Taughannock House Hotel

As many as 2 million people visit the Taughannock Falls Overlook each year, in Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks; but few realize that a century ago a beautiful 2 1/2 story tourist hotel stood nearby, the Taughannock House (also known as Halsey Hotel and the Cataract House). In this episode  (162) of Walk in the Park (weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY) we look at this hotel and the archeology work done on its site prior to a wonderful renovation of the overlook area. We also see what’s new at Fillmore Glen State Park, and head into the glen at Watkins Glen State Park. You can watch it online here and on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Friday, March 17, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See his national-award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

What’s New in State Parks?

The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park sponsor this episode of Walk in the Park (161), featuring Finger Lakes State Parks Region environmental educator Josh Teeter. He explains some of the interesting things he gets involved in his job, including environmental education activities in state parks and environmental and cultural stewardship projects; such as protecting trees from insect pests, scaling loose rock on cliffs over trails, and wildlife conservation. Teeter shows us some of the new developments underway or planned for area state parks; including the overhaul of the main entrance at Watkins Glen State Park (with some of its planned interpretive facilities), the Black Diamond Trail, and a new bridge over the “fordway” to the campground at Robert H. Treman State Park.

Watch this episode online here (below) or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions as an Ithaca, NY public access weekly television (PEGASYS) series shown on Ithaca area cable channel 13.

Icy Upper Treman

Walk in the Park episode 159. Winter ice chokes our gorges and makes them unsafe to walk in. But we can still get to some great viewing spots. One example is upper Robert H. Treman State Park, where we take a winter peek. In this episode, we also re-visit the effort to save our hemlock trees from the invasive pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid; we learn about how plant roots are able to figure out which way is down; and we consider what role the Ice Age had in shaping our landscape as demonstrated at Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch this episode online (below) or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, February 9, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 every week. Find out more about Ithaca public access TV.

 

 

Park Minute 68: Entering Glen Alpha, Watkins Glen State Park

“Glen Alpha” is the name given in the 1800s to the first interior section of gorge in what is now Watkins Glen State Park, the section beyond the Main Entrance, or Entrance Amphitheatre as it was once known. Watkins Glen State Park is the most popular state park in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY. See my award-winning book, “A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone,” available at the park’s gift shop and online. See my FaceBook page for the book.

See all of my Park Minutes. Also see my weekly Ithaca, NY public access television series, Walk in the Park, watchable on TV and online. Both Park Minute and Walk in the Park are cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television PEGASYS channel 13.

 

When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Back into Fall

Walk in the Park episode 153. As autumn slips into winter, we take a look back at some of our fall foliage beauty in the Finger Lakes. Watch my 29-minute show here online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area public access cable channel 13 at these times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016; 12 PM and 6 PM Friday

10 AM and 7:30 PM Saturday; and 10 AM and 3 PM Sunday

3 PM and 8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park; Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Martin Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Canandaigua Lake, the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Bare Hill, South Hill, and Vine Valley; the east shore of Cayuga Lake from Union Springs and Frontenac Island to Lansing and finally Ithaca. Then we switch to Corpus Christi Texas to explore two natural areas: the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center. See the photos of our encounter with a western diamondback rattlesnake!

Walk in the Park is produced for public access television at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham. Owl Gorge Productions

Park Minute 66: Porcupine at Taughannock Falls

We don’t usually see porcupines in public around here, but during the long drought of 2016, this porcupine visited Taughannock Falls for a drink and a dip.

Perhaps his normal sources of water in the woods had dried up and he was forced to show up at this popular waterfall. This video was shot in September 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY.
Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY, copyright 2016.
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Park Minute is produced for cablecast on PEGASYS, public access television in Ithaca, NY. See all of my Park Minutes.

 

 

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.

Park Minute 65: Autumn Over Canandaigua Lake

An aerial trip along the east side of Canandaigua Lake, featuring Conklin Gully in Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, Naples, NY; Great Hill, aka South Hill, with its Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve; Bare Hill and the Bare Hill State Unique Area; and Vine Valley. Aerial photography by Bill Hecht.

Park Minute 65. Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions in Ithaca, NY. See all of my Park Minutes .