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.

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.

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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Black Diamond Trail Celebration

“Wahoo!” cried Sue Poelvoorde of Finger Lakes State Parks on Oct. 2, 2016 when addressing the crowd gathered at the Cass Park pavilion in Ithaca, NY. She was celebrating decades of work by many partners in finally completing the first eight miles of the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The gathering was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC), a major partner and advocate for the Black Diamond Trail.

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#148) covers this event and shows numerous scenes from this valuable community resource, explaining its history and character. You can watch it on Ithaca public access television channel 13 (remaining cablecasts: 10 AM Sunday, 10/23/16; and 8 PM Tuesday, 10/25/16). Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Also speaking in this show are Andrejs Ozolins of the FLCC, Armin Heurich, president of the FLCC, Jan Zeserson of the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN), Fred Bonn, regional director of Finger Lakes State Parks, and Bob Beck of the Town of Dryden, who tells us what’s happening with their rails-to-trails project.

The Black Diamond Trail was once a railroad route running from Pennsylvania through Ithaca, to Trumansburg, and ending in Geneva. It ended service about sixty years ago, and  it’s been a long process since to convert it to a recreational trail.

Walk in the Park is a public access weekly series produced by Tony ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY; at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable.

Take a look at Tony’s award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Rocks, Trees, and Songs

On TV and online! In episode 147 of Walk in the Park, we visit a “wolf tree” along the Finger Lakes Trail, take another look at drought-stricken Taughannock Falls and Lucifer Falls, learn about wildlife at Robert H. Treman State Park, marvel at rock formations and pools at Buttermilk Falls State Park, and listen to a sampling of the scores of musicians in Ithaca, NY’s Porchfest on Sept. 18.

Watch it on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, 9/22

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM Tuesday, 9/27/16

Or watch it right here online anytime!

See all of our episodes of Walk in the Park. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is produced as a weekly public access TV series at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.

Park Minute 61: Taughannock Falls in Drought

The ‪‎Finger Lakes region of New York State has been in a severe drought this summer and this is particularly noticeable in streams and at waterfalls such as Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg, ten miles north of Ithaca along the west shore of Cayuga Lake. This view of the waterfall is from a lesser-known overlook along the North Rim Trail about 100 yards west of the popular Falls Overlook parking area. The raucous bird sounds at the beginning and end of the video are made by a raven. Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.

 

Waterless Falls

Watchable here online, and on Ithaca, NY area cable 13. Remaining cablecasts are at 10 AM Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016, and finally 8 PM Tuesday, August 9.

In this episode (144) of Walk in the Park, we look at the effect of continuing drought in the Finger Lakes which leaves little water to splash down our wonderful waterfalls in the region and even threatens the City of Ithaca’s water supply in Sixmile Creek. Meanwhile, the Finger Lakes Land Trust is raising funds to protect 12,000 feet of shoreline of Sixmile Creek. We rise up in the air for a beautiful ride over the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Hinchcliff Family Preserve above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake. And we compare the nearly dry falls of Watkins Glen State Park with photos from wetter times. (Thanks to photographer Michael Fraser of Captured Moments Photography).

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable.
See our national-award-winning book, A walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Taughannock Landslide

Episode 142 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times in 2017:

Thursday, April 6, 9:00 PM

Friday, 7:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Monday, 9:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

An area known as “Big Bend” along the Gorge Trail on the way to Taughannock Falls (in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY) is prone to massive rockslides. This summer, state park officials decided to pre-empt the next big slide by bringing it down in a controlled way. It required closing the gorge for about a month and excluding the public from the danger involved in the work. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we look at the geology behind these rockslides and explain what was done in this extraordinary case of “scaling.”

We also visit the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park to learn more about the geology of our gorges that affect the behavior of their cliffs. Finally, the new visitor center at the Falls Overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park opened this week.
Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV show in Ithaca, NY. See the schedule of cablecasts.
Walk in the Park is a non-profit show produced by Tony Ingraham and Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look at our national award winning book about Watkins Glen State Park. And check out our video blog with all of our shows and short videos.