Like me, Mike Forrester is one of those people who is constantly surfing the web for any mention of Mackinac Island, and when I began my Mackinac Island blog last year, I think Mike was one of the first persons to “comment” on my posts. Mike and his family live in Atlanta, GA, and he explained that he had the same passion for the island as I. Mike writes a blog about the island also (http://www.mackinacislandblog.com), and he proposed to wife Jeanine on the porch of the Grand Hotel. In the slightly over a year we’ve been communicating – through blog posts, and on Facebook and Twitter – Mike and his family and Ted and I have become good friends.
We met Mike in person for the first time last summer while he was here doing some video for one of the hotels. Ted, friends we had visiting at the time, Bear, Maddie, Mike and I sat outside at the Jockey Club for over an hour, just talking about our favorite subject – the island. Later in the summer, we had dinner with Mike, Jeanine and Siena when they were here on vacation. We stayed in touch over the winter, and Dawn, Jill and I hitched a ride from Flint, MI to Mackinac Island with Mike for Winter Festival this year in February. When the Forrester’s rented the Geary House for the month of June, we were so excited they were going to get a real taste of what being on the island for an extended amount of time was like.
Last summer, while Mike and his family were here, he hosted a “Tweet-Up” at the Pink Pony and invited anyone who loved the island and communicated through blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to attend. This year (last Friday), the event was held on the porch of the Grand Hotel, and about 20 social media friends got together to chat about Mackinac Island. I was late getting there (attended Blessing of the Animals first), missing some of the folks who left early to attend a memorial service for Dr. David Armour. But of those still there, I got to meet some folks I communicate with a lot online and can now put faces to names.
While the Forrester’s have been on the island, we’ve had dinner together, I’ve watched Siena, we’ve seen each other on the street practically every day, we’ve shared our post office box with them, and this weekend we’re invited to Siena’s birthday party. What a wonderful, sweet, sharing, and loving family these three are! We will be so sad to see them go at the end of the month, and we hope they are already planning a a return visit next summer – if one month was wonderful, two months will be fantastic!