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.

Walk in the Park

Notice that I have changed the name of my blog once again. I want to make the blog reflect what I try to do every day, which is go for some kind of walk in a park!

Grandfather Mountain looms above the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain looms above the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

I just returned from a 16-day odyssey through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, mostly following the Blue Ridge Parkway, a linear national park following this beautiful mountain chain for more than 400 miles. Upon my return to little old Ithaca, NY, I realized how tiny we are here and how insular I’d gotten over the past few months. So this refreshed perspective prompts me to broaden the scope of this blog to parks everywhere, including parks I may not have been to or discussion of issues affecting or reflected by parks. I welcome your comments, and your suggestions about neat parks!

Walk in the Park is also the name of my YouTube video channel that has many short videos that you may have seen in my posts. And Walk in the Park is also the name of one of my Facebook pages; there’s not been a lot of activity there, but I expect to pick that up.

I am also toying with the idea of starting a regular public access TV show in Ithaca with the same title. Stay tuned!