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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Series Credits

Bernie's boot used a tripod.
The Lost Sea Expedition may not have relied on fancy film gear for those great shots but it sure took a lot of people to turn the experience in to a TV series. (Hulett, Wyoming)

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.

Emma’s Mule

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.

Mule Polly eyes her likeness.
Mule Polly eyes her likeness. The pencil sketch was recently sent to us by Emma, a young Arkansas artist. Emma’s mule won the staring contest.

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. Continue reading “Emma’s Mule”

The Lost Sea Expedition Program

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.

A few of the folks that attended the recent "Lost Sea Expedition" program.
A few of the folks that attended the recent “Lost Sea Expedition” program. The illustration on the slide screen is one of the paintings folk artist Charlie Frye painted for the 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. Continue reading “The Lost Sea Expedition Program”

Nov 19 Lost Sea Expedition Program

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.

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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. Continue reading “Nov 19 Lost Sea Expedition Program”

Have a Gnarly Halloween

Some folks I was staying with on my wagon voyage across America pulled down an old shed. This tumbled out of the wall. So THAT’S where the cat ended up…. Happy Halloween! (and if you dig mummified critter pics, have you seen this jerkyfied coyote?)

Critter mummy: this one tumbled out of a North Dakota shed wall.
Critter mummy: this one tumbled out of a North Dakota shed wall.

 

More Creatures of the Lost Sea Expedition

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.

The Prairie-eye-view of Polly taking a snack break on her voyage across America.
The Prairie-eye-view of Polly taking a snack break on her voyage across America.

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? Continue reading “More Creatures of the Lost Sea Expedition”

Meet Polly the Mule

Polly the mule eats a piece of melon
Polly the melon loving mule. She was my traveling companion on my 14 month wagon journey across America. (Black Hills, SD)

She loves melons and cheat grass but turns her muzzle up at plums. She pulled a 2000 pound wagon 2,500 miles across America. She’s the star and equine power (she considers the term “horse” power degrading) behind the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.

Meet mule Polly. Continue reading “Meet Polly the Mule”