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

Quaddick State Park


41.957243, -71.817554

Quaddick State Park Connecticut State Park 116 acres in Thompson, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 818 Quaddick Town Farm Rd, Thompson, CT Trail Map       … Read more…

Soapstone Mountain


41.961605, -72.408513

Soapstone Mountain Connecticut State Forest 1800 acres in Ellington, Somers, and Stafford, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 399 Gulf Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Garrison Park


495 Phoenixville Rd, Chaplin, CT, USA

Edward Garrison Park / Hubbard Sanctuary / Agnes’ Pasture Chaplin Town Park and Joshua’s Trust Property About 40 acres in Chaplin, CT Parking: Large lot behind Chaplin… Read more…

Mamacoke Island


41.391195, -72.099637

Mamcoke Island Connecticut State College Arboretum Park 40.5 acres in Waterford, CT Parking: Small pull off near 44 Benham Ave Quaker Hill, CT Trail Map      … Read more…