2021

2021 Year in Exploration

Stats

  • 65 locations explored
  • 156,419 views to the site
  • 1285 hours of my movies watched on YouTube
  • 3 TV interviews for WFSB
  • 1 podcast on Backyard Road Trips
  • Several hundred pages delisted from Google Search and a few hundred brought back

The story of ExploreCT’s 2021 falls into two halves.  The first half was firing on all cylinders exploring new places, updating the site, writing newsletters, making movies, and befriending new people.  The second half saw the site be delisted by Google for not loading fast enough according to their updated ‘Core Web Vitals’ and a resulting massive drop in traffic.  It was technical to fix and I don’t think fully resolved but Google’s algorithms have made connections back to my site.

Hikes by Month

Bear Hill

★★☆☆☆

41.532457, -72.59797

Mattabesett: Bear Hill & Kätchen Coley Mountain Laurel Preserve CFPA Blue Blaze Trail and Middletown Town Park 100 acres in Middletown, CT Parking: North End: Shoulder parking… Read more…

Dinosaur Caves

★★☆☆☆

41.532688, -71.792088

Narragansett: Dinosaur Caves Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail 200 acres in Voluntown, CT Parking: Small lot on Camp Yawgoog Rd, Rockville, RI Trail Map   … Read more…

Green Fall Pond

★★★☆☆

41.535437, -71.810033

Green Fall Pond Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail 200 acres in Voluntown, CT Parking: Large lot near Green Fall Pond Rd, Voluntown, CT Trail Map … Read more…

Boothroyd Preserve

★★☆☆☆

48 Tolland Turnpike, Tolland, CT

Ernie Boothroyd Nature Preserve & Bellante Preserve Northern Connecticut Land Trust 94 acres in Ellington, CT Parking: East Side: Shoulder parking near 50 Tolland Turnpike, Tolland, CT… Read more…

Zemko Pond WMA

★☆☆☆☆

41.497541, -72.258677

Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 464 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Small lot near 220 Round Hill Road, Salem, CT Trail Map      Trails:… Read more…

Bear Hill WMA

★★☆☆☆

Bear Hill Rd, Bozrah, CT 06334, USA

Bear Hill Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 365 acres in Bozrah, CT Parking: Small lot at the end of Bear Hill Rd, Bozrah, CT Hunting Map   … Read more…

Pease Brook WMA

★☆☆☆☆

103-213 Horiska Rd, Lebanon, CT, USA

Pease Brook Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 213 acres in Lebanon, Franklin, and Bozrah, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 103-213 Horiska Rd, Lebanon, CT Hunting Map … Read more…

Talbot WMA

★★☆☆☆

41.683653, -72.110309

Nathan and Anne Talbot Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 504 acres in Scotland, CT Parking: Small lot near 302 Bass Rd, Scotland, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Steep Rock Preserve

★★★★☆

2 Tunnel Rd, Washington Depot, CT, USA

Steep Rock Preserve Steep Rock Association 998 acres in Washington, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 2 Tunnel Rd, Washington Depot, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Macricostas Preserve

★★★★☆

124 Christian St, New Preston, CT 06777, USA

Macricostas Preserve Steep Rock Association 560 acres in Washington, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 124 Christian St, New Preston, CT Trail Map         Trails:… Read more…