2021

2021 Year in Exploration

Other Years: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 20192020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023

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 |expand|

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 (All parking here will be…

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:…

Bear Den

★★☆☆☆

198 Skopek Rd, Union, CT, USA

Bear Den / Paine Hill – Nipmuck State Forest Connecticut State Forest Roughly 2600 acres in Union, CT Parking: North End: Shoulder parking near 198 Skopek Rd,…

Davis Forest

★★☆☆☆

Davis Forest Brooklyn Town Park 143 acres in Brooklyn, CT Parking: Medium sized lot at the end of Salmon Dr, Brooklyn, CT Trail Map       …

Nehantic State Forest East Lyme

★★☆☆☆

41.437927, -72.262657

Nehantic State Forest | East Lyme Block Connecticut State Forest 1,931 acres in East Lyme Parking: North End: Medium sized lot at the end of Holmes Rd …

Hollister Preserve

★★☆☆☆

460 Tall Timbers Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033, USA

Hollister Preserve Glastonbury Town Park & Kongscut Land Trust 74 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Shoulder parking for 1-2 cars near 460 Tall Timbers Rd, Glastonbury, CT Shoulder parking… Read more…

Yale Forest Camp

★★☆☆☆

41.969302, -72.112422

Yale Forest Camp Yale Forest in Union, CT and Eastford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 98 Bigelow Hollow Rd Union, CT Trail Map        Trails:…

Manship Park

★☆☆☆☆

50 Lovell Ln, Canterbury, CT

Robert Manship Park Canterbury Town Park 8 acres in Canterbury, CT Parking: Small lots near 50 Lovell Ln, Canterbury, CT Trail Map      Trails: 0.3 miles …

Kinne Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.677651, -72.011359

Kinne Preserve Canterbury Town Park 28 acres in Canterbury, CT 06331 Parking: Small lot near the end of Wisniewski Rd, Canterbury, CT Trail Map       …

Spignesi WMA

★☆☆☆☆

41.712963, -72.067512

James V. Spignesi Jr. WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 524 acres in Scotland, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 210 Pudding Hill Road, Hampton, CT Area Map …