy watching as much as shooting!
Wow, that storm sounded like it could have done far more damage than it did!
Glad to hear you had a safe trip and are back home intact. The important pert of the trip, right?
Have a great holiday Marty!