Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

The MV Haendel of Ithaca Boat Tours has resumed its cruises this season! Take a virtual cruise (greatly enhanced with visuals) from the Ithaca Farmers Market in this encore episode 111 of Walk in the Park produced two years ago. Narrated by Tony Ingraham, producer of Walk in the Park, who worked on the Haendel as an interpretive guide for ten years. See the full description and cablecast schedule, or watch it online, on this page!

The MV Haendel takes one of its popular sunset cruises on Cayuga Lake.

Carpenter Falls

Not all of the waterfalls in the Finger Lakes are around Ithaca, NY. 90-feet-high Carpenter Falls is at the head of Bear Swamp Creek Gorge on the southwest flank of Skaneateles Lake, two Finger Lakes east of Cayuga Lake. The falls themselves are in a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Natural Area, which adjoins the Bahar Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust which includes most of the gorge all the way down to a canoe/kayak landing on Skaneateles Lake. Join Tony Ingraham as he guides us in exploring this park in episode 174 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY public access TV cable channel 13 on the schedule below.

We start of this episode of Walk in the Park with some photos and a short discussion of this past weekend’s tragic and disturbing events in Charlottesville, VA where American Nazis and KKK white supremacists descended on Emancipation Park, the site of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the City of Charlottesville has decided to remove. Tony once lived in Charlottesville, as did his parents for many years.

We finish this episode of Walk in the Park with a short video about some of the geology of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

Ithaca, NY area channel 13 cablecast schedule (to be expanded soon):

9:00 PM, Thursday, August 17, 2017

10:00 AM & 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 19

10:00 AM & 8:30 PM, Sunday, August 20

11:30 AM & 8:00 PM, Tuesday, August 22

7:30 PM, Wednesday, August 23

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio.

Have you seen Tony’s national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone?

Swimming Hazards in the Lake and Gorges

Walk in the Park episode 173. “Harmful Algal Blooms” or blue-green algae have made swimming and other uses of Cayuga Lake dangerous at particular times and locations this summer. Also, swimmers drown in our gorges every year. Find out why. We conclude with an explanation of great fractures in the walls of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the show online here, or on Ithaca NY area cable channel 13 at the following times (to be updated to an expanded schedule soon):

Thursday, August 10, 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 13, 10:00 AM

Monday, August 14, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 15, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM & 11:30 PM


Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY, and is cablecast on Ithaca’s channel 13. See the schedule of this weekly series and others.

Have you seen my award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, now celebrating ten years of publication?

Flash Floods!

In this episode 172 of Walk in the Park, we visit local gorges and Cayuga Lake to look at flash floods last week in the context of sub-watersheds of Cayuga Lake: at Ithaca Falls, Six Mile Creek, Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls, Yawger Creek, and the Ithaca Mall! We finish off with a series of photographs of blooming mountain laurel in Ricketts Glen State Park in northern Pennsylvania.

You can watch this episode online below, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Monday, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 PM

And online right here anytime!

Featuring the aerial videography of Joe Scaglione III, the videography of Jenny Renee Burun-Stout, videography from Robert H. Treman State Park staff, the photography of Fernando Llosa, the photography and videography of Tony Ingraham, and the aerial photography of Bill Hecht.

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

Ospreys on Cayuga!

In Walk in the Park 171, we visit two osprey nests in parks within the city of Ithaca, NY, at the south end of Cayuga Lake. With human help, ospreys, fish-eating birds of prey once long gone from the Finger Lakes, are making a comeback, especially around Cayuga Lake.
Then we take a trip to Ricketts Glen State Park in northern Pennsylvania, at the southern edge of the Allegheny Plateau, which we in the Finger Lakes are also in.
And finally we take a quick look at the various glens within Watkins Glen State Park.

This episode is watchable online right here, and it will be cablecast on Ithaca channel 13 over the next week at the following times:

Additional cablecasts this season:

Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:30 PM

Monday, July 31, 6:30 PM

 

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series cablecast on channel 13 in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca. Take a look at my national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

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.

Making our Gorges Safer

Each spring, the Finger Lakes State Parks Scaling Teams rappel down cliffs over Gorge Trails, manually removing shards of shale that winter freezing has left perched on ledges. If they didn’t do this hard, dangerous work, called “scaling,” it would not be safe enough for us to walk in the gorges, for fear of falling rock. Scaling must be conducted annually in six state parks in the Finger Lakes region. In this week’s episode (167) of Walk in the Park, we take a close look at the scalers at work on the high cliffs in the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. The scalers tell us and show us what’s involved.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park above online, or on TV in the Ithaca area, on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times. Additional cablecasts will be added shortly.

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10;00 AM and 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wedgesday, May 23, 1:00 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.

Loving a Park!

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, we go to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 6, 2017, where some 80 volunteers worked on projects to get the park ready for the season, while Enfield Creek was roaring with the heavy rain. Then we go to Watkins Glen State Park the day after the Gorge Trail was opened for the season, following the extensive scaling work on the cliffs necessary every spring. We look at the big reconstruction of the Main Entrance. You can watch this episode here, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a public access TV production at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, a division of Spectrum TV (formerly Time Warner Cable).
Take a look at Ingraham’s national award winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park News, May 3, 2017

Park News in the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first edition of “Park News,” an experiment in sharing what’s new in parks, of all kinds, around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This week, former NYS Parks Environmental Educator Tony Ingraham discusses this weekend’s I Love My Park Day events at state parks throughout the Finger Lakes. He also discusses the status of “scaling” of loose rock from cliffs above Gorge Trails.

Park News is in no way officially associated with NYS Parks or any other agency, and is not intended to be a mouthpiece therefor. Park News is produced exclusively by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Ingraham also produces the weekly public access TV series, Walk in the Park, also viewable online on this website.
Ingraham is also the author of the national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Falls and a Fort in Niagara, Ontario

Most of us experience the Niagara Falls area from the American side. In this episode (165) of Walk in the Park we spend some time on the Canadian side, visiting the stupendous waterfall, but also we take a trip into War of 1812 history at Old Fort Erie. The Niagara Peninsula was one of the most important, and bloodiest, regions where this tragic war was fought. Both sites are managed by the Niagara Parks Commission.
We begin this episode with a short video featuring “After the Rain,” a musical composition by my late friend and Ithaca musician, Duke Kooistra.
Finally, I have a short segment called “Park News” where I review some things going on this week in state parks around the Finger Lakes.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park right here anytime, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times (check back later for additional times to be added):

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 7;30 PM

The trip to Niagara was to attend the annual conference of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), a professional organization for those who interpret our natural and cultural heritage in parks, historic sites, museums, zoos, nature centers, botanical gardens, aquaria, and other sites.

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced and cablecast for channel 13 in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.