Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vanagon Honeymoon Disaster

1984 Westfalia Camper after a Bighorn Mountains rollover
My local NPR news station, 90.9 WBUR Boston, recently launched what they're calling an "online experiment that celebrates the kindness in strangers and the profound impact one human can have on another." Kind World shared a story of Vanagon despair and the resulting act of stranger kindness.

Steve Brykman and his wife were enjoying a cross-country honeymoon adventure in their 1984 VW Vanagon Camper. When they reached the lovely Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming (a highlight of our own cross-country Vanagon road trip), unexpectedly snowy and icy conditions on the scenic mountain pass resulted in near disaster. Thanks to the help of a kind passerby, the Brykmans can recount their tale with enthusiasm.

May their lovely Westy rest in peace...


  1. He mentioned that he wasn't a very religious person but still called out to God and put things in His hands. I wonder as he reflects on the events that transpired... the van hit the "safe" side of the road, a fireman in training just happened to come along, the were uninjured, and a nurse gave them a ride 60 miles to pick up a rental car... if he has remembered to thank God and re-evaluate his faith journey. He didn't mention any of that as he summed things up, he just noted that people were "there." God has given him a chance for a new start. I hope he takes it.

    1. Interesting theory, Jon. Why would this all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God let the Brykman's Vanagon flip over in the first place? He must have been looking to spice up their honeymoon with this hilarious little incident. What a character, that God! Always such a prankster!

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