About the Lost Sea Expedition TV Series

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.

Bernie and his muile Polly in the New Mexican desert. The film footage of their voyage became the basis of the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.

Hi. I’m Bernie Harberts and this is my mule Polly. We traveled and filmed our way across American in our wagon. That footage is now being turned in to the Lost Sea Expedition TV series. (Hope, NM)

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The 2,500 mile route we took across America. The voyage lasted 14 months, covered 10 states and spanned 4 seasons.

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.

The Lost Sea Wagon parked on Hurley Butte, South Dakota.

The Lost Sea Expedition TV series lets you absorb some of the remotest parts of America, like Hurley Butte, South Dakota.

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…



Bernie, Adventure and Mules

Bernie and Mule Polly.

Me, Bernie Harberts, on an adventure with my mule Polly. (Floydada, TX)

Hi. I’m Bernie Harberts, author and film maker. I’ve sailed alone around the world, traveled across America by mule (twice), pedaled a ten dollar bike around Tasmania and walked across Newfoundland with a mule. Most recently, I sailed a wood ketch from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island, off Antarctica. From there, we sailed 3 weeks across the iceberg laced Southern Ocean to South Africa.

When I’m not adventuring by boat, mule or foot, home is an oak cabin in western Carolina.

Bernie's sailboat Sea Bird becalmed at sea.

Sometimes home is far out to sea.  This is my old sailboat Sea Bird. I bought her for the price of a used pickup and worked, wrote and sailed my way around the world aboard here. Here, we’re becalmed in the South Atlantic doldrums.  I rowed out in my dinghy to make that photo. No, I didn’t anchor (too deep). I just took down the sails and hoped the weather stayed calm!

Bernie's cabin in Western North Carolina.

When I’m not afloat, in a saddle or rolling in a wagon, home is this cabin in Western North Carolina. Life is good when your lawn is a hay field. The rows are fresh-cut hay.

I grew up in North Carolina and went to NC State University. On a saddle mule, I traveled 4 months across the Tar Heel State, capturing glimpses few have slowed to document. With a mule and wagon, I have logged hundreds of miles more. UNC-TV and Our State Magazine joined my mule Polly and me for one of these trips. That episode, “Mule Rider”, won an Emmy award for the South East region. For years, I’ve documented my journeys at my travel site RiverEarth.com.

Taking the Spirit of Carolina Adventure Nationwide

Now I’m extending that spirit of North Carolina to America’s back roads. For the Lost Sea Expedition series, I traveled 14 months across America in a wagon. Just as I did in North Carolina, I explored things that are particular to an area. This time around, it was horse breakers, Lakota elders, sod hut dwellers, ghost towns and a vanished sea that caught my eye.

I filmed the whole voyage myself – a first ever for a cross-country wagon voyage.

Bernie Harberts and his wagon leaving his farm.

Let’s go! My cabin is situated close to some great wagon riding country.  Here some buddies and I are heading out on a wagon ramble. The wagon in the front is the one I explored New Foundland with. Behind me, in his old field wagon, is Ronald Hudson. I bought my mule Polly from him. He’s become one of my all-time best wagon riding buddies.

Got some travelin’ thoughts to share – or ideas on where I should journey next?  Get in contact!

Please make a gift to complete the Lost Sea Expedition TV series. Thanks!