Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Devil's Millhopper

The Devil's Millhopper is a large sinkhole near the city limit of Gainesville, Florida, that is now a Florida State Park.

Way back before it was a state park it was a favorite playground for Gainesville's kids; I went there several times, including once as a Cub Scout. There used to be a walking trail down to the bottom, and a couple of shallow caves here and there. Back then the walls of the sinkhole were bare from kids playing (there were some rope swings) and you could see the entire sinkhole, wall to wall. Now, with access to the bottom restricted to the "official" trail, it's a leafy green rain forest:

Back in those days of the late 1960's/early 1970's when Evel Knievel was active as a daredevil motorcycle jumper, we had our own daredevil (reputedly; it may have been a rumor started by my wiseass sister) named Eebus Kneebus, who supposedly jumped the Devil's millhopper on his Schwinn bike. Well, if he didn't, it would have been nice if he had.

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