What did you have for breakfast? If you took care of a dinosaur, would you have the same breakfast as a retired lady bronc rider? Continue reading “Breakfast Sound Check”
“Polly’s tied up in the wind to a road sign that says “Pinon Creek Rd” – a road that leads from dust to more wind.”
That’s how the letter started. I posted it from a gravel truck crossing Crow Flats instead of the post office. Here’s a letter to the outside world from the Lost Sea Expedition wagon. Continue reading “Letter from the Lost Sea Expedition”
“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.
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.
One of the main reasons it took 14 months to travel across my mule Polly is that I relied on word of mouth – not technology – to find my way from Canada to Mexico.
I didn’t have a smartphone, GPS, wifi connection, digital maps or sat phone. Instead, I wanted to interact with people. That’s how I ended up on the receiving end of a sketch map and the giving end of three jars of honey.
Funny how a man and his mule can set out to find something – say a Creationist – and run in to something completely different – like a magnificent painter of album covers.
Some times, they’re the same man.
March 9 marks the anniversary of my last day on my wagon voyage across America – the journey that became the Lost Sea Expedition series.
Most nights in my wagon, I wrote in my journal. Tonight, reading back over those entries here in my cabin in Western North Carolina, those notes seems like a missive from another era. Continue reading “The Last Wagon Journal Entry”
Time lapse of mule Polly and I crossing a cattle guard in the New Mexican desert. The cattle guard is made of railroad ties spaced about 9″ apart. That means Polly’s hooves would have fallen between gaps – the reason I had to unhook her and lead her around. For a while there, she had me pulling the wagon a spell on our voyage across America. Smart mule!
(click image for Official Trailer)
Welcome. I’m film maker Bernie Harberts. This site is about the Lost Sea Expedition TV series, the documentary about my 14 month wagon voyage from Canada to Mexico. I filmed the whole voyage right out of my solar powered wagon – no sponsor, chase crew or support vehicle.
How to watch the series
Stream the series
Rocky Mountain PBS
The Lost Sea Expedition premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS in January 2018. Rebroadcast June 2018.
Happy New Year. The days are short and dark and I figured I’d toss you a critter from the Lost Sea Expedition series. This fellow is called an ammonite, a bright critter, perfect to brighten up your day a bit.
I grew up on a horse farm in North Carolina. Every Christmas Eve, my brother and I would stand on the back porch, after dark, and cock our ears toward the horse barn.
The barn was within earshot of the house. On a quiet night, you could hear the horses munching hay and moving quietly in their stalls. But that’s not what we were listing for.