Black Diamond Trail Celebration

“Wahoo!” cried Sue Poelvoorde of Finger Lakes State Parks on Oct. 2, 2016 when addressing the crowd gathered at the Cass Park pavilion in Ithaca, NY. She was celebrating decades of work by many partners in finally completing the first eight miles of the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The gathering was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC), a major partner and advocate for the Black Diamond Trail.

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#148) covers this event and shows numerous scenes from this valuable community resource, explaining its history and character. You can watch it on Ithaca public access television channel 13 (remaining cablecasts: 10 AM Sunday, 10/23/16; and 8 PM Tuesday, 10/25/16). Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Also speaking in this show are Andrejs Ozolins of the FLCC, Armin Heurich, president of the FLCC, Jan Zeserson of the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN), Fred Bonn, regional director of Finger Lakes State Parks, and Bob Beck of the Town of Dryden, who tells us what’s happening with their rails-to-trails project.

The Black Diamond Trail was once a railroad route running from Pennsylvania through Ithaca, to Trumansburg, and ending in Geneva. It ended service about sixty years ago, and  it’s been a long process since to convert it to a recreational trail.

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Park Minute: Wolf Tree

In Park Minute 62, we take a look at a huge old white oak tree along the Finger Lakes Trail.

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Rocks, Trees, and Songs

On TV and online! In episode 147 of Walk in the Park, we visit a “wolf tree” along the Finger Lakes Trail, take another look at drought-stricken Taughannock Falls and Lucifer Falls, learn about wildlife at Robert H. Treman State Park, marvel at rock formations and pools at Buttermilk Falls State Park, and listen to a sampling of the scores of musicians in Ithaca, NY’s Porchfest on Sept. 18.

Watch it on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, 9/22

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM Tuesday, 9/27/16

Or watch it right here online anytime!

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Shindagin Hollow

Shindagin Hollow State Forest’s 5,266 acres make it five times larger than any of the several state parks in the Ithaca, NY area. In this episode (146) of Walk in the Park, we take a walk along the Finger Lakes Trail in Shindagin Hollow to its lovely little lean-to perched above the ravine of Shindagin Creek. We also look at the unusual balsam fir forest in Shindagin. And we take a broader look at Shindagin’s proximity to the great divide between north-flowing and south-flowing waterways, separating those that flow to the St. Lawrence River from those that head south in the Susquehanna River to the Chesapeake Bay. Finally, we look at the ongoing effects of severe drought in the Finger Lakes region.

You can watch this half-hour episode right here (below), and you can catch it on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at these times:

9:00 PM Sept. 15, 2016 (Thursday)

10:00 AM September 17 & 18 (both Saturday and Sunday)

8:00 PM September 20 (Tuesday)

Walk in the Park is produced in Ithaca, NY at PEGASYS pubic access TV studio of Time Warner Cable by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions (Take a look at our books about the area on our website!).

North Cascades

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 last month, including North Cascades National Park, Okonagan National Forest, and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Watch this episode on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13, or online right here!

Remaining Ithaca channel 13 cablecasts of this episode:

10 AM Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11

8 PM Tuesday, September 13

Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Park Minute 61: Taughannock Falls in Drought

The ‪‎Finger Lakes region of New York State has been in a severe drought this summer and this is particularly noticeable in streams and at waterfalls such as Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg, ten miles north of Ithaca along the west shore of Cayuga Lake. This view of the waterfall is from a lesser-known overlook along the North Rim Trail about 100 yards west of the popular Falls Overlook parking area. The raucous bird sounds at the beginning and end of the video are made by a raven. Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.

 

Waterless Falls

Watchable here online, and on Ithaca, NY area cable 13. Remaining cablecasts are at 10 AM Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016, and finally 8 PM Tuesday, August 9.

In this episode (144) of Walk in the Park, we look at the effect of continuing drought in the Finger Lakes which leaves little water to splash down our wonderful waterfalls in the region and even threatens the City of Ithaca’s water supply in Sixmile Creek. Meanwhile, the Finger Lakes Land Trust is raising funds to protect 12,000 feet of shoreline of Sixmile Creek. We rise up in the air for a beautiful ride over the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Hinchcliff Family Preserve above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake. And we compare the nearly dry falls of Watkins Glen State Park with photos from wetter times. (Thanks to photographer Michael Fraser of Captured Moments Photography).

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable.
See our national-award-winning book, A walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Dry Gorges

The Finger Lakes region is in a severe drought, and it is reflected in our forests, fields, streams, wells, and in our parks. Taughannock Falls is nearly dry. Buttermilk Falls is nearly dry. But our gorges still are beautiful, as they reveal their amazing, polished, rocky bones, and quiet, reflective pools. We look at several gorges this week. And videographer and musician Tom Baker takes us to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#143) will be cablecast on Ithaca TV channel 13 at 9 PM Thursday, July 28; 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday; and finally at 8 PM, Tuesday, August 2, 2016. And you can watch it ONLINE RIGHT HERE anytime, anywhere.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television show in Ithaca, NY, and is produced at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, owner of Owl Gorge Productions. See my beautiful, award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Taughannock Landslide

Episode 142 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times: 9:00 PM, Thursday, July 14, 2016; 10 AM, Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM, Tuesday, July 19.

An area known as “Big Bend” along the Gorge Trail on the way to Taughannock Falls (in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY) is prone to massive rockslides. This summer, state park officials decided to pre-empt the next big slide by bringing it down in a controlled way. It required closing the gorge for about a month and excluding the public from the danger involved in the work. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we look at the geology behind these rockslides and explain what was done in this extraordinary case of “scaling.”

We also visit the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park to learn more about the geology of our gorges that affect the behavior of their cliffs. Finally, the new visitor center at the Falls Overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park opened this week.
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Walk in the Park is a non-profit show produced by Tony Ingraham and Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look at our national award winning book about Watkins Glen State Park. And check out our video blog with all of our shows and short videos.