About the Lost Sea Expedition

What’s it like to spend 14 months 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 is my Rocky Mountain PBS series about my 14 month wagon voyage across America.  I filmed the whole voyage right out of my wagon – no sponsor, chase crew or support vehicle.  Climb aboard. Let’s go see America!

A few ways to watch the series:

Amazon (FREE with Prime)

Vimeo on Demand

Rocky Mountain PBS (air times and dates are here)

Buy the DVD!

The Lost Sea Expedition 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.

“Have you lost your damn mind?” The Illustrations Behind the Lost Sea Expedition

Turtle Island: the Lakota origin story as painted by Charlie Frye. From the Lost Sea Expedition Series (Charlie Frye illustration)

“Bernie…..have you lost your DAMN mind?” That’s what folk artist Charlie Frye said when I asked him to paint 30 paintings for the Lost Sea Expedition the series about my 14 month wagon mule voyage across America.

Charlie with some of the 30-plus paintings he created for the Lost Sea Expedition series on Rocky Mountain PBS, Amazon and Vimeo.
Charlie with some of the 30-plus paintings he created for the Lost Sea Expedition series on Rocky Mountain PBS, Amazon and Vimeo.

But I know Charlie’s about more than roosters, rusty trucks and bootleggers.  Then Charlie started painting. Here’s more on how Charlie went from painting owls to dead fish.

 

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”

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.

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…).

French Fan Sketch

Mule Polly on the Lost Sea Expedition as sketched by Olivier Lamusse. Olivier lives in Paris, France. He’s a traveler and film maker after my own heart. You can learn more about Olivier, including his pencil sketches, kayak voyage and music, right here. (Olivier Lamusse illustration)

We’re working like bee-stung mules getting the Lost Sea Expedition ready for its January 4 Amazon Video Direct and Rocky Mountain PBS premiere.  Then, just when we needed a much-needed reminder to slow back down to a garden mule’s pace, we got this wonderful sketch from Olivier. Olivier lives on a yellow boat in Paris.

Continue reading “French Fan Sketch”

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!