About the Lost Sea Expedition

What’s it like to spend 394 days crossing the Great Plains – from Canada to Mexico – in a 21-square foot, solar powered, one mule wagon?

Hi. I’m film maker Bernie Harberts. The Lost Sea Expedition Public TV series is about my 14 month wagon voyage across America.  I filmed the whole voyage right out of my wagon. The series has been selected to premier on Rocky Mountain PBS.  It addresses the important issues of our time about water, automation and the depopulation of the Great Plains.  There’s plenty of adventure, too, like exploring a vanished sea  with a mule and how (not) to move a rattlesnake with a buggy whip. Here’s more about the series.

Want to help out?  Be bold. Hit that yellow “Donate” button. We’ll help you take care of the rest.

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Thanks.

Behind the Premiere Party

You know it’s a great party when you get to bring your dog, mule and wagon…and don’t have time to take photos. Here, I’m signing a book for David while avoiding stepping on Snookie’s tail. (Wendy Hamil photo)

You know it’s a good party when the film maker (me) leaves the movie’s premier party without any photos. Thanks party hosts Will and Deni McIntyre and Wendy Hamil for the the Lost Sea Expedition premiere party pics! Plenty more snaps and the story right here. Continue reading “Behind the Premiere Party”

Lost Sea Expedition premiere party

Raise a toast to the Lost Sea! Julia Carpenter (red shirt) introduces me (guy in the hat in front of the projection screen) moments before we premiered the series at the Lost Sea Expedition release party. (Deni McIntrye photo)

Cheers! A Lost Sea-sized thank you to Will and Deni McIntyre for hosting the Lost Sea Expedition premiere party this weekend at their studio/home/farm in Hendersonville, NC. PBS producers Will and Deni have been with me from step one (choosing movie cameras) to this latest round of decisions (Pabst Blue Ribbon or Chardonnay?). The Lost Sea Expedition premiers this January on Rocky Mountain PBS (Colorado). You’ll be able to check it out on DVD and online shortly after.

Donation Alert

MIssing some cash? This might be a clue…

Missing some cash? The Lost Sea Expedition fundraiser has gone viral among dogs and they’ve been making unusually large number of cash donations. Please advise your pooch that what he/she heard about mule Polly sending them a premium (aka, mule apple, grass pie, manure) is purely rumor.

Okay, I’m kidding! But we sure appreciate everyone who’s helping us finish the fundraiser strong.   You – and your pet – can still make a donation right here. Or just hit that yellow button.

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Pets everywhere will thank you. Plus we’ll hook you up with a link to stream the series after it debuts.

Down the Hatch

Mososaur in Sternberg Museum.
You’d have to travel back in time millions years to get swallowed by a mosasaur on the Great Plains.. That doesn’t keep me from wondering what that would be like.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be swallowed by a sea monster? Yeah, that’s the stuff I wondered about as mule Polly and I walked day after week after month across the Great Plains on the Lost Sea Expedition.

Here’s an entry straight from my wagon travel log. Continue reading “Down the Hatch”

Thanks June

Mule Polly thank you note on her nose.
Mule Polly takes on the greeting card industry, one sheet of printer paper and tape at a time…

Hey June, here’s your Thank You note straight from mule Polly’s lips….er, muzzle! Your donation paid for a minute of audio engineering on the TV series. Try as we might, there are just some things we can’t make right with duct tape (and that’s a good thing…).

Last Push to the Finish Line

Cheer the Lost Sea Expedition the final distance to its Public Television premier.

Like it helps a marathon runner nearing the finish line, your cheers in the form of any support would be so encouraging. Our submission deadline is October 16.

Please donate here.

You’ll be part of the voyage and we’ll give you a 30-day pass to watch the 4-part Lost Sea Expedition series online after its premier.  We’ll let you know when it’s available to stream.

We’re extending this offer to all our supporters who have already donated. Your support has really kept us going the distance.  Here’s how $50 drew a line across America.

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Thanks!

 

 

 

The Lost Sea Expedition in Hungary

Lovas Nemzet – “Equestrian Nation” – covers Hungarian things equine from riding, driving and racing to horse care and, in this issue, the Lost Sea Exepedition TV series.

Let’s pull the cork on that bottle of Hungarian Tokaji aszu you’ve been hoarding.  This morning  CuChullaine O’Reilly of The Long Riders’ Guild informs me his article on the Lost Sea Expedition has been published in the Hungarian equestrian magazine Lovas Nemzet. This brings back stormy memories of my youth, Hungary, wine and my mom.

Continue reading “The Lost Sea Expedition in Hungary”

Hurricanes and Deadlines

Mule Polly and her chainsaw
Mule Polly: hauled a wagon across America and, this week, a chainsaw up a mountain. In our barn. (western North Carolina)

Hurricanes and production deadlines don’t mix. We’ve been busy here at LostSeaExpediton.com headquarters wrapping up the series for Rocky Mountain PBS. So when we heard Hurricane Irma had taken sights on our western North Carolina property,  closed captioning gave way to cutting water bars. Yes, even mule Polly pitched in carrying a chain saw up the mountain. We got lucky.  We escaped major damage from Hurricane Irma. Polly’s gone back to grazing. I’m back final edits.

You – or someone your know – on Rocky Mountain PBS

Bernie holds a sign in front of his wagon.
If I had to do the closed captioning for the Lost Sea Expedition series, it might look like this. Ugggghhh. That’s where underwriters (aka sponsors, supporters, donors, fans of the Lost Sea Expedition, folks like you)  step in. Their dollars help pay for things that someone else can do better than I ….like provide real closed captions as required by Public TV.

You know how Ralph Lauren and Viking River Cruises underwrite Downton Abbey? In exchange, they get to put their message on Public TV every time Downton Abbey airs. Well, here’s a chance for you – or a company, foundation or organization you know – to get an on screen mention on Rocky Mountain PBS (Colorado) as a Lost Sea Expedition underwriter. You’d be helping the series out and in exchange, your message would get in front of all those high quality Rocky Mountain PBS viewers. We’re talking lots of high quality exposure for less than the price of one of those Ralph Lauren ball gowns. Okay, a LOT less…

Continue reading “You – or someone your know – on Rocky Mountain PBS”

The Hats They Wore

This is not me wearing my Fund Raiser cap. This is Shy Hurst of the Texas High Plains. He’s wearing one of the memorable hats I encountered on the Lost Sea Expedition.

I’ve been awfully quiet online these past weeks. That’s because the big push is on to get the Lost Sea Expedition TV series turned in to to Rocky Mountain PBS.  These days, I’ve traded in my Mule Skinner hat for my Audio Engineer, Colorist, Animal Handler and Insurance Agent hats. Okay, I don’t have an Insurance Agent hat. But that figure of speech sure brings back memories of some of the great hats I found  folks wearing out there on the dusty Lost Sea. Here’s a look at a few of them. Continue reading “The Hats They Wore”