What could be more American than Orange Crush and the red, white and blue? This is Fish Creek, one of several classic Americana towns along the road up through Door Country. Photo by Mark Baker.
I post way too many photos of my breakfasts, especially since I usually order the same scrambled, hash browns and bacon. This was a pretty decent effort at the tiny diner attached to the Bay Motel in Green Bay. Photo by Mark Baker.
A shot of one of the harbors in Bayfield, a pretty resort town in northern Wisconsin and filled with Victorians, antique shops, restaurants and boats. Photo by Mark Baker.
A skill you quickly learn while touring the Upper Midwest is how to work the motel-room coffee machine. I've seen every style imaginable, but I still have no idea why Keurig was ever invented and what purpose it serves. Photo by Mark Baker.
The highlight of touring Lambeau Field in Green Bay was actually standing on (well, very near) the playing field. It brings out the kid in you. Photo by Mark Baker.
To be honest, I had no intention of swimming anyway. I didn't know that electro-shock drowning was actually a thing, but apparently they even have an association for it. Bizarre. Photo by Mark Baker.
I so wish we could get good pickles in Prague. Lord knows they've got the cucumbers, they just prefer sweet to sour pickles. These are the real deal, at Lautenbach's, outside of Fish Creek in Door County. Photo by Mark Baker.
Just another pretty house in just another pretty town. This is a street shot from Bayfield, in the north of the state across from the Apostle Islands. Photo by Mark Baker.
Monster turkey-club sandwich, the 'Turkenstein,' at the Comet cafe in Milwaukee. Photo by Mark Baker.
Bucket-list item checked off! Lambeau Field, Green Bay. Photo by Mark Baker.
Pink flamingos in the parking lot of Maggie's restaurant in Bayfield. Photo by Mark Baker.
An empty Lambeau Field in Green Bay as seen from the luxury boxes around the top of the stadium. Photo by Mark Baker.
A typical building in Milwaukee's Fifth Ward. It's a really likable city, with a unselfconscious retro vibe that's refreshing. Photo by Mark Baker.
Part of the tour of Lambeau Field in Green Bay was running out through the tunnel, just as the players do on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Mark Baker.
Downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. As I walk through these old downtowns, I'm amazed by a couple of things: how well-maintained and photogenic they are; and also how empty. Photo by Mark Baker.
Iconic statue of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, outside of Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Photo by Mark Baker.
Another breakfast. This one at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Door County, may very well turn out to be the best of the trip. Crispy hash browns, jam, gluten-free toast and hot sauce. They've won awards here for their breakfasts. Photo by Mark Baker.
You can't miss the bright pink facade and all the pink flamingoes of 'Maggie's' restaurant in the town of Bayfield, the main port for exploring the Apostle Islands. Photo by Mark Baker.