Hawk Hucks, Woman Watches Movie

When the mules sull up and my pen doesn’t want to scribble I think of comments like Patty’s. They keep me going. Seems Patty was up late with her sick dog Hawk watching the Lost Sea Expedition.

Hawk hucks (Julia Carpenter sketch. Plenty more of Julia’s art and essays at ConsideringAnimals.com)

Patty writes: Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing lives with others. Love this blog and your show which I stumbled upon late at night when my dog woke me up from being sick. His name in Hawk and we are watching Bernie and Polly. I think it’s making him feel better.

The show Patty is referring to is the Lost Sea Expedition, the documentary I filmed traveling from Canada to Mexico with my mule Polly.

Thanks Patty and Hawk for your lovely comment. I hope Hawk feels better and you got some sleep!

Have a great weekend.

7 Responses to Hawk Hucks, Woman Watches Movie

  • Ah, the terrifying sound of wretching kids and pets in the darkest hours of the night… Brings back memories it took years to bury. Thanks! 😉


  • BTW – I LOVE the retching dog illustration. Couldn’t have sketched it better. Hat tip to the author 😉

  • Bernie, I loved your documentary and have so many questions! I live in Massachusetts and have had 3 experiences with rattlesnakes (one dead) in my lifetime. I shudder to think just how many YOU actually ran into during that trip.
    I learned so much, so thank you for sharing this and I have so many questions. How long did her boots last before needing to be replaced while on the trip?
    How old was Polly when you first set off and just how bored was she when you returned home? Did you walk all the way back or did you finally hire a carrier? What a sweet, loyal family member – she just adores you.
    How did you purify your drinking water? What was the most taxing leg of your journey, and what surprised you the most? Did you have GPS?
    Gosh, I have so many questions but will stop now.
    If I were a journalist I would have loved to interview you!!
    My goodness how wonderful. Again, thanks for publishing this.

    • Hi Cindy,
      Lovely hearing from you. So happy to hear you enjoyed the “Lost Sea Expedition”. Thanks especially for your Amazon review (I think #134 was yours)!
      Now a few answers to your questions.
      How long did the hoof boots last? Depending on the terrain (asphalt, gravel, grass, sand) I can get 500 – 700 miles out of a set of hoof boots. When the sole wears out, I just replace the sole. Works great. I used Easy Boots on the Lost Sea Expedition trip and Renegades on my trips since then.
      How old was Polly when we set off? 13
      How bored was she when she got home. Not a bit. After a rest, she and I traveled across New Foundland in our wagon. The fall before last (2018), she accompanied my wife Julia and I for 6 weeks on a saddle trip from North Carolina to Virginia and back.
      How did we get home? I drover her home in my old truck and trailer.
      Did we purify drinking water? No. I carried a bit of water and picked up what I needed along the way, boiling any that appeared suspect. Never had a problem. Neither did Polly.
      What was the most taxing leg?: Winter in Texas. Cold and icy. Ugggggg.
      What surprised me the most about my trip?: That I got Polly across that terrible rail road trestle. A real bonehead move on my part. What a great mule, though, for figuring it out.
      Did I have GPS? No. I prefer paper maps, patience and asking folks for directions.
      Hope this answers your questions Cindy. Again, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the Lost Sea Expedition. Comments like yours make all that effort worth it.
      I’ll be sure to give Polly and extra bit of carrot tonight at late check.
      She’s doing great!
      Happy Adventuring.

      PS: Plenty more on or current travels at RiverEarth.com

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