Trails Makeover

The Finger Lakes State Parks Trails Crew is improving our favorite trails. In this episode (178) of Walk in the Park, we go to upper Buttermilk Falls State Park with them and see how they have removed old, hazardous trail structures and built new stairs up steep slopes, boardwalks over wet areas, a “turnpike,” and even brought their building materials to the trail by canoe.

You can watch this episode right here and on Ithaca public access cable channel 13 at the following times.

Thursday, 9:00 PM, Nov. 9, 2017

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, November 14, 2017

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions for public access cablecast in Ithaca NY at PEGASYS Studio of Spectrum TV.

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.

Lake Ontario: A Quest for Hope, Part 1

Walk in the Park episode 156. Watch it on Ithaca, NY TV or online right here! Cayuga Lake and all the other Finger Lakes are part of the Lake Ontario watershed, and what goes on in the watershed deeply affects the health of this easternmost of the five Great Lakes. We watch the first half of Susan Peterson Gately’s excellent and thorough environmental documentary, “Lake Ontario: A Quest for Hope.” We will show part 2 in the next episode of Walk in the Park. The schedule for Ithaca, NY area channel 13 cablecasts at this point is:

Thursday, Jan. 12, 9 PM

Friday Jan. 13, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 8:30 PM

Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 AM

Sunday, Jan. 15, 10 AM; 7:30 PM

Monday, Jan. 16, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8 PM

Additional cablecast times will be added soon. Or, watch it here now! (29 minutes)

Ms. Gately’s documentary is complementary to her book, Saving the Beautiful Lake: A Quest for Hope. Find out how to order this book and the DVD of this video.

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

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.

Hope Comes to Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

Walk in the Park episode 104, cablecasting on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.; continuing Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it online anytime below!

Capt. James Hope was a 19th century Hudson River School landscape artist, best known for his Civil War paintings, who became the resident artist in Watkins Glen’s famous gorge for twenty years in the late 19th century. His first painting of Rainbow Falls sold for $10,000, a huge sum at the time. We follow his story as part of the larger story of Watkins Glen and the eventual state park. Find out what Mark Twain said about Rainbow Falls in 1871.

We also take a hike in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest, checking out the views, the forest, and some spring wildflowers.

See our richly-illustrated, national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Transformation at Taughannock Falls!

Watch this episode (#103) of Walk in the Park online here (below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable TV channels 13 and 97.3: this Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally Tuesday, May 12, at 8 PM

This time, we visit Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake for a ground breaking ceremony where NYS Parks is spending $1.9 million to dramatically improve the overlook at Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg and Ithaca, NY. NY State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey explains how this project is part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Parks 2020 program to fix and improve long-neglected infrastructure in New York state parks.

Then we go to Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY for I Love My Park Day on May 2. More than 60 volunteers plant trees, install signs, and paint campsite posts in the new campground loop. I Love My Park Day was sponsored and coordinated by Parks and Trails New York and New York State Parks and occurred in parks all over New York. The event at Robert H. Treman State Park was hosted by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

Next, we look at a quick survey of some of the amazing spring wildflowers in our woods!

Finally, we visit Watkins Glen State Park in Schuyler County near Seneca Lake and look at the gorge and waterfalls on Sunday, May 3.

Have you seen our new e-dition of our popular book, Ithaca–the City, Gorges, and Colleges? See some preview pages. Buy the download for only $2.99!

Land Trust Preserves and Monarch Butterflies

New England aster wildflower, Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve, Finger Lakes Land Trust, near Ithaca, NY in the Town of Dryden

New England aster at the entrance to the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve near Ithaca, NY.

In episode 58 of Walk in the Park TV, we visit two Finger Lakes Land Trust Nature Preserves: Ellis Hollow Preserve in the Cascadilla Creek watershed east of Ithaca, NY and the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve in the upper Sixmile Creek watershed between Dryden, NY and Slaterville Springs and next to Hammond Hill. While there, we take a close look at a monarch butterfly and consider its life cycle and reasons for its serious recent decline.

Watch this episode this week on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3) at the following schedule, or right here online!

Waterfront Parks in Ithaca: Cass Park, Treman Marina, and East Shore Park

Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3), next Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00, and right now, below, online!

South end of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca NY, Finger Lakes, aerial

The south end of Cayuga Lake. Photo by Bill Hecht

This week on Walk in the Park TV (episode 55), we visit Cass Park and Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, in the city of Ithaca and along Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake. We also look at the new interpretive sign at East Shore Park in the Town of Ithaca, the only public access to Cayuga Lake in the Town.

At Cass Park, we look at severe damage to trees from the Labor Day storm. At Treman Marina, we visit with Allison of the Finger Lakes Institute as she explains how she inspects boats at the marina and educates boaters about “aquatic hitchhikers,” invasive aquatic plants, including hydrilla, that can become attached to boats with the danger that they will be transported to other waters.

We also pop over to Seneca Lake and Schuyler County to look at footage of Hector Falls swollen by the Labor Day rainstorm. And we also enjoy the abstract patterns of rippling water at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca.

We begin this episode, recorded on Sept. 11, 2013, with a tribute to the people who lost their lives in New York City in the World Trade Center attacks twelve years ago, and visit the National 9-11 Memorial.

Watch it here!

Walk in the Park episode 55 starts tonight!


Taughannock Falls State Park, at the end of the Gorge Trail, Trumansburg, NY, near Ithaca, in the Finger Lakes.

Taughannock Falls

Walk in the Park TV episode 55, recorded on September 11, 2013, will premiere tonight on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) at  9:00 p.m. It will repeat according to this schedule through next Tuesday. And it will be posted on this vidblog soon! Check back at walkinpark.com soon to watch the show online.