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

Going/Steady Ep. 18: Imperfect Postcards From New England: Winter and Awkwardness

In which we discuss:

  • Winter activities, and lists thereof
  • New England seasonal travel habits, Instagram vs. Reality
  • Learning languages, and a bunch of Jewish stuff
  • The NYT’s new 52 Places list, and more Jewish stuff

 Summary

In our first episode of 2020, we talk about what to do in winter in New England, and how the local winter reality does not always square with the popular romantic image of snow-covered mountains and cozy inns. We also discuss cultural differences: how they make New England great and how they can make daily life awkward on occasion. We also talk about learning languages. Then we get into the new New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2020 list: do we want to visit these trendy spots? Why or why not? Plus, bonus ramble on current events and traveling while Jewish.

This is a somewhat strange episode; we wander off-topic whenever possible, and, oh yeah, we recorded it in a car. Also, Johnna says “like” approximately eleventy-billion times, and Kerri asks that important Hartford question, “Is the incinerator running?”

Links

In this episode, we mention:

CT Visit’s list of winter attractions.

The Size of Connecticut posts about what to do in winter in CT, where to shop for home goods, and visiting Philadelphia.

Real Hartford posts about First Day Hikes and alternatives.

Johnna on what to do in winter with kids on Star 99.9.

The Connecticut origins of Lender’s Bagels.

The NYT’s 52 Places to Go in 2020.

 

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

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

 

 

Going/Steady Ep. 17: Sea Unicorns, Winter Camping, and Other Improbable Things

In which we discuss:

  • Connecticut wildlife encounters
  • Winter camping in New England
  • Our travel and transportation annoyances, rants, and pet peeves

Summary

This month, we’re talking about wildlife: specifically, our encounters with wildlife in Connecticut, be they sad, scary, or amusing. We’ve got coyotes, possums (!), bees, deer, and more. (So much more that Kerri forgot to mention the time an emu crossed her path in Tolland, and Johnna forgot to mention the time she was bitten by red ants on her own sidewalk.) We also discuss winter camping in our region. Johnna thinks it would likely kill her; Kerri think it may be “the anti-Hygge” but does it anyway, and she shares her tips. Finally, we kvetch about travel peeves, from planes, trains, and automobiles to perplexing signage. And we get a little off-topic, of course!

Links

During our first segment, we mention:

Deer whistles.

A possum (possum? opossum?) encounter in Southbury.

Kevin, the Wethersfield Turkey and (his fan club on Facebook.)

The escaped donkey in Waterford.

Why the Connecticut College mascot is a camel.

The new Norwich Sea Unicorns.

In our second segment, Kerri mentions her Thanksgiving camping adventure. Lest you think she was glamping, here’s photographic proof she was not:

Thanksgiving_Camping_Willington

In our last segment, we mention:

The recent truck on the tracks incident in New London.

The car on the Parade Plaza incident in New London seems to have escaped the Internet, but here’s a moving truck that also caused some drama there.

 

 

Going/Steady Ep. 16: Exploring Doors and More (With Special Guest Deb Cohen)

In which we discuss:

  • Colorful front doors and other Connecticut attractions.
  • Local and regional exploration habits, and how what we personally enjoy doing is sometimes different than what we share with others.
  • How your travel “type” (solo, family, group, younger, older, etc.) subtly influences what you enjoy.

 

Summary

We’re back, and we have a guest! Deb Cohen of the Front Door Project joins Kerri and Johnna to talk about the Connecticut Barns Trail and how her Instagram account featuring homes in her West Hartford neighborhood became a blog and a community. Plus, Deb’s take on those people who whine about living in the Nutmeg State. Next, we discuss how sometimes the things we love to do locally – like wander in historic districts or find old chimneys in the woods – aren’t always the places we share with visitors. Finally, we ponder how our preferred travel activities can change depending on where we are in life and who we’re with. Topics include going to vineyards alone, going on vacation with kids, and not going to the aquarium when it’s filled with children.

Links

Read Deb’s post about the Connecticut Barns Trail.

Find Deb at her blog, The Front Door Project, as well as her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Listen to our previous episode on solo travel and travel fears.

 

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco