We had a great time filming within Sandoval County, particularly on the drive up the Jemez Trail Scenic Byway. We learned along the way just how important it is to obey the speed limits and make sure you have permission to film!
Just before entering the Jemez Pueblo, Benny Shendo, Jr., the Pueblo’s 1st Lt. Governor, stopped us as a reminder that we were about to enter the Pueblo and that no filming was permitted without permission from the Pueblo Governor. Before we knew it we were in the presence of the Governor David Toledo, 1st Lt. Governor, Benny Shendo, Jr., and 2nd Lt. Governor, Stanley Toldeo, to talk about our filming and travel adventure and to learn about the Jemez Pueblo and the great people who live there. Governor Toledo explained why photography is limited within the Pueblo and graciously gave us permission to film as a way of showing all of you what a great place Jemez Pueblo is to visit. Lots of art and pottery and the Visitors Center is a must!
As we entered Jemez Springs we had another surprise. Ace Producer, Frank Melo, who was behind the wheel, was pulled over for doing 36 miles an hour. Now we who work on Travel Guide NEW MEXICO know that Frank is the last guy to ever get caught for speeding. If anything he would be the guy to get stopped for going under the speed limit! And we should have known that to truly appreciate all there is to see in and around Jemez Springs you do need to maintain the 25 mile an hour speed limit!
On to Los Alamos, New Mexico, and after a long 14 hour day of filming the Jemez Trail Scenic Byway we decided that one last shot was in order. That shot happened to be the sign announcing “Los Alamos National Laboratory.” So, we sent junior producer/photographer, Dan Schueler out with the camera to get just the sign. Lo and behold, it wasn’t two minutes before two very heavily armed security officers had Dan in a tizzy…literally. Poor Dan didn’t know what to do. They were threatening to haul him away, confiscate the camera and take Frank and me along for the ride as well! So, after a short time of discussing our situation we were permitted to “move along” but not until we erased all images of the Lab’s sign! Then we were told that we could contact the Lab’s public relations office to get “approved” photos of the sign and other Los Alamos photos.
All in a day’s work for Dan and the rest of us at Travel Guide NEW MEXICO! Honestly, though, it was great having a chance to meet the leaders of the Jemez Pueblo and learn about their history and culture; a Sandoval County Sheriff’s Deputy (who give us some great ideas of places to stop and film); and to fully understand the security of Los Alamos National Laboratory and why security is so important there.
Perhaps down the road we’ll do an entire show on “Photographing New Mexico – The Do’s and Don’t’s!” Just another TGNM adventure!