Good advice and much appreciated indeed. I am very excited to begin shooting with a professional digital camera. I know that does not guarantee my shots will turn out professionally, but it gives me hope. The D1x is definitely for me. It will probably take a few more weeks to get my finances in order, but I have decided to get off the fence and join the fun!
If you have not done so already, you may want to take a look at the 80-400mm VR Nikkor. With this lens a tripod is one thing you won’t have to bring.