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.
The thing about hats and the Great Plains and mule wagon travel is that anywhere a man and his mule ramble, they’re sure to find great head gear. That’s because the Great Plains is exposed to wind and rain and cold and heat with nary a forest or big city to break the weather as it roars its way from Canada to Mexico. When it gets bored, the weather just roars the other way.
Sure, if you live there, you could choose to spend your time inside. But the goal of my wagon journey was to meet the folks that lived on the ancient sea bed, the remnants of the Western Interior Seaway that once stretched from the Dakotas west to the Rockies. I wanted to listen to their stories. Film their lives. Record their thoughts and hopes and fears and weave that material in to a beautiful TV series.
I found two things.
One, the folks that live in these areas are hardy folks. They spend lots of time outdoors and, as a result, have remarkable faces and hats – creased, folded, sun scorched and bent.
Two, I don’t have as much hair as I used to have. If I wanted to keep from boiling, frying, freezing or dehydrating my brain, I needed to buffer it from the heavens with a whacking good lid.
Here are a few more hats from my 2,500 mile wagon voyage across America.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go put on my Fund Raiser’s hat. Of course I’m going to hit you up for 20 bucks!
Seriously, if you’d like to help finish the Lost Sea Expedition, just hit that Donate button. Our production deadline is October 16, 2017. That’s when the completed series gets turned in to Rocky Mountain PBS. We still need to cover the significant costs of audio engineering, color correction and insurance.
Don’t worry. We’ll be sure everyone who’s chipped in gets to check out the final result, regardless of where you live.