Black Diamond Trail Celebration

“Wahoo!” cried Sue Poelvoorde of Finger Lakes State Parks on Oct. 2, 2016 when addressing the crowd gathered at the Cass Park pavilion in Ithaca, NY. She was celebrating decades of work by many partners in finally completing the first eight miles of the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The gathering was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC), a major partner and advocate for the Black Diamond Trail.

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#148) covers this event and shows numerous scenes from this valuable community resource, explaining its history and character. You can watch it on Ithaca public access television channel 13 (remaining cablecasts: 10 AM Sunday, 10/23/16; and 8 PM Tuesday, 10/25/16). Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Also speaking in this show are Andrejs Ozolins of the FLCC, Armin Heurich, president of the FLCC, Jan Zeserson of the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN), Fred Bonn, regional director of Finger Lakes State Parks, and Bob Beck of the Town of Dryden, who tells us what’s happening with their rails-to-trails project.

The Black Diamond Trail was once a railroad route running from Pennsylvania through Ithaca, to Trumansburg, and ending in Geneva. It ended service about sixty years ago, and  it’s been a long process since to convert it to a recreational trail.

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Park Minute: Wolf Tree

In Park Minute 62, we take a look at a huge old white oak tree along the Finger Lakes Trail.

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Rocks, Trees, and Songs

On TV and online! In episode 147 of Walk in the Park, we visit a “wolf tree” along the Finger Lakes Trail, take another look at drought-stricken Taughannock Falls and Lucifer Falls, learn about wildlife at Robert H. Treman State Park, marvel at rock formations and pools at Buttermilk Falls State Park, and listen to a sampling of the scores of musicians in Ithaca, NY’s Porchfest on Sept. 18.

Watch it on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, 9/22

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM Tuesday, 9/27/16

Or watch it right here online anytime!

See all of our episodes of Walk in the Park. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is produced as a weekly public access TV series at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.

Glen Reflections

Walk in the Park episode 141 now showing here online and on Ithaca, NY area public access TV channel 13:  9 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016; 10 AM Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM Tuesday, July 12.

Or online here anytime!

There is not a lot of water on our waterfalls during the current moderate drought in the Finger Lakes right now. But our gorges are still worth visiting for the beautiful reflections in the quiet rock pools in the gorges. In the first half of this episode of Walk in the Park (#141), we walk through the Glen Facility and Frowning Cliff sections of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. We follow this with some 19th century images of the glen before it was a park, including the Glen Mountain House hotel, the Swiss Chalet, the 1872 Suspension Bridge (which is still there and still used today to cross the gorge). Then we jump over to Taughannock Falls State Park and consider some 19th century photos of the two hotels that are long gone. Special treat: a photo of “Rock Avenue,” a footbridge and stairways that crossed Taughannock Gorge above the falls.

We also include our newest “Park Minute” at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

We finish up with a brief discussion of the status of the bills introduced to both houses of Congress proposing the creation of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, to be added to the 49 other National Heritage Areas across America.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable channel 13. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
Take a look at our award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Cayuga Trail

We begin this episode (#140) of Walk in the Park with a look at a dramatic section of the Cayuga Trail where it is perched on high bluffs over Fall Creek in Varna, east of the Cornell Campus. We are in a Cornell Plantations Natural Area.

We also look at some wildflowers at Buttermilk Falls State Park, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network procession in the Ithaca Festival Parade (including Tony Ingraham as the Hydrilla Godzilla!), and finally jump over to Watkins Glen State Park and look at some of its exceptional scenery.

You can watch this episode online below anytime, or catch it on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 20, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look on the website at his national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Cayuga Lake; Watkins Glen

In episode 138 of Walk in the Park, after a brief look at Ithaca Falls, we continue Cayuga Lake Watershed Network‘s discussion of issues and problems facing Cayuga Lake. Then we go to the entrance to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and look at how it has changed since the Civil War. You can watch this episode on Ithaca area cable TV and online. Here is the cablecast schedule for channel 13 (and 97.1):

Thursday, May 19,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 p.m.

Or watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

Walk in the Park is produced for Ithaca area public access television by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Six Mile Source

In this episode (#136) of Walk in the Park, we take a two-mile hike at the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Roy H. Park Preserve and Hammond Hill State Forest in Dryden, looking at the works of beavers and the changing forest near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek, the City of Ithaca’s water supply. But first we swing from a rope on the cliffs of Watkins Glen State Park with one of its “scalers.” And we walk the street in Ithaca’s Streets Alive Festival. And we are pleased to learn of the creation of the Harriet Tubman Home National Historical Park in Auburn. And finally, we look at a few of the trees and wildflowers along the creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) beginning 9 PM tonight (Thursday, May 5, 2016) and repeating Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and finally 8 PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, for cablecast on public access television in Ithaca, NY, May 5, 2016.

National Park Week!

2016 was the centennial year for the creation of the National Park Service and April 15-23, 2017 is “National Park Week” when admission to all of our national parks is free! Did you know that there are three National Park units in the Cayuga Lake watershed area? In this episode (#134) of Walk in the Park, we’ll explore them and then go out on trails. You can watch this show on Ithaca area TV (see the schedule below) or right here online anytime, anywhere in the embedded video right here.

In 2017, you can watch it on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1) on the following schedule:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Rock Falls at Taughannock Falls

​Taller than Niagara, 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park on the west side of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region lies at the head of a rugged canyon with walls nearly 400 feet high. And huge chunks of stone may plummet without warning into the rocky bowl that surrounds this towering cataract. Why is this waterfall higher than all others in the region? And when did the most famous rockfall occur that changed the look of the falls forever? Find out in this episode (#133) of Walk in the Park.
Watch right here online or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

Thursday, April 14     9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, April 19       8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, produced at PEGASYS Studios by Tony Ingraham. Take a look at my award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Changing Taughannock Falls

215-feet-high Taughannock Falls is one of the scenic gems of New York’s Finger Lakes region. In this episode (132) of Walk in the Park, we see how Taughannock Falls changes during a day, during a season, during drought and high water, during history, and even during geologic time.

You can watch this episode here online (immediately below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

9:00 pm, Thursday, April 7

10:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12

Or right here anytime, anywhere!

Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series in Ithaca, NY.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY.
See our national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.