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…
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.
It’s funny how folks can turn invisible. Take a big project, say building a house, a career or a TV series. Once the ridge cap is nailed down, the big promotion won or the TV series aired, well, it’s like all the folks that pulled together aren’t seen anymore. We don’t want that to happen with the Lost Sea Expedition TV series. Drop by the newly-added Series Credits page to get an idea of all the folks, communities and organizations that have pitched in to get us where we are. Or browse the the names of all the folks who made a donation to the series.
We love getting hand written letters and sketches here at Lost Sea Expedition headquarters. We super-enjoy the pictures we get from young artists like Emma.
This week, I drove 2 hours to show mule Polly, the mule I took on the Lost Sea Expedition, some artwork sent in by a brother and sister. Here’s how that went. (more…)
The talk about the Lost Sea Expedition series has been presented from Canada to South Dakota to Kansas to Texas. The latest one was waayyyy closer to home. Big howdy and thanks to the 60-plus folks that came out for the latest Lost Sea Expedition program. Hosted by the Friends of the Caldwell County Library, it was a great chance for folks to learn more about the voyage behind the Public TV series.
Thanks, too, to all the folks (muchas gracias Keith, Mary, Ronnie and all the others) that followed up with an online donation. You can see more photos from the voyage and event by clicking through. (more…)
What’s life like on the road with a mule? Could you cross the country in a 21-square foot wagon? November 19th is your chance to find out.
Come join me for the “Lost Sea Expedition” program. Think of it as 393 days on the road with a mule distilled in to a free one-hour program.
Where: Caldwell County Public Library, 120 Hospital Ave NW, Lenoir, NC 28645
When: 10a, November 19 / Meeting Room # 6
The Lost Sea Expedition wagon will be on display and open for tours. Could you fit inside the crazy-narrow rig? Come on over and find out. (more…)
So I’m traveling along this ancient sea bed with my mule Polly. And I’m gathering up all these amazing interviews – folks telling me what they know about this vanished sea. Only one thing was missing.
What did these critters look like? Sure, I heard that a plesiosaur looked, “like a snake drawn through the shell of a turtle.” But what the hell does that look like? (more…)