Buttermilk Falls Returns to its Beauty

Finger Lakes Park Minute 45: Following the flash flood on June 14, 2015, Buttermilk Falls has returned to its normal beauty. But the Gorge Trail remains closed due to some heavy flood damage.

Nonetheless, you can also see the falls from an overlook on the Rim Trail. The upper portion has been known as Pulpit Falls, the middle section is the 2nd Fall, and the bottom section is the First Fall.

Filmed at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our Park Minutes.

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Flash Flood!

A flash flood ripped through gorges in the southern Finger Lakes New York on Sunday, June 14, 2015. In this episode (107) of Walk in the Park, we focus on damage done in the upper portion of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. We also look at flood waters at Buttermilk Falls State Park and Watkins Glen State Park and at a tornado that damaged the campground at Watkins Glen State Park. Finally we look at odd boulders transported by glaciers during the Ice Age, around Ithaca and a three other parks around the United States.

Walk in the Park is cablecast on Ithaca TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday at 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday a 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday at 8 PM.

Or you can watch it right here anytime below

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY, the public access TV station operated by Time Warner Cable in Ithaca.
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Falls and Lakes

On TV, and online right here!

In this episode (106) of Walk in the Park, we compare Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca before and during the recent heavy rain. Then we look at Hector Falls by Seneca Lake,  Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek, and then we’ll pop over to Owasco Lake, our Finger Lakes neighbor to the east. We’ll travel the length of the lake and visit parks at either end. Finally, we’ll start a discussion of “Grand Canyons” across America with a peek at the “Grand Canyon of Maine.”

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions  at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable, Ithaca, NY June 11, 2015. See the full schedule of Walk in the Park cablecasts.

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Spring O Spring!

We begin this episode (105) of Walk in the Park with naturalist and songwriter Becca Harber as she sings her song “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, accompanied by musicians Will Fudeman and Richie Holtz. We take a look at last week’s Ithaca Festival, then consider the arduous and dangerous work park employees must do to clean loose rock from cliffs before opening trails in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Then we review our new series, “Glimpses of Nature,” and finally take a look at what’s going on at parks around the country.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY’s public access television production facility owned by Time Warner Cable. Walk in the Park is watchable on Ithaca area cable channels 13 and 97.3 at 9 PM Thursdays, 10 AM Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 PM on Tuesdays.

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Hope Comes to Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

Walk in the Park episode 104, cablecasting on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.; continuing Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it online anytime below!

Capt. James Hope was a 19th century Hudson River School landscape artist, best known for his Civil War paintings, who became the resident artist in Watkins Glen’s famous gorge for twenty years in the late 19th century. His first painting of Rainbow Falls sold for $10,000, a huge sum at the time. We follow his story as part of the larger story of Watkins Glen and the eventual state park. Find out what Mark Twain said about Rainbow Falls in 1871.

We also take a hike in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest, checking out the views, the forest, and some spring wildflowers.

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Waterfalls Drill the Gorge!

Our Finger Lakes Park Minute 41 shows how Cavern Cascade has drilled its own section of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park, in Schuyler County, NY in the Finger Lakes region just south of Seneca Lake.

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Transformation at Taughannock Falls!

Watch this episode (#103) of Walk in the Park online here (below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable TV channels 13 and 97.3: this Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally Tuesday, May 12, at 8 PM

This time, we visit Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake for a ground breaking ceremony where NYS Parks is spending $1.9 million to dramatically improve the overlook at Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg and Ithaca, NY. NY State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey explains how this project is part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Parks 2020 program to fix and improve long-neglected infrastructure in New York state parks.

Then we go to Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY for I Love My Park Day on May 2. More than 60 volunteers plant trees, install signs, and paint campsite posts in the new campground loop. I Love My Park Day was sponsored and coordinated by Parks and Trails New York and New York State Parks and occurred in parks all over New York. The event at Robert H. Treman State Park was hosted by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

Next, we look at a quick survey of some of the amazing spring wildflowers in our woods!

Finally, we visit Watkins Glen State Park in Schuyler County near Seneca Lake and look at the gorge and waterfalls on Sunday, May 3.

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Hook Mountain on the Hudson

Hook Mountain is near the northern end of the Palisades cliffs that extend along the west shore of the Hudson River from New Jersey across from Manhattan well up into Rockland County, NY. Join naturalist Tony Ingraham as he hikes along the Hudson and 700 feet above the river on a late-April day, in Hook Mountain State Park, Nyack Beach State Park, and Rockland Lake State Park, including a section of the Long Path.
Also, we will visit Robert H. Treman and Buttermilk Falls State Parks in Ithaca, NY, Watkins Glen State Park, and Ithaca Falls in Ithaca, NY.

This episode (#102) will be cablecast on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on

Thursday, 4/30/15 at 9:00 pm

Saturday, 5/2/15 at 10:00 am

Sunday, 5/3/15 at 10 am

Tuesday, 5/5/15 at 8:00 pm

And, of course, you can watch it anytime right here!

Produced at Time Warner Cable PEGASYS studios by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY . Copyright 2015, all rights reserved.

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Walk Behind the Waterfall

There’s a reason in the rocks why you can walk behind Cavern Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park, in this Finger Lakes Park Minute #40.

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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.