Finger Lakes Park Minute: The Flood Zone in Watkins Glen

Glen Alpha is the traditional name for the first full section of the gorge called Watkins Glen, in Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region. We continue our exploration of Glen Alpha in episode 32 of Finger Lakes Park Minute, this time looking where Glen Creek continues its downward erosion, deepening this spectacular section of gorge. Cavern Cascade and Minnehaha Falls are in the background.

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Finger Lakes Ice from Above!

Mid-winter has its grip on the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and their waterfalls, including Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. See views from space, from the air, and from the shores. Dreams and memories of summer are not gone as we visit Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park. At Taughannock, we look at how the lip of the great waterfall has changed since the 1800s.

This Walk in the Park episode #98 shows on Ithaca cable channels 13 and 97.3 beginning Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 9 PM, repeating on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM.

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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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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Ithaca Falls February Freeze

In this Finger Lakes Park Minute (#31), we take another look at Ithaca Falls, deep in winter’s icy grip. This 150-feet-high waterfall in Ithaca, NY is just a short walk from Lake Street and nearby parking. Once owned by Cornell University, it is now a City park.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: The Cliffs of Glen Alpha, Watkins Glen State Park

The first full section of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park, called Glen Alpha in the old days, is a dramatic chasm with high cliffs, bisected by Glen Creek and its waterfalls. Huge joint fractures crease the cliffs and leave smooth, flat walls towering above you. Watkins Glen State Park is the oldest state park in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone, available online as an e-book, and the gorgeous print version is available in the park gift shop.
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Finger Lakes Park Minute: The View from Sentry Bridge

After climbing through Entrance Tunnel, you get your first view into the spectacular interior of Watkins Glen along the Gorge Trail, in Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Park Minute #29.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015.

Icy Gorges and Mountains

This week’s new episode (#97) of Walk in the Park begins cablecasting today, Thursday, at 9 PM on Ithaca, NY’s channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 8 PM.

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Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

From the bottoms of the gorges of the Finger Lakes region of New York to the summits of the Adirondack High Peaks, winter has gripped our world. Meanwhile, rattlesnakes battle in Arizona. And visitors have marveled at Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY since before the Civil War.

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Ithaca MLK Day, and Climbing El Capitan

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. current resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca's MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. currently resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca’s MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Ithaca, NY; Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Freedom Walkway; Climbers conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; Thomas HIll, Yosemite landscape painter. All this and more in this episode (#96) of Walk in the Park. Showing on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, January 22, at 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM both days; and finally on Tuesday, January 27, at 8 PM.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Frigid Ithaca Falls!

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

January closes its icy fingers around Fall Creek at 150-feet-high Ithaca Falls, in Ithaca, NY at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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January in Parks Across America

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

This time (episode 95), we’ll look at early winter in parks across the United States, from New England to Florida to the desert Southwest to Alaska, and of course, right here in Ithaca, NY. Snow-covered peaks, steaming lakes, wildlife, a dog sled,  mountain lions, and much more. The Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Catskill Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ, the upper Mississippi River, and Denali National Park in Alaska, and many other places.

You can watch it beginning tonight (Thursday, 1/15/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM, and the final cablecast is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 20, at 8:00 PM.

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“We Are Seneca Lake!”

This week’s new episode (#94) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable television (channels 13 & 97.3) looks at a protest to protect Seneca Lake and the region near Watkins Glen from a huge project being built by Crestwood Corp. from Texas to store liquified propane gas and methane (probably from hydrofracking) in salt mine caverns under and around the lake. Area residents have been opposing this project for years, but it moves ahead anyway.

In this show, protestors calling themselves, “We Are Seneca Lake,” gathered at the Crestwood plant entrance last October 24 and spoke out about the dangers to Seneca Lake and its value as a drinking water supply, damage to the tourism and wine industries, and grave threats to public health and safety posed by this project. Since the fall, We Are Seneca Lake participants have engaged in a non-violent civil disobedience campaign to block trucks from entering or leaving the plant and to make it very clear that they are determined to stop this project. For much more information about this issue, see Gas Free Seneca.

This episode will be shown on Ithaca cable TV at 9:00 tonight (Thursday, January 8, 2015), on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM each day, and finally next Tuesday, January 13, at 8 PM.

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Watch another episode of Walk in the Park about a rally and march addressing this issue in Watkins Glen in 2012.

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