2017 was a good year for New York State Parks and a rough year for National Parks. We begin with a phone interview with Fred Bonn, Regional Director for the Finger Lakes State Parks. Fred tells us about the great developments in the region’s parks coming up in 2018, as part of the NY Parks 2020 capital improvement program. And he reviews the major accomplishments under the program in 2017. Then Tony Ingraham, host, reviews the National Parks Conservation Association report card for President Trump regarding the National Parks and the cutbacks and damage he has done to the system.
You can watch this week’s episode (183) online below, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:
Thursday, 9:00 PM, January 4, 2018
Friday, 8:30 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM and 11:30 PM
Monday, 9:00 PM
Tuesday, 8:00 PM, January 9, 2018
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio, in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series shown on cable channel 13 in the Ithaca, NY area.
From May 25 through June 6, 2017, we will be cablecasting two successive encore episodes of Walk in the Park, Parts 1 & 2 of “Blue Ridge Parkway,” first cablecast in early spring 2013. In Part 1 (episode 43), we celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox and then take a trip from the previous summer (2012) on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from its northern end near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Peaks of Otter in George Washington National Forest. Finally, we look at the hazards of entering our Finger Lakes gorges too early in the season. Part 1 will run from Thursday, May 25, 2017 through Wednesday, May 31. You can watch Part 1 below online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times. Part 2 is farther down this page.
Thursday, May 25, 9:00 PM
Friday, 9:30 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, 10 AM and 4:00 PM
Monday, 8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 PM
In Part 2, we complete our journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in this episode (#45) of Walk in the Park TV. We enter North Carolina, stopping at Cumberland Knob, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell (the highest summit in the East!), Craggy Gardens, and many other sites along the way. Then we return to Virginia, visiting Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob before heading home. Hear the melodious song of the winter wren, see wild rhododendrons in bloom, and find out about the exotic insect pests attacking our eastern hemlocks and the fraser firs of the Black Mountains. Tony Ingraham shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long. Watch Part 2 below online or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times (more times to be added next week):
Thursday, June 1, 9:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM
Saturday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively
Sunday, Part 2, 10:00 AM
Sunday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively
Monday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM, respectively
Tuesday, Part 2, June 7, 8:00 PM
Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio, Spectrum TV, Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
“Ithaca is Gorges.” Ithaca is famous for and proud of its many gorges and waterfalls. Of course, in the United States the greatest gorge of all is the Grand Canyon. During November of 2012, Ithacans Tammy Lovell and Jim Rundle set off on the “trip of a lifetime,” hiking from the North Rim to the South Rim of Grand Canyon over several days. In this encore episode 36 of Walk in the Park, they tell us their story and how they prepared for it. You can watch it either on channel 13 Ithaca, NY cable TV according to the following schedule, or online below anytime.
Thursday, February 16, 9:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM
Sunday, 10:00 AM
Monday, 9:00 AM
Tuesday, February 21, 8:00 PM
Check back later for additional cablecasts to be added to this week’s schedule.
The National Park Service has run afoul the politics of the Trump administration starting on inauguration day. We’ll look at this, and then cover the spectacular Women’s March on Ithaca the next day. And to lighten the mood, we’ll go to Jones Beach State Park last summer, and to Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch the full show (30 minutes) online anytime on this page (below); and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 on the following schedule:
Everybody loves trees, especially large trees. This time (Walk in the Park episode 154), we’ll look at some big trees in New York State, and consider the NY State Big Tree Register where all the champion trees are listed. Then we go to California to look at some really big trees, giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca cable TV at the following times:
Walk in the Park episode 153. As autumn slips into winter, we take a look back at some of our fall foliage beauty in the Finger Lakes. Watch my 29-minute show here online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area public access cable channel 13 at these times during 2017:
9 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
10 AM Saturday and 10 AM Sunday
8 PM Tuesday, Oct. 17
We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park; Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Martin Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Canandaigua Lake, the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Bare Hill, South Hill, and Vine Valley; the east shore of Cayuga Lake from Union Springs and Frontenac Island to Lansing and finally Ithaca. Then we switch to Corpus Christi Texas to explore two natural areas: the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center. See the photos of our encounter with a western diamondback rattlesnake!
Walk in the Park is produced for public access television at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham. Owl Gorge Productions
Walk in the Park episode 152. We in the Finger Lakes of New York have emerged from perhaps the longest drought in memory. Our dry gorges and waterfalls are now flowing again. Let’s take a look at before and after at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls.
Then we go to south Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and camp near the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world (70 miles!).
Watch it all right here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 at the following times:
Walk in the Park episode 145 takes us to northwest Washington State, into the rugged, glaciated North Cascades Mountains just south of the Canadian border. I spent a week exploring this area in August 2016, including North Cascades National Park, Okonagan National Forest, and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
JWatch this episode on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13, or online right here!
2017 Ithaca channel 13 cablecasts of this episode:
12:30 PM & 9:00 PM Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:30 PM, Friday, September 15
10 AM & 1:30 PM Saturday, September 16
10 AM & 4 PM, Sunday, September 17
11:30 AM & 8 PM Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
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.
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.