Posts By: Lisa Meyers McClintick

Meeting Muhammed Ali & the serendipity of travel

Picking up a scrawny 7-year-old (that would be me) was no effort for legendary boxer Muhammed Ali in 1976. “Muhammed Ali’s on the plane!” News like that spreads fast–especially in 1976 near the prime of his career. Muhammed Ali, one of America’s greatest sports legends, turns 70 today. I was only 7 when our paths… Read more »

Watch trumpeter swans in Park Rapids, Minnesota

No snow needed for winter birdwatchingIt may be winter, but Minnesota claims excellent bird-watching with the comeback of trumpeter swans. The biggest flock of trumpeters gathers in Monticello along the Mississippi River, but you also can get close to this flock in Park Rapids which is closer to summer nesting areas.  Take a look at… Read more »

Family travel tips for MSP Airport

Plan ahead during the busiest travel times It’s the busiest time of year for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as Minnesota families head out for the holidays or spring break. It’s wise to arrive at least two hours early for your flight, even if it’s domestic and there are no threats of snow storms…. Read more »

Best Midwest ice cream shops keep you cool

Enjoy the Midwest’s tastiest ice cream Barb at Pumphouse Creamery One of the best parts of summer is seeking out the Midwest’s best ice cream stand, shop, parlor or drive-in. Grab a crispy, crunchy cone, pile it high with dense, sweet ice cream or tangy, refreshing sorbet. It’s one of the most luscious (and cool)… Read more »

Take the kids on a farm stay vacation

Mary Veraguth helps our girls collect fresh eggs for breakfast. Story & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Join in with farm chores and fun at Wisconsin’s Room to Roam Want to hear your kids shriek with joy? Let them run loose at Room to Roam, a working farm perched along the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs… Read more »

Where to see a moose? Drive until you lose your cell signal.

If you want to spot a moose, drive north until your phone signal stops working. Seriously. That seems to be the trick. You have to get out there on the edge of wilderness. A bit of luck helps, too. We’ve now had two moose sightings this year. The first one was in January on Minnesota’s… Read more »

Find alternative vacation plans with Minnesota shutdowns

Families love Clear Lake Campground at Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin. State park closed? Try national forests or county campgrounds Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintickThere are surely moans (or shrieks) of frustration today as weekend and summer plans are foiled by the Minnesota government shutdown. It has closed all Minnesota state… Read more »

Wilderness Inquiry family adventure through Voyageurs National Park

Our guides, Virginia and Max, purposely swamp the canoe for a “tip test,” a lesson in getting it upright again. Life lessons in the wildFinding strength despite challenges of ADHD and Crohn’s Kate leads the paddle back to Big Sky Island, Voyageurs NP. Photos & story by Lisa Meyers McClintickOriginally published in Minneapolis Star Tribune… Read more »

Bargain family travel: Free National Parks Day

Geysers and waterfalls often nab the attention at Yellowstone National Park, but quieter Lamar Valley has its own beauty. See more than presidents at Mt. Rushmore. Celebrate the start of summerIn honor of the longest day of the year, the National Parks Service is offering free admission on Tuesday, June 21. It not only kicks… Read more »

Minnesota’s Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trails open

You’d never know this ultra-clear lake near Crosby was formerly a mine pit. Former mines transform into a premiere playground Jenny Smith heading through Boot Camp. One of Minnesota’s best-kept secrets, the Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area, won’t be under the radar much longer. The buzz has been building for years among mountain biking fans…. Read more »