Series Credits

The Lost Sea Expedition is the story of a solo mule wagon voyage across America. Because mule Polly and I (Bernie Harberts) traveled alone, without a film crew or chase vehicle,  it took a lot of 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 I forgot to hook Polly’s traces chains too…) then drop us a line.

Bernie's boot used a tripod.
Some things you can improvise, even do alone, like filming. For other things, like weaving that footage into a great TV series….? Well, that takes lots of help from other people.
Fiscal Sponsorship Provided by The International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Provided by The International Documentary Association

On-camera Credits

In appearance:

Mule Polly

Nola and Perry Stratton

JD Stratton

Doug Smith

Tama Smith

Diane “The Skunk Lady” Turko

Ardis Stedman,

Tony Adams

Neal Larson

Pete Larson

Ben Rhodd

Twilla Merrill

George McKillip

Mike Everhart

Barbara Shelton

Chuck Bonner

Dan Epp

Loren Ditmer

Duane Ackley

Janice Red Willow

Charles Howard

Joe Taylor

Production and Post Production

Filmed, directed and edited by Bernie Harberts

Produced by Julia Carpenter

For Rocky Mountain PBS:

Julie Speer: Sr. Executive Producer & Director

Mark Montour-Larson: E.P. Multimedia Marketing

Technical Consulting: Will and Deni McIntyre / Will and Deni Media, Inc /

Narrative Consulting: Kelly Tyler-Lewis

Color Timing: Deni McIntyre

Illustrations: Charlie Frye / Frye Art Studio /

Post Audio Production: Chris Frye

Web Design: Christian Harberts

Accounting: Norris, Stewart & Ralston, P.A.

Fiscal Sponsorship Provided by The International Documentary Association

Thanks to:

Art and Lislott Harberts

Ursula Daniel

Ronald and Linda Hudson: for selling me Polly and caring for her after the voyage

Melinda Penkava and Keith Smith

Tim Larson: for filming Polly on the run in the Black Hills

Mel Wyatt and Beth Clarke: for letting me build a wagon in their garage

Full thanks at


Karen Cantor – “Snowflake Bucking” –

Catherine French – “Jockey Bernie” –

Sue Smithson – “Bernie, mule Woody and pony Maggie”

Solomon Butcher –  Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain /”Solomon Butcher”, “Chrisman Sisters”, “Mitchell Sod House”, “Rawding Family Sod House” from “History of Custer County, Nebraska” Butcher, Solomon (1919)

Theme Music

 Pierre Gerwig Langer – “Bonebreaker” –

Filming Locations and Assistance


Radville, Saskatchewan – Ray and Jeannette Galarneau, Jeannette Verhelst, Scott McCleod, Zennie Hoffert. Sandra, Fred and Bryce Howells

Neptune, Saskatchewan

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



Waugh Ranch

North Dakota

Beach – Skip Beach, Bijou Theater, Emanuel Culman

Sentinel Butte – Robert and Delores Olson

South Dakota

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

Hurley Butte


Minor Ranch


Seneca – Sandy and Eugene Hansen


Litchfield – Trent and Kelli Loos


Hays – Sternberg Institute,


Logan County

Russel Springs – Larry Haverfield


Walsh – Derril and Duane Ackley




Crosbyton – Mount Blanco Fossil Museum – Joe Taylor

Brownfield – Bill Larue,

Happy – Kyle Odom

Dell City – James Klingberg

Floydada – Nathan and Connie Johnson
Tony and Pamela St James / KFLP – FM

Hudspeth Flats

Fort Hancock

Tokio – Michael Joe Christesson, Manuel Tantu

New Mexico

Lovington – Joyce Galewood

Maljamar – Albert Ozborne




Black Hills Institute, Hill City, SD

Sternberg Museum, Hays, KS

Mt Blanco Fossil Museum, Crosbyton, TX

The Long Riders Guild –

And if you pitched in and don’t see your name here…

Oops. I was so busy filming and editing the Lost Sea Expedition that I’m sure I forgot to thank a few folks that helped me along the way.

Are you one of those folks?  Just drop me a line.  I’ll have mule Polly set the record straight.