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Television adventurer returns to New Mexico

Darley Newman explores Native American culture with ranger Wayne Vigil at Nambé Pueblo. (Courtesy of Travels With Darley)

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

Darley Newman is always up for an adventure.

That’s why she hosts the series “Travels With Darley.”

In May, Newman and her small crew were in northern New Mexico filming for four days.

The result will be seen in an episode airing at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on NMPBS.

“I really like doing things outside,” Newman said during a break from filming. “The four days of footage is all for one episode. We’ve been filming to broadcast content on all platforms. It’s amazing.”

During her stop in New Mexico, Newman gave herself the challenge of mountain biking Galisteo Basin Preserve and hiking at Nambé Pueblo’s Waterfalls and Lake Recreation Area.

She also learned about New Mexico history at Pecos National Historical Park, wisdom with Kelly Wendorf at EQUUS, community spirit with the National Park Trust for Kids to Parks Day, and art by Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser.

“This episode has a wellness and Native American culture theme,” she said. “It’s important to tell these stories. That’s what I love most about the show. I think I’m going in with a story that I’m going to tell and then it switches. One example was at the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden. The stories I heard added to the piece. Sometimes you have to sit back and listen and the story comes to you.”

Newman has a long history now with New Mexico. When her show was beginning, NMPBS was one of the first stations to air it, so she feels a bond with the state and the station.

Darley Newman goes mountain biking at Galisteo Basin Preserve in May. (Courtesy of Travels With Darley)

She’s filmed two other episodes previously. In those episodes, she documented experiences including Chimayó weaving, Ten Thousand Waves and mountain biking in the Santa Fe National Forest.

“We first filmed in Santa Fe for Season 5, and I couldn’t wait to come back for our new season,” she said. “With every episode, we dive in deeper into what Santa Fe has to offer, and there’s always more and more to discover. I’m delighted to be able to share what I’m learning with viewers throughout the U.S. and the world. I’ll be sharing travel tips and lessons, including my recommendation that you train a bit before taking on a cycling adventure on Heartbreak Hill.”

With the show, Newman looks for ways to challenge herself, which she hopes will inspire viewers.

“It seems like this year, I’m taking risks and having fun,” she says. “In China, I did the highest bungee jump. In Nevada, I climbed the highest artificial climbing wall, that was 14 stories. It’s been amazing to have these experiences.”

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