Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Spring O Spring!

We begin this episode (105) of Walk in the Park with naturalist and songwriter Becca Harber as she sings her song “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, accompanied by musicians Will Fudeman and Richie Holtz. We take a look at last week’s Ithaca Festival, then consider the arduous and dangerous work park employees must do to clean loose rock from cliffs before opening trails in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Then we review our new series, “Glimpses of Nature,” and finally take a look at what’s going on at parks around the country.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY’s public access television production facility owned by Time Warner Cable. Walk in the Park is watchable on Ithaca area cable channels 13 and 97.3 at 9 PM Thursdays, 10 AM Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 PM on Tuesdays.

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Bears on the Move!

Bear Trail in Ithaca, NY

Don’t worry! The Bear Trail in the upper section of Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY is not noted for common sightings of bears. Instead, over the years, an occasional bear has been seen to wander through this section of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. You are not likely to encounter a bear in the park! (Note that bears on bicycles are not permitted!)

Young bears are being forced from their mothers’ territories to find their own way; and young adult males, in particular, may find your bird feeder, garbage cans, or compost pile this season. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#78), we look at our American black bear, its bear cousins around the world, and the expansion of bear territories into central New York. See photos and videos of bears in Ithaca and other places including Shenandoah National Park. And if you’re worried about grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies, learn about bear spray!

In 2014, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation issued a new bear management plan.

Here’s the show, viewable on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and right here!

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES; and COLLEGES, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE; and TUX THE CAT and his EXOTIC EXPLOITS, all available online.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 2

See it on TV* or online here!

The Blue Ridge Parkway approaches Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain looms above the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Tony completes his 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 shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long.

*  This is showing today (Saturday, April 5, 2013) and tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13; also on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. The show will repeat on this schedule, beginning Thursday, April 18, at 9:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 1  will show again on channel 13 beginning Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. and will continue through the following weekend until Tuesday, April 16. See the full schedule of Ithaca public access shows.

“Walk in the Park”
A richly illustrated look at things happening at parks within and beyond the Finger Lakes region. 30 minutes. Produced by Tony Ingraham of the Town of Ithaca.
Thursdays at 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, Tuesdays at 8pm on channel 13.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 1

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#43, recorded 3/20/13), we celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox and then take a trip last summer 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. Then we look at the hazards of entering our Finger Lakes gorges too early in the season, including a dramatic video of high water at Buttermilk Falls. Stay tuned for a future episode of Walk in the Park TV where we continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Black Mountains of North Carolina and the highest mountain in the eastern U.S.!

You can watch this episode on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 on Sunday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. and once more at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Or, you can watch it online right here!