Every year we have someone who gets lost in Fakahatchee. They are not familiar with the area and go hiking without a clue of what they will get into. Fakahatchee is one of the most inhospitable places in Florida.
Here is the latest group of lost souls in Fakahatchee: Two orchid enthusiasts saved from cold night in Fakahatchee Strand.
Other than going in the wilderness where they don't know where they are going, they have another problem. It's the fact that the ghost orchids bloom from June to August. During the buggiest time of the year. The rest of the year, the orchids are almost invisible. Other than the blooms, you won't notice the plant that has no leaves.
For orchid enthusiasts, they were certainly unprepared for the environment, and also unaware that the orchid does not bloom this time of the year. Even the orchid poachers know this.
Another thing that I found strange was that they had been out there 10 times recently. For a place that is so inhospitable and hard to slosh through, why bother? Someone must really be determined or want something to go out there that much. When I was park ranger there for the summer of 2005, I didn't even venture off the road that often.