The last time I had seen my friend Michele was on her wedding day back in May of 2009. At the time, she was living in the Salt Lake City area. That marked the first trip Ross and I took together, and we were just a few months into our relationship at the time. Utah was beautiful, but it's hard to get together with Michele on a regular basis. When we were both in the Duluth area, no problem. But in the last 14-and- a-half years, we've lived far apart - me in Marshall and her in Denver, then the Salt Lake City area, then northern Utah and now Rockford, Ill. Luckily for me, Rockford is about 7.5 hours away from Marshall. And better yet, Michele's sister, brother-in-law and their family and her mom all live in New London. So that's where I went Monday as Michele was spending a few days with her family.