Great post, softhackle.
While on a temporary gig in Kenosha in 2002 I would have every other weekend off there in WI with a company paid rental car (I paid for the gas and car washes after off road trips). I got to fish some of the Sand County area streams so your photos look really familiar. I only had a 7.5 ft 4 wt 3 piece rod, not very conducive to stealth, which contributed to my not taking any of those nice brook trout.
I did catch a couple of nice rainbows that weekend in the Driftless area, the type of terrain to which this hillbilly is more accustomed.
Thanks for sharing.