Monday, June 9, 2014

Our Visit to Devil Millhopper Geological State Park

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Devil Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil Millhopper is a giant sinkhole located in Gainesville, FL.  The sinkhole is 120 feet deep and 500 feet across.  There are 232 wooden steps to take you down into the sinkhole, which we did.  No problem.  On the way back up, I had to ask Nadia to stop for a few, while my heart stopped pounding so hard.  All, while I watched a senior citizen walk up and down the stairs doing laps without a problem.  Mental Note: I must exercise more.

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When you first enter onto the trail, you have a choice of going to the sinkhole or to take a nature trail around the rim.

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How did the park get its name, Devil Millhopper?  Well, since there were a lot of fossilized bone and teeth from ancient life forms found in the bottom of the sink, this was said to be the millhopper that fed bodies to the Devil.* (excerpt from the park brochure)

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Shells of marine animals have been found in the lower areas of the sinkhole, suggesting that it was covered by the ocean at one time!

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As you travel down the steps, you will hear some little waterfalls.

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Here is what the bottom looks like.

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Time to climb back up.

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This was a nice little walk.  Remember to bring bug spray and some water.  There are guided walks every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.  You can check out more about the park here

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