Studying the Ice Age at Devils Lake, Wisconsin

Devil's Lake from the top

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 screaming kids headed for waterpark fun in one of the many family-oriented resort-and-amusement parks of the Wisconsin Dells. Now, … [Read more...]

Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Wisconsin

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

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...]

Ziplining in Wisconsin Dells

Dells Zipline

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...]

Hitting the Water Slides at Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells

The Scorpion's Tail at Noah's Ark propels riders more than 50 feet per second. (Courtesy Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau)

I nervously eye the long, clear tube. Ten stories high, it plunges steeply down, tilts to a 45-degree angle while making an enormous loop-de-loop, then drops into a narrow chute, where it deposits its contents — humans. Dubbed the Scorpion's Tail, … [Read more...]