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The Bull 'n Lime story with Trent Loos
March 16, 2009

Last week, I spoke of what I’ve come to refer as the Bull ‘n Lime incident. That’s were a bull chased me onto my wagon pursuing Polly’s last flake of alfalfa hay.


The Bull ‘n Lime Incident
Russel Gap, New Mexico

Here to explain how hay, whiskey and limes almost brought the Lost Sea Expedition to an early close is Trent Loos. Trent is the host of the daily “Loos Tales” radio program. For the past 2 years, we’ve been doing interviews about the Lost Sea Expedition. I’ll be running installments in the coming weeks. Let’s start with the Bull ‘n Lime incident. Just click on the audio player below.

Posted Monday March 16, 2009 by Bernie
Guadeloupe Thoughts
March 3, 2009

In recent days, mule Polly and I have crossed the Guadeloupes, the range of hills that divides Artesia, New Mexico from Fort Hancock, Texas, our final Lost Sea Expedition destination. Unlike cars, which travel the gravel route in 3 hours, Polly and I took some time to look back on the trip we’re completing. We stretched the 110 miles to 12 days.


The Guadeloupes

From Artesia, New Mexico, the route climbs 2,500 feet to Russell Gap. Here, in the mile-high Chihuahua desert, we entered the lonely realm of winter wind and choya cactus. This is the land of 7 inches of rain. This is the land where, as the mailman in nearby Hope puts it, “the wind blows so hard, it’ll blow a post hole out of the ground”.


Choya cactus

While not extracting cactus spines from Polly’s muzzle and legs, I did some reminiscing on our Canada to Mexico voyage.


Man and mule reflect


Stages of desert life

Field recording notes: I made the following recording in the Lost Sea wagon while parked on a jagged ridge under Russell Gap. If you listen carefully, even though I’m sitting inside the wagon, you’ll hear the desert wind whistling between my words.

For some voyaging and vegetation thoughts, click on the audio player below.

Posted Tuesday March 3, 2009 by Bernie
Into the Guadaloupe Moutains
March 3, 2009
Posted Tuesday March 3, 2009 by Bernie


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