2020

2020 – Year in Exploration

Stats:

  • 1 website complete crash
  • 6 months rebuilding
  • 99 locations explored
    • Coming back to update this with a breakdown
  • 150,878 website views
  • 1,017 hours of YouTube movies watched
Story of 2020

  • exploreCT.org’s 2020 mirrored the tumultuousness of the real world. I had the stirrings of server problems at the end of 2019 continuing through January and February until [The Great Crash] came in March.
  • I was forced to delete my site, lose my backups, and rebuild from square one
  • Rebuilding was much slower than I expected taking a full six months to get [Back to 100%]. But, the site was stronger, faster, better; or so I thought.
  • In the Fall, cleared from rebuilding the site, I had a list of changes accumulated that I was looking to fix. I would update one aspect, fix a gap, tweak and customize only to realize doing so had broken elements of my site and exposed weaknesses I didn’t know where there.
  • These broken elements and weaknesses were technical jargon filled messes. But, I treated it like a puzzle in a video game. I had to solve this puzzle by reading notes left by others (questions in online forums) piecing the disparate information together while figuring out how it applied to the unfamiliar style of puzzle in front of me. Let me tell you, it was SO satisfying to finally unlock the puzzle and fix the issues.
  • Heading into 2021, the site is (for now) at its best point ever and well positioned to in breadth, depth, and usefulness.

Cotton Hollow

★★★★☆

41.664113, -72.585052

Cotton Hollow Preserve Glastonbury Town Park 83 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Main Area: Medium sized lot for “Residents Only” near 501 Hopewell Road Glastonbury, CT Western… Read more…

Sprague Land Preserve

★★★★☆

154 Holton Rd, North Franklin, CT, USA

Sprague Land Preserve Sprague Town Park Location: 691 acres in Franklin and Sprague, CT Parking: Watson Section Parking: Medium sized lot past 154 Holton Rd North Franklin,… Read more…

Sleeping Giant

★★★★★

200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT, USA

Sleeping Giant State Park Connecticut State Park 1,465 acres in Hamden, CT Parking: Main Lot: Large lot at 200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT   East End: Small… Read more…

Diana’s Pool

★★★★☆

20 Dianas Pool Rd, Chaplin, CT, USA

Diana’s Pool State Designated Water Access 15 acres in Chaplin, CT Parking: Small lot at 20 Dianas Pool Rd Chaplin, CT Trail Map       Trails: Less than… Read more…