Winter Walk to Lucifer Falls

Have you ever seen 115-feet-high Lucifer Falls frozen over? You can’t drive to the overlook on the Rim Trail at Robert H. Treman State Park southeast of Ithaca, NY. You need to walk for about 15 minutes on the Rim Trail to the spectacular view back toward Lucifer Falls. This is the only section of the Rim Trail that is open in the winter, and the Gorge Trail, which passes right next to the waterfall, is closed for the season. In this episode (184) of Walk in the Park, Tony Ingraham takes you on a guided walk to this memorable spot for a truly unusual view: Lucifer Falls completely clad in ice! Watch the show online (below), or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 12:00 noon and 9:00 PM, January 11

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 10:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 3:00 PM, January 17, 2018

This episode opens with a special short video from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, called “Creature Feature,” welcoming us to 2018.

Walk in Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio, in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series.

Investing in State Parks

2017 was a good year for New York State Parks and a rough year for National Parks. We begin with a phone interview with Fred Bonn, Regional Director for the Finger Lakes State Parks. Fred tells us about the great developments in the region’s parks coming up in 2018, as part of the NY Parks 2020 capital improvement program. And he reviews the major accomplishments under the program in 2017. Then Tony Ingraham, host, reviews the National Parks Conservation Association report card for President Trump regarding the National Parks and the cutbacks and damage he has done to the system.

You can watch this week’s episode (183) online below, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, January 4, 2018

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 11:30 PM

Monday, 9:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM, January 9, 2018

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

Treman in November

In this episode of Walk in the Park (179), we focus on the early touch of winter on Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. We explore the upper gorge and Lucifer Falls, some improvements on the Gorge Trail in the lower park, and compare the Lower Falls now with what it was like during summer.

Watch episode 179 right here online anytime (below), and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at these times:

Thursday, 12:00 PM and 9:00 PM, Nov. 16, 2017

Friday, 6:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 11:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM, Nov. 21, 2017

We also look at how the park, with the help of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, is refreshing the look of the Old Mill in the upper park. In addition, we look at the nip of frost on Taughannock Falls, geese at dawn on Cayuga Lake, high water at Ithaca Falls and Buttermilk Falls, views from Forest Fall in Fall Creek Gorge now and in the 19th century, and a 19th century view of the Flume in the gorge in upper Robert H. Treman State Park.

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Trails Makeover

The Finger Lakes State Parks Trails Crew is improving our favorite trails. In this episode (178) of Walk in the Park, we go to upper Buttermilk Falls State Park with them and see how they have removed old, hazardous trail structures and built new stairs up steep slopes, boardwalks over wet areas, a “turnpike,” and even brought their building materials to the trail by canoe.

You can watch this episode right here and on Ithaca public access cable channel 13 at the following times.

Thursday, 9:00 PM, Nov. 9, 2017

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, November 14, 2017

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions for public access cablecast in Ithaca NY at PEGASYS Studio of Spectrum TV.

Finger Lakes Fall from the Sky

This time, we go back five years to watch episode 26, “Finger Lakes Fall from the Sky,” featuring aerial photography of fall colors around the region by photographer Bill Hecht. You can watch it here online, and you can watch it on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, Oct. 19, 2017

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 3:00 PM and 11:30 PM, October 25, 2017

We see Ithaca, Sixmile Creek valley, Buttermilk Falls State Park (including the effects of Hurricane Sandy), Cayuga Lake, Myers Point in Lansing, Keuka Lake, Bluff Point, Keuka College, Canandaigua Lake, Naples NY, the Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, and the Great Hill (or South Hill) at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, considered (and celebrated) by the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois as their birthplace. Great Hill is now a Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve.

We fly over Cliffside State Forest in Schuyler County and Cornell University’s Arnot Forest in Tompkins County. We also go back to Ithaca Falls for a couple of short videos of the waterfall, fall colors, and fly fishermen in Fall Creek, set to music. And we reconsider a couple of maple tree species in the western United States, the bigtoothed maple in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, and the bigleaf maple on the West Coast, from California through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and just into southeast Alaska. Join host Tony Ingraham in this scenery-packed episode of Walk in the Park (#26).

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series in Ithaca, NY produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See my national award winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, “A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.”

 

Swimming Hazards in the Lake and Gorges

Walk in the Park episode 173. “Harmful Algal Blooms” or blue-green algae have made swimming and other uses of Cayuga Lake dangerous at particular times and locations this summer. Also, swimmers drown in our gorges every year. Find out why. We conclude with an explanation of great fractures in the walls of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the show online here, or on Ithaca NY area cable channel 13 at the following times (to be updated to an expanded schedule soon):

Thursday, August 10, 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 13, 10:00 AM

Monday, August 14, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 15, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM & 11:30 PM


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Flash Floods!

In this episode 172 of Walk in the Park, we visit local gorges and Cayuga Lake to look at flash floods last week in the context of sub-watersheds of Cayuga Lake: at Ithaca Falls, Six Mile Creek, Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls, Yawger Creek, and the Ithaca Mall! We finish off with a series of photographs of blooming mountain laurel in Ricketts Glen State Park in northern Pennsylvania.

You can watch this episode online below, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Monday, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 PM

And online right here anytime!

Featuring the aerial videography of Joe Scaglione III, the videography of Jenny Renee Burun-Stout, videography from Robert H. Treman State Park staff, the photography of Fernando Llosa, the photography and videography of Tony Ingraham, and the aerial photography of Bill Hecht.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced in Ithaca, NY at PEGASYS Studio, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Making our Gorges Safer

Each spring, the Finger Lakes State Parks Scaling Teams rappel down cliffs over Gorge Trails, manually removing shards of shale that winter freezing has left perched on ledges. If they didn’t do this hard, dangerous work, called “scaling,” it would not be safe enough for us to walk in the gorges, for fear of falling rock. Scaling must be conducted annually in six state parks in the Finger Lakes region. In this week’s episode (167) of Walk in the Park, we take a close look at the scalers at work on the high cliffs in the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. The scalers tell us and show us what’s involved.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park above online, or on TV in the Ithaca area, on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times. Additional cablecasts will be added shortly.

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10;00 AM and 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wedgesday, May 23, 1:00 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.

Loving a Park!

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, we go to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 6, 2017, where some 80 volunteers worked on projects to get the park ready for the season, while Enfield Creek was roaring with the heavy rain. Then we go to Watkins Glen State Park the day after the Gorge Trail was opened for the season, following the extensive scaling work on the cliffs necessary every spring. We look at the big reconstruction of the Main Entrance. You can watch this episode here, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a public access TV production at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, a division of Spectrum TV (formerly Time Warner Cable).
Take a look at Ingraham’s national award winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park News, May 3, 2017

Park News in the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first edition of “Park News,” an experiment in sharing what’s new in parks, of all kinds, around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This week, former NYS Parks Environmental Educator Tony Ingraham discusses this weekend’s I Love My Park Day events at state parks throughout the Finger Lakes. He also discusses the status of “scaling” of loose rock from cliffs above Gorge Trails.

Park News is in no way officially associated with NYS Parks or any other agency, and is not intended to be a mouthpiece therefor. Park News is produced exclusively by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Ingraham also produces the weekly public access TV series, Walk in the Park, also viewable online on this website.
Ingraham is also the author of the national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.