My name is Veronica Rambo. I am 25 years old. I was born with Spina Bifida and get around in a wheelchair. When I was in 4 th grade I went on a field trip to the Limberlost and to the Loblolly Marsh. The day that we went to the marsh it was rainy so that meant that the marsh was really muddy. I was asked if I wanted to stay on the bus or go with my classmates to explore the marsh. I told them that I wanted to go with the rest of my class. It took about five people (including my mom) to get me through the marsh because there was no trail there at the time.
About four years after that field trip I got a phone call. It was Ken Brunswick! He was calling to tell me how they made a trail and when he was thinking of what to name it, I popped into his head. Ken told me that he wanted to name it Veronica’s Trail. I was excited about this news. After I told Ken that he could name it after me, he asked if I could come down to the trail to open it. I told Ken that I would love to go open the trail. I have been through a lot in my life and to get a trail named after me was a highlight. When I was going to open the trail up a second time I was in the hospital. I was able to be there for a little bit.
I love the trail a lot. Love the sound of nature there. I try to get to the trail once a year. Every time I go there I see something different each time. Now at 25 years old, I am out of high school and I have started dialysis. Going to that trail help me get rid of what is going on in my life and become one with nature.
I thank everyone at the Friends of the Limberlost who have helped make the trail what it is today. I thank Ken Brunswick for dealing with me at the time. He and others had to carry me through the marsh. I thank you Ken Brunswick for naming the trail after me. I hope we run into each other again someday. I hope you have enjoyed my story. I hope when you go to the Loblolly Marsh that you will feel at peace and enjoy nature! Thank you everyone!