Ray Carroll steers "Pogo," his antique swampbuggy, as Dino Barone jumps down for a photo. The Friends of Fakahatchee invited guests for the chance to see some of this natural treasure seldom glimpsed by the public. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Waking up in the Fakahatchee Strand takes some doing, but is well worth the effort. In the early morning, the stillness in the preserve, with all the sounds of civilization left behind, acts as a tonic for the soul. But getting there takes some help.
Most people don’t know beans about the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. For those who have experienced the nature preserve 30 miles east of Naples, what they know is the boardwalk that gives visitors a quick peek back into the swamp.