"Lord, I was born a ramblin' man," sang the Allman Brothers Band. I must have been an 18-wheel truck driver in a previous life, because I love a good road trip. I just got back from a 10-day, 4,200-mile trip to the East Coast and back to hug my father, disconnect and stretch my legs. I wore a mask and didn't linger inside crowded indoor spaces — I spent most of my time outside, where it was in the 60s and 70s. I tried not to share that with loyal Star Tribune readers, who may not have appreciated my tales of warm fronts after last week's taste of December here in Minnesota.

By the way, I rarely get lucky with the weather — I'm consistently disappointed by the state of the sky. So I'm thrilled to be able to report a well-timed warm front next week: an extended stretch of Indian summer. Models are hinting at 50s, even two to four days above 60F. And Election Day weather should be ideal, with blue sky and highs near 60.

I predict a dry Halloween, with trick-or-treat temperatures near 50F and a full (hunter's) moon — the first one on Halloween since 1944. Scary.