KATY, TX --
A mother and daughter returned home to Katy this weekend after their trip-of-a-lifetime nearly ended in tragedy.
The goal was a mother-daughter bonding adventure for Nancy Allen and 18-year old Sara, who is ready to go to college at the University of Texas-San Antonio in a few weeks.
"We just wanted to do something we'd never done before," Sara said.
Well, they certainly did.
They were thrilled when they reached the summit of Mount St. Helens in Washington on Wednesday, but that victory was short-lived when Nancy took a terrible fall.
"I was just thinking about the fact that she could be really hurt to the point she had a concussion or something," Sara said.
Scraped and sore, Nancy was having a difficult time continuing. Daylight was ending, ice was forming and hypothermia was setting in.
"I got service [on a cell phone], and all of a sudden it slipped out of her hand and down the snow," Nancy said.
After some trouble, they were able to call for help. As minutes seemed like hours, Nancy gave her daughter a heart-shaped rock.