Bear Trail Winter

This week, we begin with a peek at high water in the gorge of Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park. Then we go for a hike in the snow on the “Bear Trail” in the upper park. Finally, we look through 19th century eyes at Taughannock Falls. See it all online below, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, January 25, 2018

Friday, 3:30 PM & 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM & 8:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM & 8:00 PM

Wednesday, 9:00 AM, January 30, 2018

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

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.

Scenic Tour of Ithaca

In this week’s encore episode of Walk in the Park (#57) from 2013, I take you on a scenic tour from Cayuga Lake to the hills around the Town of Ithaca. We pass waterfalls, parks, vistas over the valley, take a short walk in a nature preserve, pass through farms, cross creeks, and take in sweeping views of hills, gorges, valleys, and Cayuga Lake. You can watch it on this page anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area’s public access TV cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, Nov. 23, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a 30-minute, weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio.

Park Minute 74: Geese at Taughannock

On a frosty November dawn, Canada geese swim along South Point at Taughannock Falls State Park, In Cayuga Lake. The temperature dipped well below freezing in the Finger Lakes on the morning of Nov. 11, 2017. (The bright yellow band on the far side of the lake is mist illuminated by the sunrise.) Taughannock Falls State Park is near Trumansburg, NY and Ithaca, NY in central New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 at PEGASYS Studio, and for publishing online.

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.

Roaring Falls and Misty Lakes

Heavy rain caused Ithaca Falls and Buttermilk Falls to burst! A frosty night raises chilly mist over Keuka Lake. Cornell gives us the names of the waterfalls in Fall Creek Gorge. Where in the Finger Lakes is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native American history and culture? And where is the Finger Lakes Museum? And what does Taughannock Gorge look like from the air? Join Tony Ingraham on an exploration of these places and more in episode 177 of Walk in the Park! Watch it right here anytime or on Ithaca area cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, Nov. 2, 2017

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM, November 7, 2017

Or watch it right here right now!

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

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.

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.

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.