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

Palmer Kendall Mountain


145 Cook Rd, Tolland, CT, USA

Palmer Kendall Mountain Conservation Area Tolland Conservation Area 74 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Small pull off near 145 Cook Rd Tolland, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Penwood State Park


41.849723, -72.779525

Penwood State Park Connecticut State Park 787 acres in Simsbury and Bloomfield, CT Parking: Main Parking: Medium lot near 174 Hartford Rd, Simsbury, CT North End: Shoulder… Read more…

Hyde Park


41.948381, -72.311901

Hyde Park Stafford Town Park 150 acres in Stafford, CT Parking: Small lot near 1-15 Hyde Park Rd Stafford Springs, CT Trail Map         Trails: 2… Read more…

Spiderweed Preserve


41.518443, -72.599637

Spiderweed Preserve Middlesex Land Trust 157 acres in Middletown, CT Parking: Shoulder parking for about 5 cars near 80 Dripps Road, Middletown, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Benton Homestead


154 Metcalf Rd, Tolland, CT

Daniel Benton Homestead Tolland Historical Location 12 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Small parking area at 154 Metcalf Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map          Trails:… Read more…