A journey through Wisconsin’s rabbit hole
By Lindsay Renick Mayer I’m not quite prepared for the eccentricity of Kettle Moraine Oak Opening State Natural Area, where oak trees grow out, instead of up, straining to reach for the sun. Trees and invasive plants alike sprout new stems from their roots, multiplying, when other plants would instead succumb to fire. The terrain rolls up the moraine and down into kettles, up and down and up and down, disorienting even the most stalwart of navigator. Rocks the size of a Labrador retriever are randomly and periodically wedged into the inclines, otherwise surrounded by the seeming nothingness of open
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