The Hidden Beauty of Michigan

Dear Jerry,
There is a place that I absolutely love at this time of the year, and that is the apple orchard, or otherwise known as the cider mill. It is a place that everyone goes to in Michigan during the fall. Now you may be asking, “what in the world is a cider mill?” well that’s what I am going to tell you.
As you drive through the country on old dirt roads, you will see field after field of corn. One thing that I find so amazing, is how the farmers can get the rows so straight, that when you drive by, you can see down them all so perfectly. As a child I could tell that we were getting close to the Cider mill when you would slowly stop seeing houses, and before you knew it we were pulling into the parking lot where the big red apple was.
As soon as you step out of the car, it hits you, the smell that you will never forget. The smell of freshly made donuts, crisp apples, and freshly squeezed apple cider. Now that right there is one of my favorite parts of it all. Now in the fall up in Michigan it is colder, usually in the 60s, so dressing up in scarves, hoodies, and boots is so much fun.
The first thing we do when we get there is go get some donuts and cider, because you can’t possibly stand there and smell them without eating them too. I, myself get the hot cider because I get cold easy, and my favorite donut is the cinnamon sugar one. Now as you can imagine, there are quite a lot of bees around because of all the empty cups of cider in the garbage cans.
The cider mill is not only known for that though, after you have had your fill of cider and donuts, you go to the petting zoo part, where there are cows, donkeys, alpacas, goats, chickens, pigs, bunnies, and much more. That smell too is quite interesting, if you know what I mean. After you make it past them you get to my other absolutely favorite part. The corn mazes and hay stacks! The corn mazes are so much fun to play around in and if you get lost and can’t find your way back, just grab some corn and fling it high into the air, making sure not to hit yourself on it’s way back down of course, and then hopefully someone in your group will get the hint to come find you. The haystack is a giant pyramid of hay that you can climb, and as a small child making it to the top was a serious achievement, just be careful on your way back down! They also have some haunted houses but they really aren’t that scary, but as a kid, they were terrifying.
As you can tell I absolutely love it, and that was one if the sad things about moving to Florida, they don’t have them here. But that’s nothing a trip back up to Michigan can’t fix. I hope that you want to go there now, and if you do end up finding your way there, you most certainly won’t regret it.
-Maddy

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2 thoughts on “The Hidden Beauty of Michigan

  1. Pete, I’m totally envious of this experience. I don’t think I’ve ever had real hot apple cider before, but this post makes me want to try it, and eat a doughnut, and get lost in a corn maze. 🙂

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