When the Stake President gave me my temple recommend interview a few months ago, he inquired about how I was liking the area. I told him that I loved it. But when he handed me my recommend and told me to use it often, I amended my response. I love it here except for the distance from the temple.
From Stake headquarters, it is only about 3 hours to Chicago, but we are another 4 hours beyond that. So to go to the temple requires a lot of planning and forethought and at least 7 hours of driving time. I honestly don't see us making the trek more than once per year, but maybe we'll be able to do better than that. We'll see.
But anyway, we went! On Saturday morning we drove out to the Chicago temple and did a session. It was wonderful, we are blessed, end of story.
I can't wait to go back.