Travel by Mule & Wagon

Join Julia and Me as we get Hitched!

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The wedding party: Mule Polly and Snookie will be witness. You’re invited, too.(TownDock.net photo)

Julia and I are getting married this weekend and you’re invited. The hitchin’ is at 11am at the Oriental Town Dock in Oriental, NC. The Town Dock has served as jumping off point for quite a few of my adventures, from sailing alone around the world to walking across America with a mule. Of course dogs and mules are welcome. ‘be great if you… Continue reading

Are You Dan from Madison?

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Dan’s postcard on our fridge. Dan wrote to tell us how much he and his family enjoyed the “Lost Sea Expedition” series. You can stream the series right here on Amazon.

Are you Dan from Madison, Wisconsin? If so, we loved your postcard! It’s always great hearing from folks that enjoy the “Lost Sea Expedition” series about my mule wagon voyage across America. Messages on a post card score bonus points on the Adventure Correspondence scale.

If you’re not… Continue reading

Lost Sea Expedition wins Winnie Award at EQUUS Film Festival

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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.

It’s just that I’m excited that the “Lost Sea Expedition”, the account of my mule voyage across America, just won a Winnie award at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City. It won for best Full Length Equestrian Film Travel Documentary.

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2018 EQUUS Film Festival Schedule

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The EQUUS Film Festival runs Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. The festival is dedicated to all things horse, mule and donkey and features movies from around the world.

2018 EQUUS Film Festival
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2018 SCHEDULE

12:00 pm
THE LOST SEA EXPEDITION (2018) USA
90:00 min / Directed by: Bernie Harberts
Trailer: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5vWlAttTaY”:
Equestrian Documentary – Full Length (over 30 minutes)
The “Lost Sea Expedition” is the 4-part series about Bernie Harberts’ 14 month wagon… Continue reading

Sought: Lodging for 3 Mules

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Mule time: out here traveling the land with our mules, shadow length, not what the clock says, is how we measure time.

Julia and I are riding our mules across the Appalachian back roads. It’s noon. The sun hangs plumb above our heads before starting its slow descent to the wooded horizon. The mules throw fat shadows, a set of stumpy shadows walking beside their real legs.
The sun slides down the other side of its daily arc, toward the… Continue reading

"The Horse" Magazine Reports on the "Lost Sea Expedition" TV Series

Polly the Mule’s Cross-County Journey: Health and Welfare Considerations
“The Horse” Magazine
Originally published Jul 8, 2018 / “The Horse” Magazine
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

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Polly’s owner planned ahead to keep her healthy and happy over their 2,500-mile, 14-month journey from Canadian to Mexican borders. / Photo: Courtesy Bernie Harberts

Some horses go on long trail rides—for several hours.

Some go on really long trail rides—for several days.

And then, there are those like Polly the mule.

Polly went on… Continue reading

Ride Out the Front Gate

The first time I ran away, I was naked except for a pair of rubber boots. I was 4 years old. It was a short run-away, to my buddy’s house. I’ve been rambling ever since, only slightly better dressed.

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A young me. Old enough to wear pants. I’m already thinking of running way with the family pony Snowflake and her foal Dominique. (Wilkes County, NC / circa 1975)

Seems a lot of other folks have the same rambling urge.

This… Continue reading

"Lost Sea Expedition" Dinner and Movie at Leatherwood Mountain August 23

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Hey, are you ready for some tacos, mountain air and mule adventure? Leatherwood Mountain is hosting a “Lost Sea Expedition” Dinner & Movie night. We’ll show the “Lost Sea Expedition” film, eat tacos and stay up late talking mules, adventure and travel. We’d love to have you.
When: August 23 / 6 pm
Where: Leatherwood Mountains (Ferguson, NC)
Contact: 336 973 5044
Sure would be great to see you! Please share with your friends that might enjoy this. Full details at LeatherwoodMountains.com

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A letter from the Lost Sea Expedition Wagon

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A letter for you, straight from the Lost Sea Expedition wagon (Otero County, NM)

Polly’s tied up in the wind to a road sign that says “Pinon Creek Rd” – a road that leads from dust to more wind.

That’s how the letter started.

Traveling from Canada to Mexico with my wagon for the Lost Sea Expedition TV series, I kept in touch with friends largely through letters – occasionally a phone call. Toward the end of my voyage, crossing… Continue reading

Three Lanterns

A good kerosene lantern makes you wish the power would stay off a few more lamp lit meals. A bad one makes you choke and hope like hell the power company gets the lights back on as soon as possible. The truth lies somewhere between the romance and the smoke.

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Wagon life with a kerosene lantern on a good evening. From UNC-TV’s “Mule Rider” program about one of my wagon trips through eastern North Carolina. You can view the… Continue reading
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