Fort Trumbull and New London History | Going/Steady & Grating the Nutmeg Crossover Episode

 

We’re doing something a little different this time: a crossover episode with Grating the Nutmeg, the podcast of Connecticut Explored.

Instead of our usual format, we’re giving you a segment we recorded for Grating the Nutmeg. In it, Kerri puts on her interviewing hat (it’s a metaphorical hat, but it’s really nice) and asks Johnna about the past and present of New London’s Fort Trumbull, the topic of an article Johnna wrote for the Spring 2019 issue of Connecticut Explored.

We’ve also added a bonus segment for Going/Steady listeners, with more New London travel inspiration for anyone who loves history and/or exploring the shoreline. In it, we talk about what to see, where to eat, and why you just can’t get away from Benedict Arnold around here.

Resources mentioned in this episode include the Thames River Heritage Park and New London Main Street.

 

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

Going/Steady Ep. 12: Things We Love (& Things That Confuse Us)

In which we discuss:

  • Connecticut’s weird new name-changing obsession.
  • Covered bridges and New England.
  • Our favorite travel books.

 

Summary

In this episode, Kerri and Johnna discuss what might be a hot new trend in Connecticut: debating whether to change the name of the airport and update the tourism slogan. We also talk about New England’s covered bridges. Finally, we go through our top five favorite travel books (and by five, Johnna means six.)

Links

If you’ve missed the local controversies du jour, here’s a bit of background on the new proposals to shake up Bradley International Airport and Still Revolutionary, as well as the Paul Manafort Drive incident.

We mentioned the New England Historical Society’s post on covered bridges (just don’t believe the numbers) and Vermont’s Covered Bridge Museum.

Johnna’s Favorite Travel Books:

  1. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia by Rebecca West
  2. The Journals of Lewis and Clark
  3. Great Plains by Ian Frazier
  4. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  5. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Erlich
  6. Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon

Kerri’s Favorite Travel Books:

  1. Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, And the Pleasure of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom 
  2. Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins 
  3. Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska by Miranda Weiss 
  4. Side Walks: A Journal for Exploring Your City by Kate Pocrass 
  5. Coney Island: Lost and Found by Charles Denson 

 

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

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

Going/Steady Ep. 11: All Ohio, All The Time

In which we discuss:

  • Our fondness for the Midwest, and how it compares to New England.
  • Our travel resolutions for 2019.

 

Summary

In this episode, Kerri and Johnna talk about traveling in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – aka the Midwest. We highlight a few favorite cities, towns, and routes, and ponder what New England could learn from the Midwest and vice versa. The discussion then turns to travel-related New Year’s resolutions, from our (realistic) dream destinations to forming better travel habits.

Links

First, a note about the audio: we recorded this in Johnna’s dining room; we promise she does not live in a truck stop, it just sounds like it for some reason. However, you should be able to hear us over the noise of the traffic, and we hope you’re not too annoyed!

We talk about the weird, coast-to-coast Connecticut envisioned by the Royal Charter of 1662 and the Connecticut Western Reserve, aka the Western Reserve region of Ohio, which Johnna wrote about a few years ago.

Detroit places mentioned include Cadillac SquareRainbow City, and Eastern Market.

Indianapolis places mentioned include Broad Ripple and the Monon Trail. The swanky Barnes & Noble in an old bank building was, in fact, a swanky Borders in an old bank building, and it has since closed. (It was pretty fancy though.)

We talk about US-50 and the Great River Road.

Middletown OH, where Hillbilly Elegy was set, has multiple drive-thru package stores. Toledo has its own very accurate song.

Cincinnati and St. Louis have many neighborhoods.

Kansas City has a fancy open-air shopping mall.

Modern Love is the vegan restaurant in Omaha that Kerri was talking about (though it turns out there are others) and it is not in the area Johnna was thinking of, which is Old Market.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is in Kansas and Badlands National Park is in South Dakota.

The new Instagram account for The Size of Connecticut is @thesizeofct.

The World Before Your Feet includes an awkward street photography scene and is worth seeing for those who like looking at cities up close.

 

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

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

 

 

Going/Steady Ep. 10: Connecticut Art, New England Travel, and Workcation

In which we discuss:

  • Ways to see art in Connecticut.
  • Why tourists come to New England, and what they’re encouraged to see.
  • How to actually get work done while traveling.

 

Summary

This month, Johnna and Kerri talk about various ways to get some art into your life in the Nutmeg State, from mural walks to open studios to the obvious: museums. Also, how do guidebooks and tourism websites rank New England places and activities? (Hint: it’s all about Boston and lobster, and we rant about that.) Plus, the digital nomad life looks glamorous, but often it’s not; we’ve accumulated some practical ways to get your work done when you’re on the road.

Special Moments

First, an audio warning: in this episode, Johnna says “like” a lot and has a scratchy voice, while Kerri sounds like she’s very far away – maybe she’s channeling some exciting travel experience? And there are wind chimes.

We recommend some top towns for mural-spotting (it’s the leaf-peeping of the other seasons, OK?) Places mentioned: Pawcatuck/Westerly, New London, and Willimantic. Plus, a mysterious mural project in Winsted and how to find New Deal murals. We also mention the Connecticut Art Trail and plug the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich and the New Britain Museum of American Art. There are too many open studios events to link to them all here, but to find one near you, search online for “Connecticut open studios.”

The websites Kerri read were Visit New England (that’s the one with the marijuana reference) and Discover New England. We also talk about the New England highlights of four guidebooks. If you still want to buy one of them after this discussion, Johnna’s snarky reviews of them contain links to the books: Fodor’s; Insight Guides; Rough Guide; Lonely Planet.

We also talk about Autumnwatch New England on PBS.

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

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

 

Going/Steady, Ep. 9: Qui Transtulit Sustinet

In which we discuss:

  • Our experiences on the Connecticut Wine Trail.
  • The joys of living in CT in the fall.
  • Some fun, questionable, and slightly terrifying ferry rides in the region.
  • How technology affects travel, for good and for ill.

 

Summary

Kerri and Johnna are back after an unplanned summer vacation from Going/Steady, and we start this episode off talking about local wineries and vineyards. (Are they the same thing? Who knows.) We also talk fall activities in the Nutmeg State, getting around in the Northeast by ferry, and how technology and social media have changed what’s it’s like to travel now.

Special Moments

Before recording this episode, we took a little field trip to Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. We also talk about Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, Lost Acres Vineyard in Granby, Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry, and Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford. For information about the Wine Trail and links to individual wineries, visit the website of the CT Wine Trail. We also talked about the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Geological Society of Connecticut.

If you’re interested in the autumnal activities we mentioned, check out Night Fall and the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Also check out the Connecticut Office of Tourism event calendar, as well as their list of Connecticut country fairs. For a good foliage walk, try Windsor Locks Canal Trail State Park, the Farmington Canal Trail, or the West Hartford Reservoirs.

If you’re intrigued by the history of Connecticut River ferries, read about them at the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.

We might seem a little obsessed with Instagram in our last segment. That’s because we’re on it a lot. Follow Johnna @johnnakaplan and @oldschoolct, and Kerri @realhartford and @kerrianaprovost.

 

Note: This podcast contains occasional, relatively lightweight curse-words. Use the earbuds at work or around the kiddos.

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco