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.

Avery Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.454064, -72.046999

Avery Preserve Avalonia Land Conservancy 101.4 acres in Ledyard, CT Parking: Small lot near 55-35 Avery Hill Rd, Ledyard, CT Trail Map.        Trails: 1.5 miles   … Read more…

TriTown Forest

★★★☆☆

41.520461, -71.900346

TriTown Forest Preserve Avalonia Land Conservancy 527.23 acres in North Stonington, Preston, and Griswold, CT Parking: Small lot near 87 Miller Rd, North Stonington, CT Trail Map          Trails: 9… Read more…

Herrick Park

★★☆☆☆

29 Hebron Rd, Bolton, CT 06043, USA

Herrick Park Bolton Town Park 20 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Medium lot at 29 Hebron Rd, Bolton, CT Trail Map      Trails: 1 mile   … Read more…

Castlerock Lane

★☆☆☆☆

41.736894, -72.423560

Castlerock Lane Bolton Land Trust 32 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: At the cul-de-sac at the ned of Castlerock Lane Bolton, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Mill Brook Park

★★☆☆☆

41.767405, -72.301995

Mill Brook Park Coventry Town Park 8 acres in Coventry, CT Parking: Small lot near 1265 Main St, Coventry, CT Trail Map        Trails: 0.35… Read more…

Whispering Winds

★☆☆☆☆

41.534302, -72.371120

Whispering Winds Colchester Land Trust 25 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: At the end of the cul-de-sac near 247 Usher Swamp Rd Colchester, CT Trail Map   … Read more…

Meadow Brook

★☆☆☆☆

41.582545, -72.379056

Meadow Brook WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 269 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Small lot near 13 Prospect Hill Road, Colchester, CT Map       Trails: 2… Read more…

Babcock Pond

★☆☆☆☆

653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT, USA

Babcock Pond WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,524 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Boat launch: Small lot near 653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT Trails: Small lot near… Read more…

Camp Aya-Po

★★★☆☆

42.018110, -72.405841

Camp Aya-Po Somers Town Park 178 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 70 Camp Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map       Trails: 3.1 miles … Read more…

Skyline Scenic Area

★★☆☆☆

42.028629, -72.429465

Skyline Scenic Area Northern Connecticut Land Trust 65 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 312 Stafford Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map        Trails:… Read more…