The Lost Sea Expedition TV series is about a voyage I (Bernie Harberts) took across America with my mule. The series was filmed with only the gear I carried in my wagon – no film crew, support team or sponsor. I slowed down to explore a sped up world as only a man alone can do.
Out there in my tiny wagon, I filmed what I lived: tumbleweed gales, snow storms, the highs of Badlands Blue and the low of Prairie Fever. I lived among the people I interviewed – ranchers, Lakota elders, scientists, creationists and and every day folks.
The goal of my voyage was to capture the wandering life, explore a little known part of America, and bring the experience home to you. The Lost Sea Expedition does that. When it is complete you’ll be able to “walk” across the United States with me in 4 half-hour TV segments. Instead sound bite glimpses of county, like you get on some social media and the news, you’ll feel like you spent a year absorbing it first hand.
Still, the voyage isn’t quite done for me. I need to bring the TV series the final distance – get it paid for and on TV.
Turning the footage shot in the field in to a TV series has been a huge project. The Lost Sea Expedition is currently in production. It is being produced for public television which means I have to come up with all the money to make this happen.
This is where you can help. Please make a donation to help complete the series. Just $25 would buy half an hour of audio engineering. With your help, I’m confident we’ll raise enough money to finish this project in short order. I want you to see this series as soon as possible so let’s get going!
In the meantime, all the latest info about the voyage and TV series – from video shorts to where you can catch up with mule Polly and me – is in the Latest News section. Have you seen the one about the mummified….thing…
The warnings were dire. Heading by wagon in to the South Dakota Badlands, folks told me, “your mule will catch the bubonic plague that’s killing the prairie dogs.”
Damn. I’m thinking 14th Century Black Death and here I am walking through it with my mule.
I’ve always valued local knowledge over guide books and online expertise. Walking across the USA alongside mule Polly, I pretty much blocked out all digital media. Instead, I relied on what my eyes told me. What folks told me, face to face.
If a rancher told me there was a stock tank 2 miles down the road, chances were good, after half an hour of walking, that my mule Polly would be guzzling water from the promised source.
But bubonic plague?
I did some asking about. Turns out that, yes, the plague had been found in the prairie dog towns ahead of me. But no, chances were slim that mule Polly or me would be infected. So I just kept rolling.
And that was the lesson. In most cases, if people tell you how scary something is, it’s their fear they’re projecting, not real danger on the ground. If I’d stopped my wagon every time I was warned about bubonic plauge / strangers / mean people / wild animals I’d have never gotten across America. There would have been no Lost Sea Expedition TV series.
Turns out, when I lived among them, prairie dogs were damn cute, tumbly companions! Check out the video.
And no, Polly and I didn’t get the bubonic plague…..
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