I got some hiking in the other day in the Kettle Moraine. To many in the area, the Kettle Moraine is taken for granted as a backdrop part of the landscape. But what is it? The great hilly glacial feature that runs the length of eastern Wisconsin. It's technically an "interlobate moraine" - a bunch of glacial debris deposited at the confluence of two great lobes of ice that ground down into Wisconsin in the last ice age.
I looked out over a classic Wisconsin postcard scene through the rails.
Off to the west, I had a great view of the kames - steep conical glacial hills of debris formed when debris fell down through holes in the glaciers to the plain below.
After ascending the tower, I made a hike through the surrounding forest for several hours until darkness crept up to the crowns of the trees. The deep snow provided good exercise and warmth - and I wished I had my snowshoes.