Skip’s Honey Map

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.

Bernie and Polly take a break on the road
Bernie: “Which way is it to Mexico, Polly?” Polly: “Just keep walking……” Outside Beach, ND

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.

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The Last Wagon Journal Entry

Bernie's Optimus Ranger 8R stove in the Texas desert.
The last night on the road. The flame in the foreground is the Optimus Ranger 8R gasoline stove. I used the the ancient, $35 stove, to cook almost all my meals on the entire Canada to Mexico journey.  The tripod used to to film the Lost Sea Expedition is next to water jug I used to carry water in to the desert. Look closely behind the wagon and you can spot a bale of alfalfa hay. The water jug and hay make an appearance later that night in my journal. (Sierra Blanca, Texas)

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 Cattle Guard Crossing

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!

About the Lost Sea Expedition

(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

Rocky Mountain PBS

The Lost Sea Expedition premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS in January 2018. Rebroadcast June 2018.

Buy the DVD

$14.95 (shipping just $3.95 to any US location)




Stream the series

Amazon (FREE with Prime)

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More about the series

Want to learn more about what it’s like to spend 14 months crossing the Great Plains – from Canada to Mexico – in a 21-square foot, solar powered, one mule wagon? Or how ( or how not) to move a rattlesnake with a buggy whip?  Here’s more about the series.

Christmas Eve and the Animals are Talking

One the stables mule Polly slept in on her wagon voyage across America. It belonged to Ed Minor who lived in the Sandhills of Nebraska.
One the stables mule Polly slept in on her wagon voyage across America. It belonged to Ed Minor who lived in the Sandhills of Nebraska.  It reminds me of a Christmas Eve story from my youth.

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.

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Meet the Lost Sea Expedition Crew

Meet the faces behind the Lost Sea Expedition series (Will and Deni McIntyre, Charlie Frye, Christian Harberts and Kirk Gillon photos)

 

Mule Polly and I traveled alone across America filming the Lost Sea Expedition series. But turning that footage in to a Rocky Mountain PBS series? Well, that took an Emmy award winning, paint slinging, web hosting team of producer, consultants, illustrator, audio engineer and web guys. Meet Julia, Will, Deni, Charlie, Chris, Christian and Keith.

 

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 those of you who smile and think, “hey, I love what you’re doing with the Lost Sea Expedition and want to chip in a few bucks.”   Here’s how you can do that. Just hit that yellow button and we’ll take care of the rest.


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