Monday, February 24, 2014

An update!

**2014 UPDATE**
Hi everyone! As you probably know already, I have not maintained or updated this blog in a very long time. I have moved out of your lovely city of Ithaca and can no longer keep it up to date. I don't want outdated information to be misleading anyone so I would like to take it down. However, seeing as there is still significant traffic to this blog, I intend to keep it online for another year, after which I will stop paying for the domain. If anyone is interested in taking the content or the site or has alternative suggestions, please leave a comment or email fithaca@gmail.com. I will check once every few days. Cheers.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Weekend events

Deer-hunting season ends after this weekend. The South Hill Rec Way re-opens on Monday.


Saturday December 10

It's a Wonderful Run(/Walk) 5k, through the historic village of Seneca Falls, NY. Run starts at 4:40 pm. Register on race-day before 4 pm for $30. All proceeds will go to the Seneca County House of Concern and the “It’s A Wonderful Life” committee.

Look for Owls at the Lab of Ornithology. 3 pm until dusk.

Wander the busy streets of downtown Ithaca and enjoy the annual Winter Festival.


Sunday December 11

Join the Cayuga Trails Club and the Sunday Hikers for a hike in Lime Hollow Nature Preserve in Cortland. RSVP in case of last minute changes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekend events

Friday December 2

Hike the woods of Cayuga Nature Center at night. 7 pm. No need for flashlights(?). Call for availability.

The Downtown Ithaca Winter Festival opens with the monthly First Friday Gallery Night and a wine tasting event at the Finger Lakes Wine Center and continues to December 11.


Saturday December 3

COE Gear Sale. 9-12. Bartels Hall, Cornell campus. Find used gear from the COE and individuals (consignment) and also new apparel and shoes from the FLRTC on discount at this annual event. Arrive early for the best selection.

Snowshoe clinic with Bob Dion at the Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company. 12-2. Free. Learn about this growing winter sport from a national champion and snowshoe maker.


Sunday December 4

The indoor track season for the Finger Lakes Runners Club begins at Barton Hall on Cornell campus this Sunday with the December track meet. Registration is free for members and only $3 for adults and $1 for students who are non-members. Arrive between 8:15 and 9:15 to register (arrive early to avoid the last-minute line!). The events are 5000 m, 60 m, 200 m, 1 mi, and 4 x 400 m relay. Everyone is welcome!

Hike the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve with Cayuga Trails Club and the Sunday Hikers (informal group). Meet at 9:30 am at the preserve parking lot. RSVP in case of last minute changes. The preserve is one of the protected lands of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. For more information and directions to the preserve, visit this page.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FLRTC Happenings

The local Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company sent out its event-packed newsletter recently. You can find it at this link. Coming up this Saturday, December 3:

9am-12pm The COE Outdoor Gear Sale is sponsored by the FLRTC. While the sale is mostly of used gear, the FLRTC will have brand new shoes and apparel for sale at discount prices.

12-2pm Snowshoe Primer with Bob Dion. Learn about this growing winter sport from a national champion and snowshoe maker. The event is currently subject to change. We'll update if there's a cancellation notice.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday November 24

Finger Lakes Runners Club Turkey Trot Prediction Run, Ithaca High School, run starts at 9 am. Arrive before 8:30 to register -- FREE, but a can of food donation is requested for Loaves & Fishes. This is a prediction run! No watches allowed, closest predictions are rewarded with pies. Course map. Arrive early to browse through the past Turkey Trot "honor rolls."

Cortland YMCA Turkey Trot 5k, starting at the Y at 9 am. Race day registration fee $20. Runners are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army food pantry. Route map.



Sunday November 27

Hike in Monkey Run Natural Area (map). Join Cayuga Trails Club and the Sunday Hikers for a hike in this Cornell-owned natural area located to east of the campus. Much of the Cayuga Trail (marked with orange blazes), as well as the "pink trails," run through this preserve. The Cayuga Trail on the north side of Fall Creek takes you past some stunning views from high above. Meet at 9:30 am at the intersection of Hanshaw Rd. and Lower Creed Rd. RSVP to the contact person on the event page for last-minute change notification.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Weekend events

Regular hunting season begins this Saturday Nov. 19 and extends until Dec. 11. If you are going onto hunting land (including state forests), please make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing.


Saturday November 19

Meet at the Lab of Ornithology , 7 am, for a birdwatching field trip.

Run/walk 5k in the inaugural On a Mission Turkey Trot to benefit Lansing Youth Mission. Register/check-in before 8:45 am, race-day registration $20. Race starts at 9 am. Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing NY.

Have you checked out the Ithaca Freeskool yet? Free classes taught by members of the community. This Saturday, you can learn about African dance and beats (Moving your body 9:30 am) and belly dancing (2 pm). See class description for location.

Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles Open Shop day (recurs every Saturday) 12 - 4 pm, also listed under Ithaca Freeskool. Fix your bike with the assistance of shop mechanics and proper tools.


Sunday November 20

The Cayuga Trails Club will join the Sunday Hikers, an informal group that gathers weekly, on a hike in upper Buttermilk Falls State Park. Please RSVP if you intend to participate, in case of last minute notifications. Meet at 9:30 am, Upper Pavilion at Buttermilk State Park off of W. King Rd.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Climbing competition and gear sale

Two Cornell Outdoor Education events:

(1) Lindseth Climbing Competition
November 20th, 2011
Lindseth Climbing Wall – Bartels Hall

An event for novices and advanced climbers alike. Join us for new boulder problems, fantastic prizes, raffles to local restaurants, and fun with friends. Children are welcome! All proceeds (all of it!) go to supporting OURS & YOURS--a youth outreach program that supports local under-served children with mentoring and field trips.

Registration starts at 12:30pm, Competition at 1:00pm, Prizes and Raffles at 4:00pm.

$20 for adults to compete, $15 for Cornell students, $10 for children under 12. Climbing shoes are available for rental for $5.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Please send any questions to:
Dan Birman
(Competition Organizer)
dgb72 --at-- cornell -.- edu


(2) Gear Sale!
December 3, 9 am - noon, Bartels Hall, Cornell University
. New and used outdoor gear from the COE and the community. Drop off your gear through the week to sell on consignment.