Road Trip Entry #1- Transcending the Storm

“Take the power to control your own life. Take the power to make your life happy.” ( Susan Polis Schultz)

When you live in South Florida, you expect to feel the destructive effects of numerous tropical systems in the summer. So I did not feel panic in knowing that Tropical Storm Elsa would likely track through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and cross through our first road trip stop in the Tampa Bay region early next week. So Ruth and I would simply make contingency plans to stock up on extra water and canned food supplies for our upcoming, four night motel stay in St. Petersburg in the event of a direct hurricane hit in this area.

It made sense as well for us before our road trip to avoid stressing about  upcoming weather concerns and focus instead on experiencing a happy Fourth of July weekend. Understand first of all that I felt a strong desire to to see the band Chicago in Tampa; my first live concert since COVID began. So we would brave several pockets of severe thunderstorm weather along I-75 north while traveling the 274 mile roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale to  Central Gulf Coast Florida and attend this concert on Friday.

Looking ahead the 4th of July, I also looked forward to a warm reunion on Independence Day with my former college bandmate and friend, Steve, from over 45 years ago. For his latest band will be featured before a spectacular fireworks show on this patriotic holiday evening within walking distance of our Ft. Lauderdale home. It makes me happy as well to share with my mother some nostalgic family memories on the 4th of July. So I control what I can to find positive contentment in the “now” moment of life in spite of any ominous weather circumstances I might soon face.

On the way to Tampa for the Chicago concert, approaching thunderstorms produced some interesting skies.
As the skies darkened at this service plaza, the sight of this pack of turkey vultures seemed to signal the onset of doom.
But luckily the inclement weather passed in early evening at the Mid Florida Outdoor Amphitheater setting the stage for a glorious musical evening of Chicago.
Chicago put on an impressive musical show of brass filled rock in front of this appreciative audience.
We look forward to an exciting grand finale to this pre- road trip weekend by celebrating some fun times with Steve and his band on the 4th of July.
But we will continue to vigilantly monitor the latest track of Tropical Storm Elsa to determine future weather impacts to our road trip.

8 thoughts on “Road Trip Entry #1- Transcending the Storm

  1. In Latvia, we are used to intense lightning strikes and thunderstorms right throughout the summer months, but we barely get to see them in Ireland. It was always fascinating, and sometimes scary, to see how powerful nature can be. Happy 4th of July 🙂 Aiva

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  2. I’m glad that you were able to avoid stressing about the weather and were instead able to focus on enjoying your celebrations. That concert looked like a lot of fun, I can’t wait until concert halls start opening up here too. I’m also happy that you were able to see your friend and spend time with your mother 😊


  3. You’re right about the weather. We just dodged Tropical Storm Elsa in St. Petersburg. Thankfully the storm will not deter us from our original plans.


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