Vacation at Chincoteague VA. We stayed at a *wonderful* campground called Tom’s Cove. Our tent is my husband’s grandparents tent. They purchased it from a Sears catalogue in the ‘50s we believe. Even though the tent’s over 50 years old, it still holds up!

A Pony in the Grass at Chincoteague, Virginia

A Pony in the Grass at Chincoteague, Virginia

Photo by Rob Paine Copyright 2014

While I shot this photo at Chincoteague (Virginia) in the early spring, I think of it as almost a fall photo due to its autumn color look. (more…)

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The 10 best islands in the US

TripAdvisor just released its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the top 10 US islands.

To create this list, TripAdvisor looked at millions of traveler reviews from over the past year and created an algorithm that ranked the top islands.

Maui, Hawaii, was ranked No. 1 thanks to attractions like its Haleakala Crater, where travelers can witness breathtaking views of the entire island. But several spots in Florida also made the list, including Key West and Key Largo.

10. Mackinac Island, Michigan

9. San Juan Island, Washington

8. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

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TripAdvisor released winners for the 2015 best islands in the world as part of its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Here are the top 10 islands in the world:

1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Maui, Hawaii
3. Roatan, Honduras
4. Santorini, Greece
5. Ko Tao, Thailand
6. Madeira, Portugal
7. Bali, Indonesia
8. Mauritius, Africa
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

They also ranked the top 10 U.S. islands:

1. Maui, Hawaii
2. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
3. Kauai, Hawaii
4. Key West, Florida
5. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
6. Marco Island, Florida
7. Key Largo, Florida
8. Chincoteague Island, Virginia
9. San Juan Island, Washington
10. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Giant Viking Man in Chincoteague, Va.

Giant Viking Man in Chincoteague, Va.

Photo by Rob Paine

Chincoteague, Va., is renown for its wild ponies, it incredible array of birding opportunities and its beautiful beaches.

Would you add the giant Viking Man statue to that list?  Maybe! (Please see more text and second photo below) (more…)

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