Walk in the Park TV Show, episode 20

Ithaca Falls, Fall Creek, Cornell, Finger Lakes, Cayuga

Ithaca Falls on Sept. 7, 2012

See it here or on TV! Recorded on September 12, 2012, and cablecast on Ithaca, NY’s cable public access TV channel 13. Host Tony Ingraham acknowledges the anniversary of the floods caused by Tropical Storm Lee a year ago by showing the popular short video he made at the time, called “Ithaca’s Gorges Flood.” We also look at the flood’s effects on Owego and Binghamton, NY. For levity, see Granny’s Pig Race at the Northampton, MA Tri-County Fair. And we visit Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Glen, Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, and take a close look at one of our native wildflowers.

There is one more scheduled showing on Ithaca’s channel 13 this week, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.

The next episode will be shown first this Thursday, Sept. 20, at 9:00 p.m.

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

It also is shown at other times as the station manager chooses.

Half a Gorge

Today, a mild day after Thanksgiving, I decided to go for a walk in Cascadilla Glen, our most urban gorge in Ithaca. Thousands treasure the Cascadilla Gorge Trail as the most delightful way to travel, on foot, between downtown and Collegetown. Indeed, it has been a pedestrian commuter route up and down East Hill for generations.
Cascadilla Gorge Trail Cornell Ithaca NY waterfall

Cascadilla Gorge Trail ascends by the second waterfall on the way from downtown to Collegetown.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail, waterfall, Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, NY

Cornell Plantations has installed new chain hand railings.Where the trail encounters waterfalls, it climbs around them on stone steps.


Cascadilla Gorge Trail Cornell Ithaca waterfall

The trail climbs around the second waterfall on its way towards Collegetown.



Cascadilla Gorge Trail Cornell Ithaca, NY

Between waterfalls, the trail levels out.

I knew that the Glen had been closed much in the past few years because of damage by floods and lengthy trail repairs. And I also knew that Cornell Plantations is determined to repair the trail and get it open for us all once more.  

Cascadilla Gorge Trail Cornell Ithaca NY waterfall

For now, the trail ends at this barricade. Someone has doctored the word "impassable" to read "impossible."

 Alas, I could go no farther, reaching the most problematic portion of the route beneath the Stewart Avenue Bridge. Floods and rockslides have done so much damage to the trail here, which used to hug the overhanging cliff by the falls, that now it needs major repairs to be made safe for passage once more. Cornell Plantations hopes the trail will be fully open by next fall. Half a gorge will have to do for now.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail Cornell Ithaca

This beautiful ironwork gate will allow Cornell to close the trail during times the trail floods or in winter when there is treacherous ice on the route.