Midwestern United States

Activities in the heartland of America, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Our chariot (Roberta Sotonoff)

Exploring Custer State Park, South Dakota

Custer State Park is big - 71,000 acres big. And, it's beautiful which is probably why it became a backdrop for films like "A Man Called Horse" and "Dances With Wolves." Winding roads pass lakes, lodges and lots of animals like bison and pronghorn Read More

Cherries ripe for the pickin' at Seaquist Orchards in Door County

Getting in Cherry Condition in Door County, Wisconsin

"Cherry condition" per urbandictionary.com: When something is in near perfect condition. "Cherry condition" according to Door County, Wisconsin: When someone has exceedingly reaped the healthful and gustatory benefits of Montmorency tart Read More

Devil's Lake from the top

Studying the Ice Age at Devils Lake, Wisconsin

The difference could not be more stark than if I had flown to the moon. Less than a half an hour ago, I'd been dodging shrieking, laughing kids headed for waterpark fun in one of the many family-oriented resort-and-amusement parks of the Wisconsin Read More

Taliesin, home of Frank Lloyd Wright. ©Melanie Radzicki McManus

Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Wisconsin

When you live in Frank Lloyd Wright’s former backyard, you hear lots of stories. The famous architect was a skinflint who never paid his taxes. He was a scoundrel who bullied people and thought he was all that. He had expensive tastes and carelessly Read More

The Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building, looms over its neighbors.

On Top of Chicago: Taking in Breathtaking View from Willis Tower Skydeck

My stomach attempts a back flip, a visceral reaction to stepping onto a clear glass floor with 1,353 feet of nothingness between me and the street below. Another step and I begin to get my bearings, feeling brave enough to peer down between my Read More

Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

Exploring Jesse James Country in Northwest Missouri

The summer sun beat down on the brown and parched grass as we made our way across the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney Missouri, a small community of 5,400 about 40 minutes northeast of Kansas City. We were in the oldest part of the cemetery where Read More

The Tiffany mosaics, Marquette Building

Walking and Talking Architecture in Chicago

It was a cold and snowy day in the Windy City but the walking tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation take off promptly - rain or shine - from the CAF headqurters on South Michicgan Avenue. A variety of tours are scheduled throughout the Read More

Geyser Lake at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Tracing Monuments of History at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio

I slow to a stroll along the two-lane road, which passes under a railroad trestle bridge then takes a gentle angle upward. Gazing at the tops of trees took precedent after all; I am impressed by the towering specimens’ ability to block out the blue Read More

Dells Zipline

Ziplining in Wisconsin Dells

I hate heights. I really hate heights. So why in the world am I perched on the edge of a sky-high platform, ready to step off into the abyss below? Because my family wants to try ziplining, that’s why. And though terrified, I don’t want to be left Read More