Running with the Devil

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1g2yf9robzYxHf5rWFzQ8ZewWFShQrqdIwEmkwSnqYY,ReU5pqEwvF2JeTqnDiVYfdKEdkhSohuxSimcc8yWMMQDevil’s Millhopper is a sinkhole that has become part of the Florida State Park system.  I have a pass that gets me in all the parks, but I forgot to bring it so I had to pay the $4 fee.  Yep, I’m a little out of practice at this whole adventuring thing lately.

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Every time I come here, it’s a little different.  Many of the trees have lost all their leaves at this point, creating a misty screen around the sinkhole.

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There was a lake at the bottom, where usually there is a stream, and all the little waterfalls around the hole were streaming into the pond.

qyCBqHnr7JTJoVssnRF0807ZuTuxIw4FR4Imrsg3jXM,5Yr7INwCkal37AfS4YFlAv88VRkaI1_N5MBzzD3nnec Although this winter has been less green than it often is around here, down in the Devil’s Millhopper, it is still green with ferns and mosses that grow on the exposed limestone.

QU-vvkdUAZa9-8eUiCehYe5FDM4zGAckI0idThQtElcComing down the stairs is fairly easy, but going back up them can be daunting, especially with lungs inflamed from a recent cold.




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