It wasn’t all bad
Darin Barton was panhandling at his usual spot near a freeway exit in Lakewood, Colo., when a semi-truck suddenly barreled over, smashed into rush hour traffic, and burst into flames. The homeless man asked a nearby friend to call 911 and then took off running toward the blazing multicar pileup. Barton, 45, said he was able to pull three or four people from their vehicles, joining several other good Samaritans who helped with the rescue effort. “I just did what I hoped anybody would’ve done if [they were] sitting down there,” Barton said.
Meyer completes his epic park tour.
Desert landscapes, war memorials, volcanic craters—if it’s a National Park Service site, Mikah Meyer has seen it. The 33-year-old Washington, D.C., resident set out three years ago with the goal of visiting all 419 National Park sites in one continuous trip, a world first. He was inspired by his father, who died when Meyer was 19 and never got to take the road trips he’d planned for his retirement. Meyer covered 75,000 miles in his van during his epic trek, which ended last week at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. He hopes others will be inspired to go on similar journeys, saying, “I really got to know the American story.”
A 72-year-old French adventurer and former paratrooper has become the first person to cross the Atlantic in a barrel. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from the Canary Islands in December in his 10-foot reinforced-plywood vessel, which has no motor, oars, or sail and was propelled only by ocean currents. After four months at sea and having traveled 2,930 miles—during which he survived on canned food, freshly caught fish, and a block of foie gras—Savin finally reached the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius last week. It is “the end of this adventure,” he wrote on Facebook. ■