Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Loren's Memorial Bench
Loren’s Memorial bench overlooks Lake Talquin. The lake, known for its great fishing, is a resevoir located on the Ochlockonee River between Leon County and Gadsen County in North Florida, near Quincy, just west of Tallahassee. It was home to Loren.
Loren loved nature, the environment, all of Florida’s state parks. He hiked and explored most all of them. He worked on trail maintenance, conservation, and other projects for many of them, with the Florida Trail Association, the Sierra Club, St. Marks, and other nature preserves and parks. He loved nothing better than walking in nature, and I loved walking with him.
Howard Pardue, who was instrumental in getting the memorial bench and is active with the Florida Trail Association, said Loren loved this area. It sounds like a nature lover's dream of rolling hills, pine forests, and bald eagles, osprey and other fantastic birds. Loren felt at one with nature and the goddess in these places. May his spirit, my beloved brother’s soul, rest in peace.