Alison Travels Across the USA in her Teardrop travel blog


Arkansas River

Me n mags by the river

me n Robyn

View from Robyn's House

Robyn's Mother and Step-Father

Robyn and Tom


Maggie and new scarf

View from house in morning

On the road again

Me and maggs on road

Insect Museum

Bronco Stadium...for you Dave!

Yesterday I made a connection with someone important in my life. My Step-Mother, Robyn. We lost touch about 6 years ago over something stupid. From what I can recall, she lectured me on getting married and having a child because “the time is now.” If I didn’t do it then, I would never have a chance to have a family. She didn’t want me to make the same mistake she made (not having a child). To me, it wasn’t what I wanted. I was frustrated on the pressure to have a family. Over time, we stopped talking. I was stubborn.

On February 8th, 2007, Robyn was driving along a windy road at 9:30am to a dentist appointment. The day was beautiful, no traffic, not a cloud in the sky. For some reason, she blacked out while driving. She veered into the opposite lane right before a cliff drop of 500 feet into the Arkansas River. Instead of dropping to her death, another car came across the mountain and hit her head on. Both were driving SUV’s. Robyn had severe injuries, but the 61 year old man in the other vehicle, died. He was survived by a wife and four daughters.

Up until last week, Robyn was wheelchair bound…left to think about what had happened. Why did it happen? Why did she survive? Why was that the only car on the road? She lives in a small town. People talk. People judge. She believes that things happen for a reason. What is the reason for this? Why did this gentle, loving, family man have to sacrifice his life? Why didn’t she just fall to her death? I couldn’t imagine living life knowing that I killed an innocent man, but this is exactly what she is doing. It will be something she will have to live with for the rest of her life.

I know I am on this journey to discover myself in a way I haven’t before. I am learning and realizing things that I didn’t prepare for. It’s good. It’s amazing. I am thankful for reaching out..Reconnecting with the ones I love.

I do think that things happen for a reason. However, we may not realize it for months, even years.

Re-connect with the ones you love. The people you think of often, but have lost contact with. It may be the best decision you’ve ever made.

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