2021 Year in Exploration


  • 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

Kongscut Mountain


887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT

Kongscut Mountain / Phillips Cave Loop Connecticut State Forest 1,100 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Small pull of near 887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT Trail Map … Read more…

Legend Wood


41.489036, -71.876836

Legend Wood / Wyassup Lake Connecticut State Forest / Blue Blaze Trail in North Stonington, CT Parking: West End: Small lot at Wyassup Boat Launch East End:… Read more…

Halls Pond


92 Kennerson Rd, Eastford, CT, USA

Halls Pond Connecticut State Boat Launch 1.5 acres in Eastford, CT Parking: Small lot and shoulder parking near 92 Kennerson Rd, Eastford, CT Boat Launch Map   … Read more…

Boston Turnpike Trail


145-101 CT-198, Pomfret Center, CT 06259, USA

Boston Turnpike Trail Eastford Town Park / Connecticut State Forest 104 acres in Eastford, CT Parking: Small lot near 145-101 CT-198, Pomfret, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Rose Hill WMA


77-5 Thomas Rd, Ledyard, CT, USA

Rose Hill Wildlife Management Area Wildlife Management Area 692 acres in Ledyard, CT Parking: Hiking Trail Parking: Shoulder parking near 77-5 Thomas Rd, Ledyard, CT Other Parking:… Read more…

Scantic River State Park


41.985371, -72.526759

Scantic River State Park Connecticut State Park 784 acres in East Windsor, Enfield, and Somers, CT Parking: Hazardville (“Scantic River West”) North of the river – Small… Read more…