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.
A few weeks ago, a letter showed up in our (Julia and my) letter box. It contained a beautiful drawing by young artist Benjamin Forbes of Arkansas. It was of a great blue heron, spear-shaped beak ready to skewer some unfortunate water critter. I love these birds. We have one behind our cabin that lands in the willow tree when we scare it up out of the creek on our morning walks. It lands with a mighty croak, like it’s saying “Ark!” Just watches us.
Tucked in to the letter, next to Benjamin’s picture, was a very generous gift toward the Lost Sea Expedition TV series. Thanks Craig and Kristin!
Then, this week, another, handwritten letter in the letter box. Julia and I took it to the cabin. We admired it all afternoon. We do love our letters.
Then, that evening, we opened it.
Out tumbled a beautiful pencil sketch. It was of a mule, charming as Polly, staring out over a barn door. Fantastic!
Then another flash of paper and I gasped. Emma, Craig and Kristin’s daughter, had sent in a generous-by-any-measure donation to the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.
I was so moved, I vowed the next day I would take Benjamin and Emma’s pictures on the road. Just to show Polly.
My mule Polly, who I did the Lost Sea Expedition with, lives in Asheboro, North Carolina, about two hours from Western North Carolina, where we live. She lives with my buddy Ronald Hudson. Every now and then, I swing by for a few days and trim Ronald’s mules’ hooves. It’s a great time catch up with old friends, man and critter.
I figured I’d take a few photos of Polly with Benjamin and Emma’s photos. A few more of my wagon that I sleep in while I’m on the road. Give Emma and Benjamin a glimpse in to my day to day life.
So here you go Emma and Benjamin. I’m nothing near the artist you guys are but I still figured you’d enjoy seeing where your photos went this week. Call it Bernie’s Great Hoof Trimming Adventure
Thanks again, Emma, Benjamin, Kristin and Craig, for your generous gifts. Your painting and sketch will live in the cabin and your donation will live on for others to enjoy on Public Television.
For readers who’d like to contribute, we’d love what ever you can offer. Here’s the link to our giving page.
Hey, you can even write us the old fashion way – you know, with stamps. Send us pictures, sketches. Whatever. We’d love to hear from you!