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…
The Lost Sea Expedition is the story of a solo mule wagon voyage across America. Though Bernie and Polly traveled alone, it took many people and communities to turn the experience in to a series for Public Television. This is where we thank them. The credit list is ongoing. If you were part of the Lost Sea Expedition series and didn’t find yourself on the list (hey, some days Bernie forgot to hook Polly’s traces chains too…) then drop us a line.
In appearance: Nola and Perry Stratton, Doug Smith, Tama Smith, Neal Larson, Pete Larson, Ben Rhodd, Twilla Merril, George McKillip, Mike Everhart, Barbara Shelton, Chuck Bonner, Duane Ackley, Charles Howard and Joe Taylor
Will and Deni McIntyre / will & deni media / macfoto.com
Ronald and Linda Hudson: for selling me Polly
Mel Wyatt and Beth Clarke: for letting me build a wagon in the garage
Melinda Penkava and Keith Smith
Towndock.net – hosting
Christian Harberts – web design
Kelly Tyler-Lewis – consulting
Tim Larson: Black Hills, SD footage of Polly galloping with wagon
Charlie Frye / Frye Art Studio / Lenoir, NC / facebook.com/fryeartstudio
Bernie Harberts – US and regional maps
Karen Cantor – “Snowflake Bucking” – singingwolfdocs.org
Catherine French – “Jockey Bernie” -catherinefrench.photoshelter.com
Sue Smithson – “Bernie, mule Woody and pony Maggie”
Solomon Butcher – “Solomon Butcher”, “Chrisman Sisters”, “Mitchell Sod House”, “Rawding Family Sod House” from “History of Custer County, Nebraska” Butcher, Solomon (1919)
Radville, Saskatchewan – Ray and Jeannette Galarneau, Jeannette Verhelst, Scott McCleod, Zennie Hoffert. Sandra, Fred and Bryce Howells
Lake Alma, Saskatchewan – Allan Tytlandsvik
Plentywood – Terry Wagner,
Sunrise Drive-in Theater, Plentywood – Nola and Terry Stratton
Antelope – Ronald Ueland
Pennington Ranch – Robert Irwin, Megan Pennington, Ian Pennington, Greg Pennington, Charlie Pennington, Rhonda Pennington, Jake Pennington, Katie Jununen, Fred J Roedeske, Dave Hatter, Duff Jarrett Fitzgerald
Alzada – Stoneville Bar and Saloon
Beach – Skip Beach, Bijou Theater, Emanuel Culman
Sentinel Butte – Robert and Delores Olson
Hill City – Timothy Larson, Tim Nimmo, Kristin Donnan Standard, Ian, Grant and Kyle Standard, Jared Hudson, Bob Farrar, The Black Hills Institute
Borderlands Ranch, Hill City -Linda Kramer and Borderlands Ranch
Porcupine – Fawn White Face
Wanblee – Basil, Stephanie and Azairea Broken Rope, Stephanie Broken Rope
Belle Furche – Rick Peters
Seneca – Sandy and Eugene Hansen
Litchfield – Trent and Kelli Loos
Hays – Sternberg Institute
Russel Springs – Larry Haverfield
Walsh – Derril and Duane Ackley
Crosbyton – Mount Blanco Fossil Museum – Joe Taylor
Tokio – Michael Joe Christesson, Manuel Tantu
Brownfield – Bill Larue,
Happy – Kyle Odom
Dell City – James Klingberg
Lovington – Joyce Galewood
Maljamar – Albert Ozborne
Black Hills Institute, Hill City, SD
Sternberg Museum, Hays, KS
The Long Riders Guild – thelongridersguild.com
Pierre Gerwig Langer – “Bonebreaker” – beatsuite.com