This week, I decided to write about another local beauty: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha, Wis. Heckrodt is likely unfamiliar to many of you, but its uniqueness comes from being a “76-acre urban nature reserve with habitats including forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, open field and upland forest. Persisting despite the urbanization that continues to grow around it, the Reserve is home to numerous species of reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl nest and feed in its protection” (Heckrodt’s website).
South Dakota, for some reason, is a very popular vacation spot for my family, so, I have been there five times throughout my life. Whenever we go, we always try to visit Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, which is in Custer, S.D. and is a part of the Black Hills. You may know Sylvan Lake as the lake “behind” Mount Rushmore in the Nicholas Cage movie, "National Treasure 2." While that’s not true, many visitors to South Dakota know they should visit Custer State Park, where they’ll eventually discover the beauty of Sylvan Lake.
Just like that, it’s ninth week again. It’s technically my seventh ninth week, but I barely even remember having a normal one with a normal life in Lawrence and the world. For me, the last “normal” ninth week was fall 2019. Winter 2020’s ninth week bordered the coming weeks full of shock, bad news and goodbyes, while Spring 2020’s was spent at home. This is my first term back on campus, but even that hasn’t helped much. It’s still ninth week, and it’s usually always rough.