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.

Sampson State Park

We begin this episode (160) of Walk in the Park with a February look at Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we go to Sampson State Park on the east shore of Seneca Lake in Seneca County, NY and visit the Sampson Military Museum, created by World War 2 veterans who trained at the Sampson Naval Training Center, and Korean War veterans who trained at Sampson Air Force Base. We review the Revolutionary War history of the site, and some of the history of the nearby former Seneca Army Depot, including the Women’s Peace Encampment in the 1980s that protested the nuclear arms race.

Watch it online below or on Ithaca area cable channel 13 at any of the following days and times:

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 1:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 PM


Sampson State Park is over 2,000 acres and has a two-mile undeveloped shoreline along Seneca Lake. It’s large campground has 309 sites, and has the most electric sites in the Finger Lakes State Parks, making it a favorite for RV campers.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, as a public service of Owl Gorge Productions . Take a peek at Tony’s national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

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!

Icy Upper Treman

Walk in the Park episode 159. Winter ice chokes our gorges and makes them unsafe to walk in. But we can still get to some great viewing spots. One example is upper Robert H. Treman State Park, where we take a winter peek. In this episode, we also re-visit the effort to save our hemlock trees from the invasive pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid; we learn about how plant roots are able to figure out which way is down; and we consider what role the Ice Age had in shaping our landscape as demonstrated at Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch this episode online (below) or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, February 9, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 every week. Find out more about Ithaca public access TV.

 

 

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.

Big Trees!

Everybody loves trees, especially large trees. This time (Walk in the Park episode 154), we’ll look at some big trees in New York State, and consider the NY State Big Tree Register where all the champion trees are listed. Then we go to California to look at some really big trees, giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca cable TV at the following times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

12 PM & 6 PM, Friday

10 AM & 10 PM Saturday

10 AM Sunday

8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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

Back into Fall

Walk in the Park episode 153. As autumn slips into winter, we take a look back at some of our fall foliage beauty in the Finger Lakes. Watch my 29-minute show here online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area public access cable channel 13 at these times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016; 12 PM and 6 PM Friday

10 AM and 7:30 PM Saturday; and 10 AM and 3 PM Sunday

3 PM and 8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park; Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Martin Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Canandaigua Lake, the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Bare Hill, South Hill, and Vine Valley; the east shore of Cayuga Lake from Union Springs and Frontenac Island to Lansing and finally Ithaca. Then we switch to Corpus Christi Texas to explore two natural areas: the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center. See the photos of our encounter with a western diamondback rattlesnake!

Walk in the Park is produced for public access television at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham. Owl Gorge Productions

Salt Point Celebration

Walk in the Park episode 150 takes us to Salt Point Natural Area on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, NY, near the better known Myers Park on Myers Point. Salt Point forms the northern half of the delta created by Salmon Creek on the east shore of Cayuga Lake several miles north of Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region, in Tompkins County. Once the site of an enormous salt works, exploiting Silurian salt deposits thousands of feet below the surface, Salt Point has been transformed into a beautiful public natural area park, after decades of neglect and misuse.
On October 16, 2017, the Friends of Salt Point dedicated a new, elaborate interpretive kiosk on the point, explaining the Salt Point’s history and nature. Throughout the celebration we learn a lot about Salt Point and what it took to transform it into a beautiful natural area park for everyone.

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue to be cablecast on Ithaca, NY channel 13 at the following times: 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6; and 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8 (take a refreshing break from the election drama!). And, you can watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

As an extension of this episode, watch episode 119, “Salt Point,” produced a year ago. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement gave a slide show on the history of Salt Point, particularly focusing on its many years as the site of International Salt Company’s works there.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Fall and Falls

We begin this episode of Walk in the Park (149) with Heritage Day in upper Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we look at fall colors in the upper gorge and Lucifer Falls, attend the dedication of the new park entrance area at Ithaca Falls, and visit the Martin Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in Schuyler County.

You can watch it on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, October 27

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30

8:00 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2015

And you can stream it online anytime right here:


Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show on cable channel 13 in Ithaca, NY, produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
Take a look at my national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

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.