Emilie Jonas Falls Nature Trail

In Lansing, NY, just a few miles north of Ithaca, is a gorge and a waterfall that few but the neighbors are aware of: Shurger Glen and Emilie Jonas Falls. Over the millennia, Gulf Creek has eroded Shurger Glen on its way to the Cayuga Lake eastern shore at Portland Point, the location of a former cement plant that crushed the Tully limestone to make cement. Portland Point is just south of the Cayuga Salt Mine, which is just south of Myers Point.

Waterfall in Lansing, NY east of Cayuga Lake

Emilie Jonas Falls in Lansing is now open to the public via a steep path.

Few venture into Shurger Glen as it is privately owned. And Emilie Jonas Falls, at the head of the glen, is also on private land. But now the public can walk down into the glen via a steep path and see this charming waterfall. The Lansing Pathways Committee and the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department have secured landowner permissions and created this half-mile trail. If we keep to the trail and don’t trespass on adjacent lands, hopefully this precious access will endure!

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#89), we explore this trail and the beautiful waterfall, and tell you how to find them. Near the end of the show, we visit Robert H. Treman State Park and its recent Heritage Day, sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, including looking at the latest archeological dig!

The first cablecast will be on Ithaca, NY’s public access channels 13 and 97.3 this Thursday (10/23/14) at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday (10/28/14) at 8:00 p.m.

Or you can watch it right here anytime!

Cascadilla Gorge Trail Re-opens!

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Walk in the Park episode 88. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail has connected downtown Ithaca, NY with the Cornell University campus via a charming trail by waterfalls, cliffs, and forest along Cascadilla Creek since the early 1930s. For the past six years, the trail has been undergoing repairs from storm damage and years of deterioration. Cornell Plantations, Cornell University, FEMA, the City of Ithaca, and New York State gathered resources, staff, and funding to repair the trail and open it again, officially on Sept. 15, 2014. This show covers the trail re-opening event, with comments from Cornell officials, former Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson, and current Mayor Svante Myrick. There is plenty of footage of the trail route spread throughout the show.

Watch it online here anytime or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight (10/16/14) at 9:00, on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., or finally next Tuesday (10/21) at 8:00 p.m.

Ithaca People’s Climate March

Episode 87 of Walk in the Park TV. 200 Ithacans joined people in more than 2800 locations in 166 countries and in New York City as part of the global People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014. After activities in front of Ithaca’s First Presbyterian Church coordinated at 1:00 p.m. worldwide, they marched by DeWill Park in downtown Ithaca and along sidewalks around the city block back to the church. There they met inside with a live feed from the huge NYC march, heard from local climate activists and public officials (including a group reading of a powerful statement from NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who was at the NYC march: see below). This was followed by an open question and answer and discussion session about this being a kickoff event for future climate crisis action.

Watch the show on Ithaca TV at 8:00 tonight (see below) or right here anytime!

Barbara Lifton’s letter:
“We are at a critical time in confronting Climate Change, with increasingly serious warnings coming from the International Panel on Climate Change and the United States National Climate Assessment. Scientists tell us that the next decade is our last chance to stop the worst in climate change, so I have gone to join with other legislators in New York City to make our, and your, voices heard amongst the tens of thousands who understand this threat and demand political action. We will not stand on the sidelines and allow the earth to be polluted. We will not allow wealthy interests who deny the truth to drastically alter the balance that countless species, and the well-being of humanity, depends upon. Continuing to dump greenhouse gases without conscience is the act of extreme corporations who must not be allowed to put their personal interests over those of our own. Organizing, acting, and protesting for the good of every living thing on earth is not an extreme measure, and I thank you for joining with me, and all of us in this endeavor today.”

For more information about local climate action, see the Sustainable Tompkins website at http://sustainabletompkins.org/

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY, produced by Owl Gorge Productions, http://owlgorge.com. To see all of our episodes, go to http://walkinpark.com. This is episode 87. Walk in the Park can be watched on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. The final cablecast of this episode is tonight at 8:00.

 

 

Park Minute: Treman Gorge, Open for Visitors

The upper gorge by Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park was finally opened in late August following a year of repairs of damage from the intense flood of August 9, 2013.

The upper gorge by Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park was finally opened in late August following a year of repairs of damage from the intense flood of August 9, 2013.

Gorge stone masons of the Finger Lakes Region of NY State Parks labored for a year to repair flood damage in the spectacular upper gorge of Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca. The Gorge Trail is now completely open and you can walk by 115-feet-high Lucifer Falls once more.

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Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise

Since the early 1800s, people have risen before dawn on the brink of the northeastern escarpment of New York’s Catskill Mountains to watch the sun rise over the Hudson River Valley. Here the Hudson River School of American art was born in the early 1800s, in the area near the former famous Catskill Mountain House.

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Catskill Sunrise

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

In this episode, #85, of Walk in the Park, we travel to New York’s Catskill Mountains, to the northeast section of Catskill Park overlooking the Hudson River Valley. We camp at North Lake/South Lake Campground, go for a hike to North Point, and explore the history behind the site of the Catskill Mountain House and the Hudson River School of painting. And we finish with a visit to the nearby Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, along the Hudson River and within sight of the Catskills.

And to watch an illustrated short video of this sunrise check out our Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise.

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Park Minute: Watkins Glen, “A Book of Nature”

Park Minute episode 24. See it below!

A “book of nature” is how local journalist and promoter Morvalden Ells described Watkins Glen in the 1860s. He was speaking of the splendid natural wonder from which both the town and the famous racetrack take their names.

A page from the 1870s guidebook for Watkins Glen written by Morvalden Ells.

Pages from the 1870s guidebook for Watkins Glen written by Morvalden Ells, showing Pluto Falls in Glen Arcadia.

Watkins Glen first opened as a privately owned scenic resort in 1863 as a result of the vision and efforts of Mr. Ells. His descriptions of the gorge and its waterfalls drew thousands of visitors from America and Europe and placed Watkins Glen alongside Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, and the Catskill Mountains as a Victorian tourist destination. In 1906, Watkins glen became the first state park in the Finger Lakes region and it continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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This Park Minute was developed from our national award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, available at the Watkins Glen State Park Gift Shop and online.

 

 

Park Minute: Jumping in over your head

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

Every summer, college students and other people are drawn to Ithaca, NY’s beautiful gorges. And many of them like to jump from cliffs into pools at the bases of waterfalls. The young women in this Park Minute are risking their lives with unseen hazards below the surface in this pool at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

People die every year in our gorges, many of them from drowning. Years ago, an 18-year-old drowned in this very pool. Park rangers and police patrol the trails and the colleges try to educate arriving students about the hazards. Be safe and swim where there are lifeguards.

For more information, see our blog post about gorge safety and the hazards of swimming in our gorges, including a video made by Cornell Plantations on this important subject. You may learn about hazards you did not realize.

This is episode 25 of Park Minute.

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Wild Cayuga Lake Shore

Walk in the Park episode 84

There is precious little wild, natural shoreline along most of the Finger Lakes, including the longest Finger Lake, Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes Land Trust has made a priority to protect remaining wild shorelines. In this episode (#84), we visit some wild shore on the west side of Cayuga Lake by boat (the MV Haendel of Ithaca Boat Tours) before it was protected, and now, on foot, when it is part of the VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve. This episode finishes off with a Park Minute: Skylight on Buttermilk Creek.

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Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of the national award-winning book about one of our oldest and most famous state parks: A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute: Buttermilk Creek Becomes Lake Treman

In the upper section of Buttermilk Falls State Park, in Ithaca, NY, far from the gorge and waterfalls, Buttermilk Creek enters shallow Lake Treman. Created by a dam built at least 70 years ago, the lake is mostly silted in and is becoming a marsh with cattail grasses. It’s a good place to watch for wildlife. Park Minute episode 23. See more Park Minutes.