Breaking in My New Trailbreaks

Got a pair of the new Crocs Trailbreaks earlier this month.  A couple of weeks ago we went to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park and I decided it was a good time to break in my Trailbreaks. Enjoy some scenes from our hike.

Found this bit of history about Devil’s Millhopper on the park website.

Devil’s Millhopper gets its unique name from its funnel-like shape. During the 1880’s, farmers used to grind grain in gristmills. On the top of the mill was a funnel-shaped container called a “hopper” that held the grain as it was fed into the grinder. Because fossilized bones and teeth from early life forms have been found at the bottom of the sink, legend has it that the millhopper was used to feed bodies to the devil. Hence, Devil’s Millhopper.

Florida sits upon a foundation of limestone rock. Although this stone is very hard, it can be easily dissolved by weak acid. Rainwater becomes a weak carbonic acid thru contact with carbon dioxide in the air. As it soaks into the ground, passing through the dead plant material on the surface, the acid becomes even stronger. When this acidic water reaches the limestone layer, small cavities form as the rock is slowly dissolved away. A large cavern is formed as this process continues over a long period of time. Eventually the ceiling of the cavern becomes so thin that it cannot support the weight of the earth above it. When the ceiling collapses, a sink is formed.

The sinkhole is 120 feet deep and 500 feet across. A one-half mile nature trail follows the rim, and there is a 236-step stairway to the bottom of the sink. The state purchased this site in 1974, and the stairs were completed in 1976. Until that time, access in the area was limited.

Ready to start our hike.
Ready to start our hike.

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The Big Guy having fun. Isn't he cute?

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Steps leading to the sink hole. It seems even longer and higher on the way back up.

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The Big Guy and I are on our way back up from the sink hole. No, I haven't grown just standing on a highers step.
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Back home again from our morning adventure. My new Trailbreaks are framed by The Big Guy's Crocs. In case your wondering his are a size 15 or 4X in Beaches.

6 comments

  1. Wow, Dee! Seems like an awesome place to be! I’m glad you liked it, ah I really wish I could spare some time to get out and enjoy the nature. There’s so much out there that we take for granted.

    PS. Cute picture of the two of you 🙂

  2. Love the pics and learning about the sinkhole. What a great way to break in your Trailbreaks! Thanks for sharing. Makes my hot apartment seem cooler looking at the trees. : )

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