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.

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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.
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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


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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