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Monday December 10, 2018

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Ursula Daniel in 2015 when she returned to Switzerland, home of her birth (Elfenau Park photo, Bern Switzerland)

My aunt, Ursula Daniel, died after a long illness Sunday, December 9, in Bern, Switzerland. My brother Christian Harberts and I were with her for the past week.
This closes a long chapter of our lives. We can remember anew our aunt as the unique, passionate, loving person that she was. Her life history is remarkable, spanning revolution, river boat travel and social work.
She had joys, regrets and a few quirks, too.

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Friday December 7, 2018

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The 2018 Winnie Award (EQUUS Film Festival photo).

Man walks across America with mule. Man makes movie. Movie goes to New York City and….wins shiny gold trophy.

Yeeehaawww!

Okay. Sorry. I got a little emotional there. While I’m at it, I’ve got a hankering to plant mule Polly an apple tree. Say what?

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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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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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