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.

Taft Tunnel

★★☆☆☆

41.554334, -72.036052

Taft Tunnel Lisbon Historical Landmark 10 acres in Lisbon, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 679 River Road, Lisbon, CT Trail Map        Trails: Less than… Read more…

Whitaker Woods

★★★☆☆

41.981577, -72.427999

Whitaker Woods Northern Connecticut Land Trust 266 acres in Somers, CT Parking: Small lot near 55 Wells Rd Somers, CT Trail Map      Trails: 4.2 miles … Read more…

Kings Island

★★★☆☆

41.954496, -72.612596

Kings Island Eversource Land Trust 120 acres in Enfield and Suffield, CT Parking: Access by water only, nearest boat launch is Kings Island Boat Launch Boat launch… Read more…

Fox Hill Tower

★★★☆☆

41.863053, -72.444422

Fox Hill Memorial Tower / Henry Park Vernon Town Park 44 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: Closest for Tower/Overlook: Pull-off for a dozen cars near Tower Rd… Read more…

Lisbon Meadows

★★☆☆☆

41.601340, -72.019713

Lisbon Meadows Park Lisbon Town Park 59 acres in Lisbon, CT Parking: Large lot near 39 S Burnham Hwy, Lisbon, CT Trail Map    Trails: 2.5 miles … Read more…

Burnham Tavern

★★☆☆☆

41.629167, -72.014198

Burnham Tavern Trail Lisbon Town Park 129 acres in Lisbon, CT Parking: Small lot near 60 Kimball Road, Lisbon, CT Trail Map    Trails: 1.7 miles   … Read more…

Bradley-Buchanan Woods

★★☆☆☆

41.768867, -72.192557

Bradley-Buchanan Woods / Pond Lot Joshua’s Trust 39 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: For Bradley-Buchanan: Shoulder parking past 14 Edgewood Ln Exd, Mansfield, Connecticut For Pond Lot:… Read more…