Ok - so I was totally missing the easiest thing - just drag an event from iPhoto to the drop and drag page to add media into WordPress. You can then create a gallery and add it to a post or page. I knew there had to be something simple that I was missing. It worked like a charm. Why hasn't anyone posted on this before? Or maybe they have and I missed that too. Hope this helps someone else.
It would be nice to be able to "share" from iphoto to wordpress and create a gallery automatically with all the details of the photos included.