Bernie Harberts is a filmmaker, author, husband, adventurer and subject of an Emmy Award-winning TV program. He is also a speaker and filmed, edited and produced the Lost Sea Expedition, the award-winning documentary about traveling from Canada to Mexico with his mule Polly.
Bernie has sailed alone around the world, traveled twice across America by mule, pedaled a ten-dollar bike around Tasmania, walked across Newfoundland with a mule, and sailed a wood ketch from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island, off Antarctica. Most recently, he spent six months riding two mules from North Carolina to Idaho.
When he’s not adventuring by boat, mule or foot, Bernie and his wife Julia call western Carolina home. He’s written about his journeys for twenty years at RiverEarth.com.
Bernie grew up in North Carolina and went to NC State University. He spent four months riding a mule across North Carolina and shared these stories with thousands of people as a North Carolina Humanities “Road Scholar”. PBS North Carolina and Our State Magazine joined Bernie and his mule Polly for a wagon ride through eastern North Carolina. That episode, “Mule Rider”, won an Emmy Award.
Taking the Spirit of Carolina Adventure Nationwide
For the Lost Sea Expedition series, Bernie traveled fourteen months across America in a wagon. Just as he did in North Carolina, he explored things that are particular to an area. This time around, it was horse breakers, Lakota elders, sod hut dwellers, ghost towns and a vanished sea that caught his eye.
He filmed the whole voyage himself, a first-ever for a cross-country wagon voyage. That footage became the award-winning Lost Sea Expedition documentary. The 4-part series premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS.
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