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    • What’s it like to live where there’s ocean surrounding you?  Do you ever miss living on “the mainland?”

      Appreciate living vicariously through any pics you share of sunsets and other warm scenes while I deal with snow.

    • I don't live on an island, but I visit one often. Plum Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge from Newburyport, MA. The southern 6 miles of the island is the home of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The beach is accessible through the winter until April 1st when it closes for the piping plover nesting season. It reopens when the birds are done with it - last year that was sometime in August.

      While it's not necessarily a warm scene, here's a view of the beach from New Year's Day. Can you imagine warmth since there is no snow or ice in sight?

      I've occasionally considered whether I would be happy in Hawaii. I love visiting there, but it's too far away from family. I'm not yet convinced that island life would make me happy.

    • Unfortunately the Island of Manhattan isn't much warmer than wherever you are this time of year, but below is a really interesting vintage map from 1873 showing a bird's eye view.

    • "Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognisable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at first looks like an enormous bite taken out of its southern edge; a wall of sheer cliffs which plunge deep into the girting sea.

      Geologists assure us that this is simply an accident of geomorphology and plate tectonics, but they still call it the "Great Australian Bight" proving that not only are they covering up a more frightening theory, but they can't spell either.

      The first of the confusing things about Australia is the status of the place. Where other land masses and sovereign lands are classified as either continent, island, or country, Australia is considered all three. Typically, it is unique in this." - Adams, D.

    • Beautiful photograph and yes, in my mind it’s a balmy 75 degrees at that beach. @Denise

      Have you been to this island?

      According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Light's current keeper is Sally Snowman, who is the 70th person to hold the job and the first and only woman. Snowman lives alone on site, wears period clothing, and foregoes internet, cable TV, and Starbucks, which basically means her job is totally safe since no one born after 1969 would ever dream of working in such primitive conditions.

    • I was stationed on Oahu from 1982-1986...since we were in and out of port, only until I went on shore duty for the last two years did I realize I was on an island. When I would come to the Mainland to visit, it seemed like too many people and too much traffic. (And, this was only 1984). I enjoyed the controlled isolationism that living on an island evoked. When I left Oahu to attend college in Socal, I went back a year later, and almost immediately knew I would suffer from "rock fever".

      Now living in Vegas, locals from Hawaii, call Las Vegas the 9th island. Hahahaha...mostly because of a large migrated family population...but, when the big earthquake comes and severs Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon and California, Las Vegas won't be an island but we will probably have beach properties and with some amazing waves produced by the underwater shoals of the late-California. hahahahahahah

    • I'm not sure. Years ago I took a sea kayak to an island with a lighthouse on the outer edge of Boston Harbor - it was either Graves Island or Little Brewster. Maybe that memory will pop back...

    • It's funny, I really dislike the casinos but I have flown into Las Vegas (and sometimes stayed there too) to visit the wonderful sights near there. I love Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park, and it's a good jumping off point for Zion and Death Valley.

    • Yea, I tell friends coming into town....call me after you have been here two days and then either I take you outside of the strip or not. I refuse to go to the casinos if I don't have do. I tell them that if I lived down the street from Disneyland, in Anaheim.....I would never go to Disneyland either.

      This is my Las Vegas....lol