This Emmy award-winning series focuses on desert regions around the world and presents stories about the people, cultures, plants, animals and geological features encountered on travel adventures in deserts near and far away. David Yetman hosts.
The Lost Palm Weavers of Sonora #1404
Join the search for the descendants of Opata palm weavers and explore the surviving tradition.
- KET2 Tuesday, April 15 at 4:30 pm EDT
Monumental Dunes #1405
Visit groups of sand dunes in the United States and explore their structure, patterns, and wildlife.
- KET2 Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 pm EDT
Tracks in the Shifting Sand #1406
Explore one of the largest dune fields in North America at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
- KET2 Tuesday, April 29 at 4:30 pm EDT
Sea to Sky: Along an Incan Road #1407
Examine the ruins and remains of pre-Incan cultures and get a bird's-eye view of the Nazca lines.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 6 at 4:30 pm EDT
Peru's Canyon of the Condor #1408
Travel through Colca Canyon and explore the history and ritualistic significance of Andean Condors.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 13 at 4:30 pm EDT
Desolation Canyon River Journey #1409
Take a trip down the Green River and explore the prehistoric creatures buried along its banks in Dinosaur National Monument, as well as Desolation Canyon.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 20 at 4:30 pm EDT
Living Traditions of the Tohono O'Odham #1410
The Tohono O'Odham ("Desert People") live on the second-largest reservation in the United States, located southwest of Tucson, AZ, and in the region of Mexico that borders the reservation. Concerned tribal members who are knowledgeable in traditional ways are taking an active part in passing down practices of saguaro fruit harvesting and basket weaving to their children and grandchildren.
- KET2 Tuesday, May 27 at 4:30 pm EDT
Origins of a Royal Road #1411
El Camino Real (The Royal Road) served as a trade route among the Puebloan peoples hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans. Later, it became the tattered thread that connected the Spanish strongholds in southern Mexico to the tiny, distant settlements of Nuevo (New) Mexico. This historic route of communication, conquest, and gold runs from Mexico City through the Chihuahuan Desert to the mountains of Santa Fe, NM.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 3 at 4:30 pm EDT
Royal Road Across the Frontier #1412
The journey along El Camino Real continues to the traditional hot springs of Aguas Calientes, which gave ancient travelers a brief respite from the dry, dusty roads. The springs no longer exist, but the town still marks the frontier where the dry, dangerous desert begins. Stops in the desert include the mining town of Zacatecas, where today's travelers can ride deep into the bowels of the mines or high above them in a cable car; the agricultural, commercial, and tourist center of Durango, founded as a mining town in 1563; and the towns of Mapami and Valle de Allende.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 10 at 4:30 pm EDT
Royal Road to the Final Outpost #1413
Stops along the final third of the historic Camino Real de Tierra Adentro include Hildago del Parral and its monument to Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa; Santa Barbara; El Paso del Norte, where the route crosses the border into the U.S.; Chamizal National Memorial, a tribute to the importance of the Rio Grande in Mexican and U.S. history; Doña Ana, one of the first permanent settlements north of the river; and Jornada del Muerto (Dead Man's Journey), a dry, flat stretch that left ancient travelers disconnected from any source of water for nine days.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 17 at 4:30 pm EDT
Goat Packing in the Red Desert #1501
Natural historian and eccentric scientist John Mionczynski (aka "Mr. Red Desert") takes David on a trek through the high and cold Red Desert of southwest Wyoming with goats as pack animals. While exploring sites like the Honeycomb Buttes, they get to know their four-legged companions and experience adventures like searching for wild cilantro, onion, and garlic in the desert and using the excretion from ants as salad dressing.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30 pm EDT
Wyoming's Red Desert #1502
David hops into a 50-year-old BMW motorcycle sidecar to explore Wyoming's vast and mysterious Red Desert. Also called the "Great American Desert," this eight-million-acre area includes the largest active sand dune system in North America and the only place in the United States where the Continental Divide splits before rejoining. It is also steeped in history and fable, with ties to the Oregon Trail and the gold rush, and is home to the largest desert elk herd in the nation as well as more than 350 other wildlife species. But all of it exists under the constant threat of future oil and gas development.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 1 at 4:30 pm EDT
Heart of a Pueblo #1503
Architect Bob Vint takes David on a tour of variations on the central plaza—the heart and soul of busy Mexican cities and sleepy desert pueblos alike—ranging from a pre-Hispanic example in the ancient city of Chichen Itza to the large and bustling plaza in Mexico City. Then, in the small town of Potscurro, they discover how courtyards are to the home as plazas are to the town.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Gateway to the Galápagos #1504
An Ecuadorian village with a monument to the equator serves as a jumping-off point for a visit to the islands of Bartolome and Genovese to explore their volcanic origins and native wildlife. The islands are home to several species of boobies, the waved albatross, marine iguanas, Galápagos hawks, frigate birds, and a version of the prickly pear cactus with soft, "pettable" spines.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 15 at 4:30 pm EDT
Treasures of the Galápagos #1505
As David continues his Galápagos adventure, he encounters cacti, flamingos in the middle of a huge lava lake, ghost crabs (so named for their quick disappearing act), a variety of endemic plant species, and sea turtle nests. He also finds a unique "post office" on the island of Floreana: a wooden container used for centuries by pirates and whalers, who would leave or take mail depending on its destination.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Ancient Secrets of the Galápagos #1506
The tour of the Galápagos ends with a visit to some of the "newer" islands—only a few hundred thousand years old. The interesting creatures on and around them include marine iguanas, the only iguanas known to swim in salt water; the flightless cormorant, a bird that uses its stubby wings to swim rather than fly; and penguins. On Isabela Island, the crew visits the saltwater Darwin's Lake to study flower color and pollination.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Life Along the Rio Sonora #1507
The Rio Sonora begins at a spring just south of the U.S. border, then cuts its way through the Sonoran Desert to the Gulf of California near Kino Bay. Its modest flow supported the Opata Indians, who were living along its banks when the Spaniards arrived. Although they have long since disappeared, their lyrical names for many of the towns remain.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Bats Among Us #1508
Montezuma Castle, a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling, served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians more than 600 years ago. Now it serves the same purpose for a colony of bats. Research at the Castle as well as at Tonto National Monument and Chiricahua National Monument is exploring the impacts of bat colonies on cultural landmarks and on surrounding humans.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Grand Canyon: The Human Touch #1509
David's brother, geologist Dick Yetman, joins him for an exploration of the traces of humans along the Colorado River. They observe sacred salt mines from a boat, visit the intersection of the Little Colorado River with the main river, enjoy an impromptu Grand Canyon concert, learn how some notorious rapids got their names, and spend time with scientists studying the effects of the Glen Canyon Dam on local flora and fauna.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Grand Canyon: Floating Through Time #1510
Continuing their trip through the Grand Canyon, the Yetman brothers plunge through Lava Falls, leap from the edge of a waterfall into a pool below, and explore two great mysteries about the canyon: What happened during the "missing" period of geological history that is unaccounted for in the canyon, and what happened to all the material that was eroded out to form this monstrous hole?
- KET2 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Pilgrimage to a Party #1511
The Fiesta de San Francisco at the church in Magdalena de Kino in Sonora annually transforms this sleepy town. Among the tens of thousands of visitors are the faithful, who make the pilgrimage to honor a favorite saint in the hope that he will transform their lives; the semi-faithful; and out-and-out revelers just looking for one of the biggest parties in northwestern Mexico.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Wines of the Desert #1512
Mexico's Baja California is known for tequila and cerveza, but the region's burgeoning wine industry may someday give these traditional beverages stiff competition. Historian Bill Beezley, acting head of the University of Arizona Latin American studies department, gives David a tour of the region's vineyards, from very large growers and producers to wine co-ops where anyone can join in the fun.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
Boom and Bust in a Desert Town #1513
The small town of Quartzsite, AZ, located just 20 miles east of the Colorado River, has been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. The former stagecoach town plays host to more than a million visitors each year—many of them in January and February, when thousands of vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils converge to create one of the world's largest open-air flea markets.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT
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