America’s Ten Favorite State Parks

USA Today recently ran a Readers’ Choice/10Best poll about the top ten state parks in the America. Here are the results as we take a look at each park! We also discuss volunteering for the upcoming “I love My Park Day” at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY on May 2.

Watch this show on TV (see the schedule below) or online right here anytime!

 

This is episode 101 of Walk in the Park, and remaining scheduled cablecasts will occur on Ithaca area channels 13 and 97.3 at these times:

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, at 10 AM.

Tuesday, April 28, at 8 PM.

Spring Thaw at the Falls

Our Finger Lakes Park Minute #39. The City of Ithaca, NY is framed by two big waterfalls. Both put on a show when the water is high. Ithaca Falls is at the City’s northeast corner. Buttermilk Falls is at Ithaca’s southwest boundary.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions.
See our national award winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN, WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

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Butt Busting Trail Ice

Our newest Finger Lakes Park Minute (#38) warns us about the dangers of venturing out on icy trails this time of year.

Walking on trails in parks in the Finger Lakes region in early spring can be a tricky matter. With thawing and re-freezing, our footprints in lingering snow can become dangerous, slick ice. Many gorge trails are closed because of very thick, persistent, and extremely slippery ice formations covering the paths and steps. At Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY.

Ticking Lyme Bomb

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Adult and nymph deer tick

Lyme disease and its cousins have become epidemic in our part of the country. Most of us know someone, or may be someone, who has had Lyme. And now we are entering the most active season for us to be at risk for getting this terrible affliction.

Last spring, Ithaca area herbalist and educator Becca Harber gave a workshop at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca entitled, “Lyme Disease: Prevention and Care.” I videoed the workshop and separated it into three parts to show as a series in my weekly Ithaca public access TV show, Walk in the Park. Ithaca public access TV station, PEGASYS, will be showing them again over the next three weeks, one part each succeeding week.

Part 1 begins tonight at 9 PM on Ithaca cable channels 13 and 97.3. This episode will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally next Tuesday at 8 PM. Then part 2 will begin on Thursday, April 9, and so forth.

Also you can watch the three episodes here on this website anytime.

Part 1         Part 2        Part 3

Pdf files of handouts distributed at the beginning of the workshop are available on the page for Part 1.

 

Finger Lakes Park Minute: Slow Thaw at Buttermilk Falls

Park Minute #36

It’s been a long, cold winter in the Finger Lakes and winter is loosening its grip slowly. In Park Minute 36 we look at the big waterfall in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY on two dates ten days apart in March 2015.

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Or see them all here on this vidblog.

Our popular book, ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, is now available in a new digital edition.
And have you seen our national-award-winning book, A WALK Through WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE in STONE?

Finger Lakes Park Minute: Slow Thaw at Ithaca Falls

Finger Lakes Park Minute #37.

February’s heavy armor of ice on the face of Ithaca Falls yields very slowly to the reluctant approach of spring. In Ithaca, NY in New York’s Finger Lakes region, near south end of Cayuga Lake.

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Our popular book, ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, is now available in a new digital edition.
And have you seen our national-award-winning book, A WALK Through WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE in STONE?

Ithaca Falls Ice!

Our newest Finger Lakes Park Minute! As winter gives up stubbornly to the official arrival of spring this week, we take a short look back to the enormous cladding of ice on the face of 150-feet-high Ithaca Falls earlier in March.

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Have you seen our new digital edition of our popular book, ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES?

Taughannock Ice!

February 2015 was the coldest month on record in the Ithaca area of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and it did not go unnoticed at the area’s many waterfalls, including the tallest, Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State in Trumansburg, NY, along the west shore of Cayuga Lake ten miles north of Ithaca. No one can remember a taller, broader ice dome under the falls than this year’s. Enjoy this Finger Lakes Park Minute, and you can find others on this vidblog.

Park Minute 34 was produced by Owl Gorge Productions. All rights reserved. Check out our e-book edition of Ithaca-the City, Gorges, and Collegesand our national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

How Much Did Cayuga Lake Freeze?

February 2015 was the coldest month on record in the Ithaca area, in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. And this winter was the first time Cayuga Lake came close to freezing over end-to-end since 1979. And from many perspectives on this lake that stretches beyond anyone’s horizon, at least while they are standing on the ground, Cayuga Lake did appear to be totally covered by a layer of ice, however thick or thin. In this 100th episode of Walk in the Park, let’s take a look at the evidence of Cayuga Lake’s freeze, from land and sky, and even from space!

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue showing this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 AM on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97,3, and finally on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, at 8 PM. And you can watch it right here online at any time!

Have you seen our new e-book edition of our popular book, ITHACA–the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES? And our national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN–WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE?