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.

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!

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!