Belle @Frankencat1 and Herman @TattleCat have purchased a home on Makinauk island and invite you to a casual dress garden pawty for cocktails…and unexpected Adventure!
Makinauk is the oldest island in the Great Lakes, formed in the shape of a turtle. If you walk the island’s perimeter, it is six-point-four miles, unless it’s October. Then it’s six-point-nine miles.
Belle and Herman’s home is located in a secluded, magical forest called Sentient Weald. As there are no cars allowed on Makinauk Island, you will have to travel on horse, bicycle or walk. So if you’re allergic to horses, be sure to take your medication, and if you’re planning to walk, wear your Reeboks.
You will need to take the ferry to the island. When you arrive, you will see a road called The Wending Way that circles the island. It will take you wherever you wish to go. All you have to do is close your eyes and think of your destination, and it will take you there.
Once you cross under the natural lime rock bridge that arches over the road, turn off The Wending Way and head inland. Look for a weathered sign that reads Applewood Orchard and turn right. Don’t be nervous about the dense forest lining the road or the sweet-peppery aroma that might make your nose itch and your feet tingle. That’s just the smell of magic.
Now…close your eyes and let your horse or your bicycle or your feet guide you the rest of the way. Feel the sun’s warmth on your face. Breathe in the brisk, fresh dampness of the surrounding pines, silver birch and maple trees. Inhale the aroma of pancakes with blueberry syrup, and butterscotch pudding. Those are the scents of the Michelmacklewaas and Jonnyjumpenacker apples growing in Herman and Belle's orchard.
When your feet come to a stop on their own, you’ll know you’ve arrived. You may open your eyes.