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August 4, 2015

Chincoteague Island, Virginia Vacation

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation

Ten days at the beach flew by in just a snap of a finger. So many incredible sunsets, laughs, and good times. But I really think that the beach can leave that impression because it’s so soothing to the soul. Even better? I unplugged and left my computer at home and used my cell phone sparingly. In fact, my cell phone was at 80% battery life by the time I went to bed when it typically dies during the day! If you haven’t visited Chincoteague Island in Virginia, add it to your list. šŸ™‚ It’s a beautiful, and relaxing little beach town! See for yourself below!!!

I kicked off the vacation by camping for 4 days at the Chincoteague Island KOA. It ended up being a way better experience than the last time I camped there (three weeks prior) because it rained the entire time. And unfortunately, when it rains, the mosquitos come out since it’s a lot of marshy land. But this time, it was perfect conditions with minimal mosquitos! And I was visiting during the famous Pony Penning which is a sight to see. After camping, we stayed at a beach house with family ā€” I’m so tempted to buy a beach house after watching HGTV shows. šŸ˜‰

Chincoteague Island, Virginia Vacation Highlights

I loved running on the beach during the sunrise. šŸ™‚

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation

Group photo! with the beautiful sunset! This was the one time I brought out my camera and I’m glad we made these quick photos happen ā€¦ I’m not kidding, we did all of these photos in 10 minutes! Great job everyone!

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation Family Portraits

My heart swelled with joy taking this cousin photo on the right. After snapping quick photos of the kids, I turned around to see all of the mommies tearing up. What a sweet moment and photo of the cousins together!

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation

We ended the night by the campfire on the beach with Chinese lanterns. So cool but pretty tricky on the beach!

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation

Final evening in Chincoteague ā€¦ I’m already missing these gorgeous sunsets!

Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation
Chincoteague, VA | Beach Vacation

Some of the most amazing sunsets happen at the beach. <3 If you haven’t visited Chincoteague Island, Virginia, add it to your list (especially if you live in Virginia)!

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