About the Lost Sea Expedition TV Series

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.

Bernie and his muile Polly in the New Mexican desert. The film footage of their voyage became the basis of the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.

Hi. I’m Bernie Harberts and this is my mule Polly. We traveled and filmed our way across American in our wagon. That footage is now being turned in to the Lost Sea Expedition TV series. (Hope, NM)

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The 2,500 mile route we took across America. The voyage lasted 14 months, covered 10 states and spanned 4 seasons.

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.

The Lost Sea Wagon parked on Hurley Butte, South Dakota.

The Lost Sea Expedition TV series lets you absorb some of the remotest parts of America, like Hurley Butte, South Dakota.

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…



Sponsor the Lost Sea TV Series


Bernie pulls his wagon across a Texas bridge.

Man I could use your help! Actual scene from the Lost Sea Expedition Series

The Lost Sea Expedition is being produced for public television. That way, I keep artistic control over the content. You, the viewer, get to join me for an American odyssey unbiased by commercial influences. Here’s the catch.

Public TV, unlike commercial programming, does not pay for content. So it’s up to the film maker, me, to raise all the money needed to create the program. That money comes from the underwriter– call them the sponsor, angel, donor, rainmaker, you.

It will cost about $120,000 to get the Lost Sea broadcast ready. By industry standards, that’s a tiny budget for a 4-part series that was filmed over 14 months.  In addition to editing costs ($60k) there are other not-so-sexy expenses that need to be met. Audio engineering (so it sounds great -$8k), close captioning (so the hearing impaired can enjoy – $500) and E&O insurance (it’s a lawsuit thing – $8k).

That’s lots of mule chow! And I’m going to raise it just the way I traveled across the United States. Here’s how.

Join the “Penny a Foot” Adventure

Map illustrating the 2,500 mile route that Bernie and mule Polly took from Canada to the Mexican border.

The 2,500 mile route across America.  I only completed the voyage because I had so much help from folks along the way.

I traveled across America one step at a time. I am raising money the same way. The trip across the USA was 2,500 miles. We need to raise $120,000. Break that down in to dollars and miles and you get about $50 per mile. Three dollars for a hundred yards. A penny a foot. Okay, you get the idea….!

This is where you can help. Can you give $50 dollars to move the project a mile up the road? That would pay for half an hour of editing and get use one step closer to our goal.

Moving up the Road

Giving is easy. Use the secure Donate button. Mail funds to the mailing address. If you have another gift in mind -like corporate underwriting or gifting in someone’s name- just drop me a line.

Hey, this is as doable as the trip was! So come on and pull some. Sponsor the series. Together we’ll travel across America in my wagon.  Your gift will have a measurable impact and we’ve got some cool premiums to thank you with. Please step along with me. Thank you.