Going/Steady Ep. 14: Spelunking and Style in New England

In which we discuss:

  • Hartford’s (semi-)hidden Park River.
  • What to wear in New England.
  • Our top five favorite travel movies.

 

Summary

Kerri describes the past and present of the Park River, once a prominent feature of Hartford and now a curiosity most Connecticut residents know nothing about. (Johnna’s intelligent questions include, “Did people use it for, like, water?”) Then we talk about what to wear when traveling in New England and give a few packing tips for anyone planning a trip in the region. Finally, we share our five favorite travel movies (hint: Kerri’s theme is life falling apart, Johnna’s is women who do whatever the $@%! they want, and we both love a road trip.)

Links

To learn more about the Park River, visit parkwatershed.org.

A pdf map of the river and its flood control system is available here.

We refer several times to the iQuilt Plan.

And here are some images of the Park River to look at as you listen:

 

Johnna’s Movie Picks:

  1. Tracks
  2. Gadjo Dilo
  3. Transsiberian
  4. Horatio’s Drive
  5. Long Way Round and Long Way Down

Kerri’s Movie Picks:

  1. Baraka
  2. Amelie and French Kiss
  3. Roman Holiday
  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  5. National Lampoon’s Vacation and National Lampoon’s European Vacation

 

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

Music: “Below the Waves” by Keshco

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