Mule Polly visits Rocky Mountain PBS headquarters

It reminded me of George Clinton’s P Funk Mothership.  This week mule Polly and I visited the Rocky Mountain PBS headquarters in Denver, Colorado.   Producer Julie Speer invited me to bring Polly right in the studio back door (that’s the funky Mothership connection) Thanks for the studio tour Julie. It was a blast visiting with you guys even if it was a looooong way from the open plains and vistas covered in the Lost Sea Expedition series!

Rocky Mountain PBS logo.
The 4-part “Lost Sea Expedition” will premier on Rocky Mountain PBS later this year.

Pat’s Palm

Mule Pollh visits the Bohemian Foundaton in Ft Collins, CO.
The Bohemian Foundation’s headquarters in Fort Collins, CO. Polly and I visited the Foundation to meet founder Pat Stryker. Look really closely and you can spot three things that appear later in this story: an admirer, a “Motorcycle Parking Only” sign and….a palm tree.

Ah the perils of fundraising with a mule…. Continue reading “Pat’s Palm”

Mule Walking Tour of Fort Collins, CO

Mule Polly at radar.
5 miles per hour in a 30 zone: It’s not that we’re slow, it’s that everyone is going too fast. How mule Polly and I justify going 25 miles per less than the posted speed limit heading in to Fort Collins, CO.

Today mule Polly visited downtown Fort Collins, CO. We’re in town raising funds to get the Lost Sea Expedition series  aired on Rocky Mountain PBS. First off, a huge thank you to Kate Mabie, Nancy Lee, Sandy Walker and Dennis Vanderheiden for their donations.  Those gifts will go toward having the series closed-captioned ($2,500) as per Public Broadcast requirements. Now let’s look at some pictures from today! Continue reading “Mule Walking Tour of Fort Collins, CO”

About the Lost Sea Expedition

What’s it like to spend 394 days crossing the Great Plains – from Canada to Mexico – in a 21-square foot, solar powered, one mule wagon?

Hi. I’m film maker Bernie Harberts. The Lost Sea Expedition Public TV series is about my 14 month wagon voyage across America. The series has been selected to premier on Rocky Mountain PBS.  It addresses the important issues of our time about water, automation and the depopulation of the Great Plains.  There’s plenty of adventure, too, like exploring a vanished sea  with a mule and how (not) to move a rattlesnake with a buggy whip. Here’s more about the series.

Want to help out?  Be bold. Hit that yellow “Donate” button. We’ll help you take care of the rest.



Welcome to the Wagon Work Week

Bernie's office.
Monday greetings from my office – the Lost Sea Expedition mule wagon.

It’s Monday in Ft Collins. I’m in my office. Like everyone else at work, it’s gonna be 8 hours of phoning, emailing and chasing highest priorities (I use the Franklin/Covey system).  Only difference is my office is 21 square feet, solar powered and pulled by a mule. Yep, I’m working out of the Lost Sea Expedition mule wagon.   Here’s what’s up this week. Continue reading “Welcome to the Wagon Work Week”

Mule Polly at the Taste of Fort Collins Food Fest

Mule Polly hangs with her new Fort Collins buds. They are Cody, Gabby, Joanie and Patton. Polly looks really sleepy after all the granola (thanks Nancy!) head rubs and organic apples she enjoyed.  Happy birthday Gabby!

Talk about a great Colorado welcome. Mule Polly and I toured uptown Fort Collins today….just in time to catch the Taste of Fort Collins festival.  Great big thanks to the dozens of folks that welcomed Polly and me to town. Guys I was bowled over by your generosity from granola and books (the Wisdom of Donkeys – thanks Nancy) to organic apples and a bratwurst dinner (thanks Cache La Poudre Feeds!).

A special shout out to Gabby, Mark, Alison and Justin who made contributions to the Lost Sea Expedition series.  We’ve added your name to the Contributors Page. Hey, want to help us finish the series so it can air on Rocky Mountain PBS?  Heck, just hit that yellow Donate button below! Thanks.


Fort Collins Arrival

Mule Polly on a canal near the Cache La Poudre river outside Ft Collins, CO. She looks great after her 1600 mile trailer ride out from North Carolina

Mule Polly and I have arrived in Fort Collins, CO! After 6 days on the road in with our trailer, Polly and I are taking a break for a few days just north of town near the Cache La Poudre river (“cache the powder” (as in gun powder) in french). We’ll spend a few days getting our bearings before we start meeting with potential Lost Sea Expedition series underwriters. Rocky Mountain PBS has signed on to air the 4-part series about our 14 month wagon voyage across America.

Steving Meats and Chestnut Hill Thanks

Mule Polly tied for the night
Boondocking. Mule Polly picketed for the night on the banks of a drained Colorado impoundment.  I spent the next night with some fine folks in Kersey, a few hours’ drive up the road.

Quick shout-out to Jay and Karin Archer (Steving Meats Co) and the Chestnut family of Chestnut Hill farm of Kersey, CO.  I was passing through Kersey with my truck and trailer and mule Polly. The hour was getting late. These fine folks hooked Polly and me up with a place to stay. This was a classic case of just stopping on the side of the road and asking where a man and his mule could spend the night. No smart phone pre-planning involved. Thanks for the 23 eggs guys. I’m down to 18!