Gorge to Gulf

Walk in the Park episode 152. We in the Finger Lakes of New York have emerged from perhaps the longest drought in memory. Our dry gorges and waterfalls are now flowing again. Let’s take a look at before and after at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls.
Then we go to south Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and camp near the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world (70 miles!).

Watch it all right here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 201


Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS public access TV studio in Ithaca NY.

Salt Point Celebration

Walk in the Park episode 150 takes us to Salt Point Natural Area on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, NY, near the better known Myers Park on Myers Point. Salt Point forms the northern half of the delta created by Salmon Creek on the east shore of Cayuga Lake several miles north of Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region, in Tompkins County. Once the site of an enormous salt works, exploiting Silurian salt deposits thousands of feet below the surface, Salt Point has been transformed into a beautiful public natural area park, after decades of neglect and misuse.
On October 16, 2017, the Friends of Salt Point dedicated a new, elaborate interpretive kiosk on the point, explaining the Salt Point’s history and nature. Throughout the celebration we learn a lot about Salt Point and what it took to transform it into a beautiful natural area park for everyone.

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue to be cablecast on Ithaca, NY channel 13 at the following times: 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6; and 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8 (take a refreshing break from the election drama!). And, you can watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

As an extension of this episode, watch episode 119, “Salt Point,” produced a year ago. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement gave a slide show on the history of Salt Point, particularly focusing on its many years as the site of International Salt Company’s works there.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Journey to Big Bend

In this episode of Walk in the Park TV (#46), Tony travels to Texas, first to visit Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande in the Chihuahuan Desert and the Chisos Mountains of southwest Texas. See this episode on Ithaca, NY’s public access channel 13 (see the schedule below) or watch it right here on this page, below.

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas

He also visits Historic Fort Stockton which was manned by African American “Buffalo Soldiers” following the Civil War, during the war against the Comanches, Apaches, and other Indian nations in the campaign to conquer the Southwest and secure the southernmost wagon train route to California.

Historic Fort Stockton, Texas

Historic Fort Stockton, Texas

Then Tony camps in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio, spending several days at the birdwatching hot spot South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX. There he sees many birds new to him, including the painted bunting, and has an encounter with a rattlesnake! See all the Walk in the Park TV episodes and more online here.

Painted Bunting in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas. Birding, bird watching.

Painted Bunting in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas

Watch the  half hour show right here….

Or catch it on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday (April 27 & 28) at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday (April 30) at 8:00 p.m. The video quality on your TV will be better than in this online version.


Walk in the Park TV Show!

Ithaca NY public access TV about parks, nature, history, concerts, news, environment

I have begun a new series on Ithaca public access television (PEGASYS) cable channel 13, called “Walk in the Park”! It is in a “magazine” format, with segments about various parks including events, park news, interpretation of cultural and natural history, park-related issues, and lots of photographs and video clips.

Each week, I will feature items posted on this blog and much more. The program runs half an hour. Soon after the show is recorded, I will post it online with a notice on this blog. I plan to create a page here with all of the shows and their summaries. If you don’t subscribe to Time Warner Cable TV in the Ithaca area, you will only be able to see the show online.

Each episode will run four times over the ensuing week. The first showing each week will be on Thursday and the final showing will be the following Tuesday.

Weekly Schedule through August:

Thursdays,                9:00 p.m.

Saturdays,             10:30 a.m.

Sundays,             10:30 a.m.

Tuesdays,              8:00 p.m.

In this week’s episode, airing first on July 12, I feature images and video from the shadows and reflections of Buttermilk Glen, a video of Ithaca’s Independence Day fireworks at Stewart Park, Newtown Battlefield State Park (with more information than last week’s blog post including bird photographs), Watkins Glen historical photos, and news from Robert H. Treman State Park about new trail features and a new exhibit in the Old Mill about the CCC camp in the park in the 1930s. Watch it here!

In future episodes, there may be guest appearances by park squatter and backwoods philosopher Ichabod. Click on his picture below to see his short commentaries and rants. But beware, they don’t call him “Icky” for nothing!

Ichabod park woods opinion nature humor

Ichabod emphasizes a point.