home

Wednesday September 19, 2018

The man hunched over the plastic container on the road caught my eye. We’d seen all sorts of sight on our mule ramble. So far, though, nobody shuffling through the damp leaves on the shoulder looking for, what the hell….? Meet Chris, worm seeker.

................

Wednesday September 19, 2018

bernie harberts Julia carpenter trail ride Eustace Conway turtle island audio recording mule horse
Our route to date. We started our ramble at our front gate.

Three weeks ago we started our mule ramble. We rode out the farm gate with our three mules and headed in to North Carolina’s High County. Ten days later, Hurricane Florence chased us off the road. Julia just posted the mule ramble equivalent of the “half time report” on her Saddle Under the Stars blog. It’s a great read on our adventure to date. It’s about dealing with the cards you’ve been dealt and how we didn’t knock out the famous mountain man Eustace Conway. Read all about it here.

................

Wednesday September 19, 2018

bernie harberts julia caprenter riverearth.com horse camp tent night sky photo mule trail ride horse camping leatherwood moutains
Our tent. This is where we made the recording below.

Eustace Conway: mountain man from “Mountain Men”. Here’s a Sunday evening story about how Julia and I try to track him down on our mule ramble.
It’s night. We’re stretched out in our pitch black tent (see pic above). We’re recording our musings. Crank up the volume. Kick back and chill.
(Post Script: this recording was made last week. We’re holed up right now at our cabin waiting for hurricane Florence to blow herself out.)

You can listen in right here.

................

Tuesday September 18, 2018

bernie harberts julia caprenter riverearth.com horse camp tent night sky photo mule trail ride horse camping leatherwood moutains
Drivers beware…(Todd, NC)

Traveling up the road with mules gives you plenty of time to ponder road signs. It also give you plenty of time to ponder your sanity. This would be a good time to have an extra dose of humor and self worth at hand.

................

Sunday September 16, 2018

It’s a rainy Sunday. We’re taking a short break from the mule ramble to wait out Hurricane Florence. We’re sorting photos, editing footage and reflecting on some of the interesting people we met during our amble through the western North Carolina hills.
One of the memorable people we’re thinking back on is Dave Demour. Dave’s an amazing stone artist, ex-monk, singer song writer and resiedent of Todd, NC. We could tell you more about Dave but this video sums up Dave’s talent and energy better than we can describe in words. Enjoy. This should really put a smile on your face.

................

Thursday September 13, 2018

bernie harberts julia caprenter riverearth.com horse camp tent night sky photo mule trail ride horse camping leatherwood moutains
Camp #2: Leatherwood Mountains (Darby, NC)

Stressing about Hurricane Florence? Julia has posted a photo of each of our camps during our mule ramble. Just looking at them will calm you down. They’re on Julia’s blog Saddle Under the Stars. We’re holed up waiting for the storm to pass. We’ll resume the ramble as soon as the weather settles.

................

Thursday September 13, 2018

bernie harberts julia caprenter missy kincaid photo mule trail ride horse camping
Mules Polly, Brick and Dusty enjoying a late summer snack – chestnuts from the tree off our front porch (Lenoir, NC)

Shelter from the storm: this camp looks familiar because it’s….home. Home as in where we live. Big thanks to Sam Coffey for helping us get here. The critters’ well-being comes first. They’ll be fine here. Mule Polly, Brick and Dusty are preparing for Hurricane Florence by eating as many chestnuts as possible. We’ll be back on the road as soon the rains subside. With all the rain forecast we’re thinking of all our coastal and low lying friends. Keep well. Bernie and the critters.

................






site by TownDock.net