Hike Across Grand Canyon

“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.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series on Ithaca, NY channel 13, produced by Tony Ingraham in PEGASYS Studio. Walk in the Park is produced as a courtesy of Owl Gorge Productions which publishes Ingraham’s national award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone, available in some area bookstores and at the Watkins Glen State Park gift shop, and online. Find out more!

Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Hike

This week’s Walk in the Park is an encore episode (#36) from three years ago, and it’s a good one! Tammy Lovell and Jim Rundle of Ithaca fulfill their dream of walking across the Grand Canyon! You can watch it on Ithaca cable TV (schedule below), or you can click on this photograph to watch it online anytime.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Watch this episode on Ithaca Time Warner Cable public access channel 13 (and 97.1) at

9 PM Thursday, February 8, 2016

10 AM Saturday and Sunday

8 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Gulf Hagas, Grand Canyon of Maine

Those of us in the Finger Lakes region of New York are fascinated by our gorges. And, of course, the grandest gorge of all we are familiar with in America is the Grand Canyon. But some 36 states besides Arizona claim to have a “Grand Canyon” of their state or region of the country.

At the northeast extreme of the US is Gulf Hagas, the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” or the “Grand Canyon of the East,” though other states claim to have the same. Gulf Hagas is in the Appalachian Trail Corridor of the National Park Service, part of the “Hundred Mile Wilderness,” the longest stretch of wilderness along this more than 2,000 mile footpath on the Appalachian Mountain chain and near the end of the “AT” at Baxter State Park on Mount Katahdin.

Map of Maine showing Gulf Hagas

Gulf Hagas, Maine’s “Grand Canyon,” is in the wilderness of the mountains of central Maine along the Appalachian Trail. Source: Wikipedia

 

"The West Branch of the Pleasant River cuts through the earth for three miles creating a vertically walled slate gorge with numerous waterfalls. A trail follows the rim of the canyon offering hikers views of the falls and its geology. The gorge is 3 miles (4.8 km) long; the river drops 370 feet (110 m) in this distance boasting 130 feet (40 m) walls.[1] Gulf Hagas is one of 14 National Natural Landmarks in the State of Maine,[2] and is open to the public for a fee during the regular season." Wikimedia

“The West Branch of the Pleasant River cuts through the earth … creating a vertically walled slate gorge with numerous waterfalls. A trail follows the rim of the canyon offering hikers views of the falls and its geology. The gorge is 3 miles (4.8 km) long; the river drops 370 feet (110 m) in this distance boasting 130 feet (40 m) walls. Gulf Hagas is one of 14 National Natural Landmarks in the State of Maine, and is open to the public for a fee during the regular season.” Wikipedia

"A kayaker portaging the rapid 'Wedge'" Wikimedia

“A kayaker portaging the rapid ‘Wedge'”
Wikipedia

Stay tuned for posts about other “Grand Canyons” across America!

Digging up the Past

(Walk in the Park TV episode #60) Every fall, the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY hold their Heritage Day in the upper park, with activities centered around the Old Mill and the ongoing archeology exploration of the former hamlet of Enfield Falls. Park visitors can go over to the dig and ask the archeologists what they are doing and what they are discovering. Prof. Sherene Baugher of Cornell University and her students in her archeology class now are unearthing the “Rumsey House,” occupied by the Rumsey family for over 60 years. We interview several of the students as they explain what they are finding, on this year’s Heritage Day on October 19, 2013.

The Old Mill in upper Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region.

The Old Mill in upper Treman is the center of Heritage Day each fall. The mill is now closed for the season.

We also take a short walk on the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls State Park after most leaves have fallen, and we look at apparently deformed trees. I explain the phenomenon in a short video.

Finally, we look at some photos of fall colors in the Sixmile Creek area in Ithaca, by Deanna Stickler Laurentz.

A yellow maple along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park, autumn, fall colors, Ithaca, NY, Finger Lakes.

A sugar maple hangs on to its yellow autumn leaves along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Watch the show on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3), beginning this evening, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 9:00. See the rest of the schedule of showings over the next week.

Or you can watch it online anytime. Go directly to the YouTube post (perhaps for a little better video quality), or watch it right here. The best video quality will be the TV cablecast.

And, by the way, our popular book, ITHACA–THE CITY, GORGES, AND COLLEGES, is now out as an ebook. Check out the sample pages!

Bright Angel Bliss

Jim Rundle and Tammy Lovell joined two others to walk across the Grand Canyon last November in a trek that dazzled their senses with awe. They tell their story on this week’s episode of  Walk in the Park TV series on Ithaca’s public access channel 13. It is showing now: next scheduled showings are this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and next Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. And at other times as the station chooses. I will post the show online very soon!

Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

The Bright Angel Trail ascends toward the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Jim Rundle