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Thursday October 18, 2018

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We’ve had ‘em stormed on, bolted on and rolled on. The 3 brands of hoof boots we tested.

What are your thoughts on hoof boots? On Julia’s and my recent mule ramble we rode from our farm in North Carolina to Virginia… and back. We were on the road a month. Instead of using steel shoes, our mules wore hoof boots. We used those suckers hard. We repaired them. We cussed them. We praised them. We photographed the bejesus out of them in all conditions: from muck and mud and highways to a hurricane’s approach. Then we wrote up a report. Here it is.

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Monday October 15, 2018

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The EQUUS Film Festival is Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY

New York City, here we come. Exciting news today that the “Lost Sea Expedition”, the public TV series about mule Polly and my wagon voyage across America, has been selected in to the 2018 EQUUS Film Festival.The Festival describes itself as the “home to the storytellers of the horse world …(and) is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors”.


Mule Polly, who featured in the series, has just returned from a month-long trip walking from North Carolina to Virginia. We’ll make sure she doesn’t think she now has to walk to Gotham (though we probably could entice here there if we referred to it as the Big Apple). Well done mule Polly!


The “Lost Sea Expedition” trailer

Can’t catch the Big City screening? No worries, you can: – stream the series right here on Amazon or Vimeo.
- buy the DVD in the RiverEarth.com General Store

Plenty more about the wagon voyage behind the film at LostSeaExpedition.com.

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Sunday October 7, 2018

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Day 30-plus-something. We left in summer, we got back in fall. Julia and I end our voyage the same place we started it, off our front porch.

We’re home! After riding our mules out our front gate August 31, tonight, October 7, we rode back in through that very same gate. A wonderful journey has come to and end. The good news is we’ve got a pack-mule’s worth of photos and stories to share. Thanks Missy for making our cookie and mule water dream come true in the last 5 miles of the voyage. Julia will be sharing her views on the voyage at her blog Saddle Under the Stars. And now, it’s time for a shower and a beard trim…

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Day 1: Julie and I moments before we swung in to the saddle to begin our mule ramble. We are traveling with (L-R) Dusty, Polly and Brick. I’m clean shaven…
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Sunday September 30, 2018

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Where’s the needle in this picture? In my beard, my hat or my bandana? If you’re a mule rambler, you better carry one. (Damascus, VA)

A needle, a hat and a boot. How are they connected? If your boot blows out you take off your hat. How the hell does that work? Here’s what you need to know about mule ramble stitching.

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Friday September 28, 2018

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Back on the road (Damascus, VA).

The skies are clearing. The mules’ hooves are drying (they get sore when walking too long in wet hoof boots). We had a wonderful 4-day stay in Damscus with Mike and Cindy Johnson. Thanks for putting us up guys! Now it’s time to move on. From here, we plan to follow the Iron Mountain Trail to Grayson Highlands. Let the mule meander continue. Plenty more posts when we get another shot at wi-fi. If you’d like to get Julia’s take on this mule meander, be sure to visit her blog Saddle Under the Stars.

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Thursday September 27, 2018

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Julia working on her relationship with mule Dusty. He’s actually a lovable hard working mule…just has some quirks. She borrowed him from our good friend Ronald Hudson for this trip.

Some days words capture our mule ramble best. Other days it’s photos. Today’s the later. Julia captures the mule ramble mood on her Saddle Under the Stars blog. Some beautiful scenery and mule interaction is just a click away.

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Wednesday September 26, 2018

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The tent tonight. For us, this is luxury lodging: we’re set up inside a cow barn.(Damascus, VA)
Goodnight from our tent. It’s been a rainy day for mule travel. Julia and I are holed up waiting dryer weather. We’re here in Mike Johnson’s cow barn (Damascus, VA) cozy and dry, grateful for all the fine folks that have taken care of us during our mule ramble. Here are a few more pics of what it’s like inside our tent tonight. Enjoy. Sleep tight. Bernie ................






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