( wild orchids we spotted along a trail in Oahu, Hawaii )
On the mainland you can go to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown. Free admission. The park is about a two-hour drive west of Miami and is located just west of Copeland on State Route 29.
Swamp walks: Offered on the first, second and third Saturdays of the month from November through April, depending on water levels. Adults, $40; children under 12, $15. Groups are usually limited to 12 persons. Tours meet in front of the park office at 9:45 a.m. Details at (239) 695-2860.
Tips: Swamp walks last about four hours. Wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants, and prepare to walk through knee-high water or deeper. Though the walks are held in Florida’s cooler dry season, prepare for sun, humid conditions and insect bites. Carry bottled water and snacks and any valuables, including cameras, in plastic bags to protect them if they’re dropped into the water. ”
Remember: “Leave only footprints, take only photos”