Going/Steady Ep. 23: The Quarantine Diaries

In which we discuss:

  • The adventure muscles we’re losing in the #staysafestayhome era.
  • What historic cemeteries can teach us in this morbid moment.

 

It’s another mini-episode, pandemic style – with a twist. We’re not Zooming this time, but sharing with you some thoughts, individually recorded, on what we’ve been doing recently. Johnna’s in a closet in New London, talking about traveling, hiking, and fear. Kerri’s in a Hartford neighborhood full of partying children – don’t worry, you can’t hear them – talking about wandering in Connecticut’s burial places. 

Links & Further Info:

The article where Kerri’s Elvis quote came from.

Kerri’s graveyard tips: 

  • Before you go, look at the cemetery website, if they have one. They may have a map showing who is in which section, or if there are self-guided tours. When we are done with this pandemic, there may be group tours or other events.  
  •  Look at Find a Grave which can tell you which notables may be buried in the graveyard you wish to visit. You can also use the “Famous” tab to find where well-known people — and animals — are buried, searching by their claim to fame. 
  • Bring water and snacks. Not all will have bathroom facilities. Plan accordingly. 
  • Avoid leaning on stones. They fall over easier than you might think. Watch where you step — groundhog holes and smaller stones can be tripping hazards. 
  • Note the section you are in, if possible, so if you have a medical situation or anything else happens, you can be descriptive when making that call. This becomes more important when in larger cemeteries where “by the angel” will not work as a landmark.

A few of Kerri’s favorite cemeteries: 

  • Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford, CT) 
  • Spring Grove Cemetery (Hartford, CT) 
  • Temple Beth Torah Memorial Park (Wethersfield, CT) 
  • Shantok Burial Ground (Uncasville, CT) 
  • Ye Antientist Burial Ground (New London,CT) 
  • South Cemetery (Tolland, CT) 
  • Warwick Poor Farm Cemetery (Warwick, RI) 
  • Provincetown Cemetery (Provincetown, MA)

 

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

Going/Steady Ep. 22: Pandemic-Style Travel

In which we discuss:

  • Masks, and lack of masks.
  • Public restrooms, and other travel dilemmas. 
  • Outdoor tips for beginners.

 

Since our last mini episode, time has flown by…or has it stood still? In this episode, we’re still Going Nowhere, so we talk about what we’re seeing around the state in July 2020 as far as mask-wearing and space-creating goes. The pandemic has caused or amplified some issues with even local travel. (Who could have predicted rest stop bathrooms would become so terrifying?) We have advice for managing that. Many people have picked up new hobbies during the shutdown, including spending time outdoors. We have tips for newbies who might still have the “aah outdoors is scary!” mentality. 

Please excuse the uneven audio quality in this episode; we promise Johnna is not recording from inside a running faucet, it’s just Zoom.

Links:

Example of a water company map

Example of a GIS map.

Kerri’s visit to the place that required bushwacking.

CT State Parks & Forests

Land trusts in Connecticut.

Connecticut Coastal Access Guide

Connecticut Greenways

CT Audubon.

Johnna’s visit to the Florence Griswold Museum grounds.

 

 
Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

Going/Steady (Mini) Ep. 21: the Going/Nowhere Solo Seder Edition

Welcome to a special, Zoom-enabled, preparation-free mini-episode of Going/Steady. We’re going nowhere right now, just staying home, staying safe, and keeping six feet away from other people. Oh, and getting ready for the first night of Passover!

We apologize for any audio issues (including the fact that half of New London decided to turn on their drills and leaf blowers in Johnna’s neighborhood during this recording) and for the fact that our usual intro, outro, and music was saved on Kerri’s other computer.

We hope you enjoy this hastily assembled episode, and most of all we hope you’re doing well in these crazy times.

Going/Steady Ep. 20: Have Yourself a Quaint Little Quarantine

In which we discuss:

  • How our lives have changed, or not, due to Covid-19 
  • The confusion of “stay at home” and what we can do now, travel-wise
  • What we’re dreaming of doing when this is all over

 

Links:

Governor Lamont’s 54-page Covid-19 FAQ.

DEEP Guidelines on using Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests for “solitary outdoor enjoyment.”

How to be responsible during a Viral Emergency, from Real Hartford. 

15 Outdoor Spaces for Social Distancing in Connecticut, from The Size of Connecticut. 

Road trip inspiration for the future:

A Northwest Connecticut Road Trip

A Connecticut River Valley Road Trip

A Revolutionary Road Trip: Rochambeau in Connecticut

3 Northern Connecticut Fall Foliage Drives

Going/Steady’s crossover episode with the podcast Grating the Nutmeg, Fort Trumbull and New London History.

 

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going/Steady Ep. 19: Plagues! (But also, Books!)

In which we discuss:

  • Various Connecticut-related topics that have been on our minds lately
  • Our top 5 New England-related books
  • Travel in the time of COVID-19

Summary

Same car, same iPhone, different month, different city: February’s episode of Going/Steady was recorded in New Haven, and in it, Kerri and Johnna get into budget cuts, George Washington’s sleeping habits, and anti-vaxxers. Then we list some of our fave New England books, from fiction to travel, from semi-high-brow to Barnes & Noble bestseller table. We also discuss the new coronavirus that’s freaking everyone out (including us) and how it, or other fears, might impact our travel plans. On a positive note, we have some healthy travel tips!

Links

In this episode, we mention Episode 12, in which we discuss our top 5 travel books.

Johnna’s New England book picks:

  1. Old Seaport Towns of New England by Hildegarde Hawthorne
  2. Connecticut: A Guide to its Roads, Lore, & People by Federal Writers’ Project
  3. Colonial American Travel Narratives
  4. Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer
  5. The Life of John Ledyard, the American Traveller, by Jared Sparks

Kerri’s New England book picks:

  1. The novels of Stephen King
  2. The Outermost House by Henry Beston
  3. The works of Jhumpa Lahiri
  4. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  5. The poetry of Donald Hall

 

Note: This podcast may contain occasional curse-words. Use the earbuds at work or around the kiddos.

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco