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Fakahatchee Strand Camp Out

Rose Flynn is togged out for expeditioning. 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

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Rose Flynn is togged out for expeditioning. 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

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  • 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
  • Rose Flynn wades through the slough. 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
  • Ray Carroll relaxes in front of the campfire. 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
  • Ray Carroll contemplates the way as he guides the group.
  • The group gathers around the campfire at night.
  • Ray Carroll leads in Pogo, followed by ranger Kneisley in the Polaris. 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
  • A gator suns himself along the pathway.
  • Jeff Kneisley, right, and Tom Maish clear fallen trees out of the path.
  • Jane's Scenic Drive stretches into the preserve, in this view from atop the firetower.
  • Rose Flynn is togged out for expeditioning. 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
  • Tay Carroll points out native bromeliads. 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.

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