Hike Across Grand Canyon

“Ithaca is Gorges.” Ithaca is famous for and proud of its many gorges and waterfalls. Of course, in the United States the greatest gorge of all is the Grand Canyon. During November of 2012, Ithacans Tammy Lovell and Jim Rundle set off on the “trip of a lifetime,” hiking from the North Rim to the South Rim of Grand Canyon over several days. In this encore episode 36 of Walk in the Park, they tell us their story and how they prepared for it. You can watch it either on channel 13 Ithaca, NY cable TV according to the following schedule, or online below anytime.

Thursday, February 16, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Monday, 9:00 AM

Tuesday, February 21, 8:00 PM

Check back later for additional cablecasts to be added to this week’s schedule.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series on Ithaca, NY channel 13, produced by Tony Ingraham in PEGASYS Studio. Walk in the Park is produced as a courtesy of Owl Gorge Productions which publishes Ingraham’s national award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone, available in some area bookstores and at the Watkins Glen State Park gift shop, and online. Find out more!

Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Hike

This week’s Walk in the Park is an encore episode (#36) from three years ago, and it’s a good one! Tammy Lovell and Jim Rundle of Ithaca fulfill their dream of walking across the Grand Canyon! You can watch it on Ithaca cable TV (schedule below), or you can click on this photograph to watch it online anytime.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Watch this episode on Ithaca Time Warner Cable public access channel 13 (and 97.1) at

9 PM Thursday, February 8, 2016

10 AM Saturday and Sunday

8 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Falls and Lakes

On TV, and online right here!

In this episode (106) of Walk in the Park, we compare Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca before and during the recent heavy rain. Then we look at Hector Falls by Seneca Lake,  Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek, and then we’ll pop over to Owasco Lake, our Finger Lakes neighbor to the east. We’ll travel the length of the lake and visit parks at either end. Finally, we’ll start a discussion of “Grand Canyons” across America with a peek at the “Grand Canyon of Maine.”

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions  at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable, Ithaca, NY June 11, 2015. See the full schedule of Walk in the Park cablecasts.

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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!

Grand Canyon & Finger Lakes Compared

Huh? What could such different regions have in common? Well, there are some commonalities, and there are great differences. The two regions are parts of much larger river basins, the Colorado and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence respectively. Both are eroded into ancient sedimentary rock layers. One is arid, and often desert, while the other receives abundant rainfall. One has been drastically altered by glaciation, while the other apparently has not. In this week’s episode (#37) of Walk in the Park TV, we return to the Grand Canyon (following last week’s show, “Walk Across the Grand Canyon“) and look at the bigger picture.

South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The South Kaibab Trail hugs the base of this cliff near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

After that, in honor of the Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens, we take a look at real ravens, including ravens at the Grand Canyon. And finally, we briefly discuss uranium mining at the Grand Canyon.

See it here online, or watch it on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. each day, or next Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 p.m., and at other times the station may schedule it until Wednesday, Feb. 13 (check just before the hour and half hour and the day’s cablecast schedule is usually posted briefly).

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Walk Across Grand Canyon

“If I can do it, anybody can do it,” remarks Tammy Lovell in my newest episode of my Walk in the Park TV series on Ithaca, NY public access channel 13. She’s speaking of hiking across the Grand Canyon, a 25 mile trek from the North Rim to the South Rim in this famous national park in northern Arizona. “But you do have to know what you are doing; you have to be careful,” she cautions.

Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Jim & Tammy emerge from the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail on their way to Indian Gardens and the South Rim. Photo provided by Jim Rundle

Tammy and her husband Jim Rundle joined up with two others to spend five days on their “trip of a lifetime” last November. In their story here, they tell us about their trek, how they prepared, the equipment they chose, and they share dozens of gorgeous photographs from the trail.

You can see their story online here, or watch it on Ithaca’s public access channel 13 over the next few days, including 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday both, and finally next Tuesday, at 8:00 p.m. (and at other times they station manager may select).

But if you can’t get it on TV, see it right here! Jim and Tammy share valuable tips for planning your own trip of lifetime.

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Bright Angel Bliss

Jim Rundle and Tammy Lovell joined two others to walk across the Grand Canyon last November in a trek that dazzled their senses with awe. They tell their story on this week’s episode of  Walk in the Park TV series on Ithaca’s public access channel 13. It is showing now: next scheduled showings are this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and next Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. And at other times as the station chooses. I will post the show online very soon!

Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

The Bright Angel Trail ascends toward the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Jim Rundle