I found it...a white calypso orchid. I did go back to the trail that my friend was on and walked in about 1 mile. I was just about ready to turn back when my husband decided to walk up just a "little" further. Sure enough, he found 4 white calypso orchids off the trail on the left side. I was thrilled. It was a beautiful sunny day and so I got a lot of wonderful bokeh in the shot as well.
Another name for this orchid is the fairy slipper and they have been referred to as the most beautiful terrestrial orchid in North America. The flowers, which emit a distinct, pleasant, vanilla-like aroma, can range in color from rich purple, through shades of pink to white and are slightly veined.
Enjoy this beautiful flower and have a wonderful weekend...Diane