Simploring 2022 (13) Golden Hair

Sunday, June 26th, I went on a simploring tour again. I picked Golden Hair from the SL Destination guide.

Golden Hair is a very well detailed nature sim with a broad range of happy animals. The homestead, rated general, is created and owned by Bruiser Best (BruiserBest). Golden Hair is a perfect place to take pictures, be it to create art, to simply enjoy the quietness and the beauty, be it to get some inspiration what to build yourself or be it to retreat and wind down.

Golden Hair – a sim of the woods and animals for people to take photos and make art

As usual I zommed out first to get an overview. There was no need for mkaing an orientation map. The island is small but full of lovely scenes and full of inhabitants.

Impressions of Golden Hair (1)

The landing is in a cave right next to a polar bear. This polar bear and a capricon standing on a rock off the coast are the only pure fantasy elements or oddities you find at Golden Hair. The nature is just amazing and really well done.

Impressions of Golden Hair (2)

Everything looks peaceful and is peaceful. You find all sorts of fauna and flora, small and large animals, cats and frogs, birds and insects, raccons and boars ….

Impressions of Golden Hair (3)

…. horses and cows, wolfs, chickens, rabbits, seagulls, doves, sheeps, goats and many many more. So many motifs!

Diomita at Golden Hair

Golden Hair is almost too perfect. I enjoyed my visit a lot, it was the perfect Sunday morning fun. And it is a place to keep in mind for taking lovely pictures.
Thank you Bruiser Best (BruiserBest) for creating Golden Hair and in particular for sharing your place with the public!

Landmark to Golden Hair
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mordor/120/164/22
Flickr for Golden Hair
https://www.flickr.com/groups/golden_hair/

Simploring 2022 (12) Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco

After my visit to Frogmore Summer 2022 & Finnygook Cove (read here) I had a nice chat with Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington), who designed and landscaped Frogmore. I have come across sims, that were designed by Dandy, quite often, just search the blog for “Terry Fotherington”. Dandy is quite active and renowned for his sim designs.

Dandy asked me if I saw his own sim already: Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco. I had not and I went there right the next day.

Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco: bird-eye view / orientation map / at the landing point

Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDecois a small french village where you can relax by the sea and listen to the best second life Djs in BarDeco“. This landmark description fits very well.
Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco is built on a parcel with a capacity slightly above that of a homestead. It is a showpiece of what can be built even with limited prims.

I started my visit at the BarDeco. The entrance is right you where you land. The bar is located in a large backyard. It has enough space for smaller events and of course a lovely bar. They serve quite big drinks there *winks*. Leaving the bar on the other side leads you to a cosy and romantic oasis of silence where you can watch the waterfall and just relax.

Impressions of Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco (1) – BarDeco

I continued my simploring tour walking up and down the street where I landed. It is a typical street of a small town in Southern France, offering places to sit, just picturesque. I only missed a few elderly people playing boule. I’ve been to Southern France very often, small towns really look like this. I simply enjoyed the views.

Impressions of Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco (2) – A walk long the street

Quite typical are the small backyards and places to sit and relax. Life is happening not inside but outside in front of the doors or in backyards that offer shade and are a bit cooler. I found quite some place to sit and watch. Dandy decorated Sainte Rose sur Mer very well, he has an eye for details.

Impressions of Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco (3) – Backyards

The main attraction of Sainte Rose sur Mer is the promenade along the beach, a jewel for tourists. You can literally smell the sea and immerse into a small short trip to South France. There’s a cinema, a café, a pizzeria (look also inside) and a light house on one end. And there’s the beach of course.

Impressions of Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco (4) – The promenade

What is missing to make it perfect? Yes, artists that paint the idyllic scene and sell their pictures to tourists. You find them at the other end of the promenade. From there you also have a great view over the whole promenade and the beach.

Impressions of Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco (5) – The artist’s café and a few more views

Sainte Rose sur Mer is lovely place in Second Life to take a time-out, to dream and to enjoy yourself. It offers lots of places to sit and many great backdrops for taking pictures. It’s also a perfect showcase of sim design. I did enjoy my short trip (and took quite some pictures)!
Thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for sharing your place publicly.

Landmark to Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sereno%20Bay/224/64/28
flickr group for Sainte Rose sur Mer & BarDeco
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14840236@N22/

Simploring 2022 (11) Wind River

I came across “Wind River” and visited it, Friday, June 10th. The landmark description describes well, what you can expect to see “Travel back in time to the era of gunslingers and saloon girls, of massive migration and settlement. The Old West comes to life at Wind River, a photogenic backwater town at the end of the 19th century.

After I saw “High Noon” a couple of days before, when I zapped through my tv channels, “Wind River” was a place I wanted to see!

Wind River: bird-eye view and orientation map

The landing point is in a canyon and I received a nice welcome:
Hello, Diomita Maurer!
Welcome to Wind River, a small jerkwater town in Texas at the end of the 19th century. Don’t behave badly and observe the rules or the sheriff will drag you to jail!
Photographers: open rez for group members. Recommended graphic setting for the best experience is “ultra”. Best light: “shared environment”.
Yeehaw!!

Exploring “Wind River” was great fun. The shared environment fits perfectly to the scenery, the skies are blue and red, dust is blown thorugh the streets and you can literally feel the heat. If you turn sound on, you hear saloon music…. “Do not forsake me, darling”..

Impressions of Wind River (1) – at the landing point / Main street

The small town is just great for taking pictures. There’s a saloon, a hotel, a carpenter, a doctor, a barn an an horse-drawn carriage and much more to discover.

Impressions of Wind River (2) – The Town

A bit outside of the twon is the chapel and the graveyard. On the other side of the sim you find a corral campsite with several covered wagons and horses as well as a herd of buffalos.

Impressions of Wind River (3) – The chapel, the graveyard, the campsite

Also in some distance to the town you can visit a ranch. If you climb up the surrounding rocks you get a great view on Wind River.

Impressions of Wind River (4) – The ranch / another view on the town

Wind River is a moderate homestead owned by Camila (Camila Runo) and Jocelyn (zamitio), Kieran Sayo (gabrielbarrot) and catharhina are admins of the sim. Upon landing you also receive a notecard from Camila with a few general rules and some background information:
As some of you know, I’m a cowgirl at heart. The Wild West sim AZ Arizona was the first sim I visited after registering on SL more than 15 years ago. And the first sim I co-owned was the Mexican Wild West sim Sonora West, followed by Copper Canyon and Iron Mountain. Since then I built a lot of different places that had got nothing to do with the Wild West and I loved each one of them. But I always knew that sometime I will do something Wild West again. The time has come. Here comes Wind River, a project of love.

Well done, Camila! You created a great place, an opportunity for a travel in time, for a short trip into the Wild West: For me it also brought back memories to many old classic films. Thank you for building Wind River and for sharing it with the public!

I ended my visit at the saloon, there I sat down and watched the main streat and let time pass by…

Diomita at Wind River Saloon

Landmark to Wind River
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Esprit/180/228/26
Wind River flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/eightydays/

Simploring 2022 (10) Grauland June 2022

Wednesday, June 8th, JimGaranad told me that he had remodeled Grauland again. He also told me that this iteration would stay only a few weeks – and I should just enjoy. Well, I did enjoy exploring and as I made quite some pictures once again and as it is another different and interesting sim design, I will report about my visit and keep my impressions for the blog.

I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here), three times in 2020 (read here, here and here) and twice in 2021, in April 2021 (read here), in November 2021 (read here), in January 2022 (read here) and in May 2022 (read here). Grauland of June 22 is a strategic military base on a remote, rocky island.

Grauland June 2022 – bird eye view and orientation map

The landing on Grauland is on a pier that leads to a high stairwell built into a steep rock. I walked up the stairs and from there you have a first overview over the sim. Stairs lead down again into the rock. Actually the rock is hollowed out and contains a quite complete infrastructure for soldiers to live. I first explored the headquarters, a building with a control room, a cafeteria, conference room and a lounge.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (1) – Landing, the stairs, the headquarter building

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (2) – Entertainment, Lounge, conference room, control room and cafeteria

Grauland is an adult sim owned by JimGarand. Jim owns a shop for poses, the M-1 Art Poses. At the landing pier you find a teleport board to the M-1 Art Poses shop, that is located in another room of the headquarter building. I had a look at the store and stepped out of the building. If you walk along the wooden pier there you reach a seperate island with just 4 chairs and a campfire.
If you walk along the rock though, you come to a big gate. This gate is the entrance to a tunnel, that leads through the rock to the other side. The tunnel has also a connection the the headquarters.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (3) – M1 Art poses store, campfire and tunnel through the rock

Next to the headquarters are the team quarters. You can reach it from the headquarters or through a seperate entrance. The teamquarter building has a glass roof to provide some daylight.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (4) – Teamquarters and bridge to the hangar

I continued my simploring tour and went over the large bridge that leads to an hangar. Inside you find a futuristic combat aircraft. I could even sit in it and look at the instruments – yet I couldn’t fly it 😦

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (5) – Hangar with combat aircraft

On all strategic point of the military base you find canons. But in peaceful times and when not working, the soldiers can relax. Besides the campfire, you find loungers in front of the headquarters, some air mattresses and a large floating rubber boat. Although I wasn’t dressed for it …. I could not resist to try out some poses…..

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (6) – One of the canons / Diomita posing

I had fun simploring. JimGarand created another interesting place. I like the hidden headquarters and teamquarters – and I had great fun posing. Thank you, Jim, in particular for sharing your place with the public.
If you want to see Grauland June 2022, then you might have to do it soon. I look forward to seeing the next iteration.

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/74/204/26
Grauland flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/
JimGarand’s store M-1 Art Poses on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/204042

Simploring 2022 (9) Frogmore Summer 2022 & Finnygook Cove

Sunday, May 29th, I went simploring and re-visited Frogmore, a place I had visited twice before. My first visit was in 2019. Back then Frogmore was a sim inspired by Öregrund in Sweden (read here). When I visited in Summer 2020 Frogmore was a sim inpsired by Cornwall, England.
And now …. Summer 2022 it is Frogmore 5.0. It seems as if I have missed some iterations. “Frogmore 5.0 expands our coastal feel of England and adds French flavors in our new village, Salons, and Etang du Moulin“.
As before Frogmore in Summer 2022 is owned by Tolla Crisp (formerly Tolla Fell (bengta)) and it was designed and landscaped by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington).

I zoomed out to get an overview and an orientation. Actually there’s not just Frogmore but also a connected neighbourhood sim .. Finnygook Cove, that is also owned by Tolla Crisp.

Frogmore Summer 2022 and Finnygook Cove – bird eye view and orientation map

The landing is in a gazebo. When you step outside you get some first, great views. You should “use shared environments” to get a very fitting environment. You can also grab a notecard:
We are excited to share with you our new Frogmore 5.0 – Etang du Moulin! This year we have kept some of our favorite aspects of Frogmore and we have added lots of new areas to explore including a second village brimming with decor, as well as new Salons not seen before and a unqiue Mill Pond (Etang du Moulin). As with previous versions of Frogmore, our new version is also designed by LANDSCAPER & SCENOGRAPHE Terry Fotherington.
There are many new things to see and do at Frogmore and we hope you will stay a while.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2022 (1) – around the landing point

Frogmore is open to the public, you can even join a land group. This will allow you to rez pose blass and props for making pictures, and you get group notices and announcements for upcoming events. There’s a flickr group for Frogmore where you can share your pictures.

Frogmore in Summer 2022 has changed a lot compared to my last visit in 2020. I first went along the coast from the landing point and came along the Tree farm and a lovely restaurant. As far as I remember I hadn’t seen those in 2020. The views from the coast over the sim are amazing. I made a lot of pictures and could have made a lot more.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2022 (2) – Tree farm, Restaurant and view on the village

I went to the harbour, that had fallen dry due to the tide next and had a view at the village. That at least hasn’t changed much. I remembered it. I had fun exploring and visited another small island that can be reached by a bridge. There’s a store for antiques.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2022 (3) – views on the village / another lighthouse / visiting the Antiques store (lower right)

I visited the village and sat down there. It hasn’t lost anything of it’s beauty. It feels like being in France, just lovely. Of course I also visited the new addition “Etang du Moulin” with the wind mill, the water mill and a cosy restaurant nearby. You sould turn your sound on, the mill makes realistic noises. Very well made.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2022 (4) – views on the village / another lighthouse / visiting the Antiques store (lower right)

As I had noticed another sim nearby I went visiting that next – Finnygook Cove. It is connected to Frogmore by a coverd bridge. Again I got a notecard written by Tolla Crisp when I entered Finnygook Cove:
My vision for this sim is based on the tales of infamous Silas Finn of Cornwall, England. In times gone by Cornish fisherman landed two catches. One day they would harvest the fish in the sea – shining mackerel, pilchards to pack, strong congers. The next night they would land a different catch – shining silk, tea to pack, strong brandy. Silas Finn, or Finny as he was called by all, regularly landed his smuggled goods at Portwrinkle in a small cove below the village. Silas enjoyed the thrill and intricacy of his secretive trade. So as not to be recognised by excise men whilst conducting business and organising fellow smugglers, he disguised himself by wearing a woman’s bonnet!
Finnygook Cove, although soley my vision and inspiration, has been created and designed by LANDSCAPER & SCENOGRAPHE Terry Fotherington.
Finnygook Cove has it’s own flickr group.

Impressions of Finnygook Cove Summer 2022 (1) – Entering Finnygook Cove from Frogmore / at the old fishing harbour ruins

Finnygook Cove is very different. It has some spookiness, most buildings are ruins or wrecked. You see a lot of left overs from former times. The vegetation is different to Frogmore. And for sure you get quite different backgrounds. It has it’s own charme and I liked it.

Impressions of Finnygook Cove Summer 2022 (2) – more views / the pub (upper and lower right)

As you might have noticed, I took many pictures again and the pictures in the post are just a selection. I spent close to 2 hours at Frogmore and Finnygook Cove and I had fun. Be careful when you walk close to the water. Best stay on paths! I fell down several times and had difficulties to climb up again (both sims are no fly zones).

At Finnygook Cove

Thank you Tolla Crisp for sharing your places with the public! And thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for the excellent job you did again. I enjoyed my visit at lot.

Landmark to Frogmore
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frogmore/95/226/25
Frogmore flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14677915@N21/
Finnygook Cove flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/mousehole/

Simploring 2022 (8) Ojuela

Since Serene Footman is back and started to work with Jade Koltai again. Just recently we could visit Black Bayou Lake again (read here). Saturday, May 21st, Jade and Serene opened a brand new sim: “Ojuela“.

To no surprise Ojuela is an extraordinairy place, a place not many of us know about and will ever see in reality. But we can visit Ojuela in Second Life!
Serene Footman wrote a detailed blogpost about Ojuela. I strongly recommend to read this post before you visit Ojuela in Second Life. I will have to repeat some of what Serene already wrote.

Ojuela is in Mexico. It is a small mining settlement, now well known as a ghost town as a result of the ore being exhausted. Ojuela was established after the discovery of abandoned gold and silver mines in the area in 1598. The Ojuela Mine produced a large quantity of mineral during the last part of the 19th century. With the advent of the railroad, all the extracted ore were transported away from the mine by train and processed in the nearby town of Mapimí (source: wikipedia)

Ojuela in Mexcio – a few pictures (lower left is a historic pictures taken from Serene’s blogpot)

Today Ojuela is best known for the “Puente de Ojuela”, which consists of a long pedestrian walkway suspended by a spider’s web of steel cables over a gorge 100 metres below. Completed in 1898, the bridge has a main span of 271.5 metres and the distance between the pylons that support the cables is 315.5 metres (taken from Serene Footman’s blogpost). By the bridge the ore could be brought to be processed without traveling a long detour around the deep gorge next to it. The bridge was reopened in 1991 and is now a tourist magnet.

Impressions of Ojuela (1) – Around the landing point

Realising the gorge and the bridge that overspans in Second Life was for sure not easy, but Jade and Serene did a great job again. Surrounded by high mountains the gorge fits in well. The selected environment (use shared environment in your setting) provides a bit hazy light yet does feel warm. It is not that easy to see everything with the provided windlight, some areas are swallowed by the fog. But the bridge does look even more impressive when you see it more and more as you come closer. The landing is one end of the bridge close to the ruins of a few administration buildings.

The meager rock environment does offer qutie some wildlife. I started my visit by walking around the the whole gorge on the edge of the gorge. And I saw quite some animals, cactus and cactus trees.

Impressions of Ojuela (2) – Wildlife

You’ll find a variety of wildlife on the sim which is typical of this area: jaguars, bobcats (aka lynx), a bear and her cub, wolves, lemurs, bighorn sheep, a couple of donkeys and a few rams. Many of these are hidden away, just as they would be in real life. So you’re more likely to hear the wolves than to see them at first, likewise the bears.
There is abundant birdlife, too. You’ll find eagles soaring above (the eagle sits at the centre of the Mexican flag), osprey, kestrels, cuckoos, owls, vultures, red cardinals, orioles, grackles (which is essentially an oversized blackbird), thick-billed parrots (which are endemic to Mexico) …” (taken from Serene Footman’s blogpost)

Impressions of Ojuela (3) – Wildlife

After surrounding the gorge I visited the ruins of the administration buildings. Nature has taken back most of the ruins and animals are the new inhabitants. Yet someone must live there as there’s a washing line with some towels. Ladders and wooden boards connect the roofs. There’s a lot to discover and the ruins make a great background for pictures.

Impressions of Ojuela (4) – The ruins

Of course there are several nice spots to sit and watch. Most of them offer a view on the gorge and the bridge. I tried out a few. It is just great to visit this outstanding place so easily in Second Life.

Impressions of Ojuela (5) – Diomita enjoying the views

last but not least I walked of the bridge. That is a particular experience even in a virtual world. At one end I posed between two jaguars, something you would never do in RL *winks*. I took quite some amazing shots around the bridge.

Impressions of Ojuela (6) – “Puente de Ojuela”

I enjoyed my visit a lot! Serene Footman and Jade Koltai created another amazing place. Their love for the detail and the selection of extraordinairy places is just admirable. I’m thankful that I could visit.
As usual the sim shall be available just a few weeks. Hence don’t wait too long with your visit ot Ojuela.

Landmark to Ojuela
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Overland%20Hills/110/106/98
Serene Footman’s blogpost about Ojuela
https://furillen.org/2022/05/21/ojuela/
Ojuela in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ojuela
flickr group for Ojuela
https://www.flickr.com/groups/ojuela/

Simploring 2022 (7) Grauland May 2022

Sunday, May 15th, I had some time in the later morning and went simploring. I read in Susann DeCuir’s blog “Mein Zweites Leben” that Grauland has been refurbished once again (Simtipp: Grauland wurde umgebaut (Adult) in German).

I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here), three times in 2020 (read here, here and here) and twice in 2021, in April 2021 (read here), in November 2021 (read here) and in January 2022 (read here). And every time it was different. Each redesign was worth a visit, as is this one!

Grauland May 2022 – bird eye view and orientation map

Grauland is an adult sim owned by JimGarand. Jim owns a shop for poses, the M-1 Art Poses. The landing at Grauland is in front of a little shop for Jim’s poses. Jim’s former iterations of Grauland were often filled with a lot of art objects. This time the architecture and design of Grauland is one main focus.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (1)

Right upon landing you have spectacular views. The sim is surrounded by high mountains and spatially confined by high rocks on two sides. A path leads from the landing along a waterfall, over a bridge and under an aqueduct to a modern villa. The aqueduct leads the water of another waterfall over several segments down into the sea. The modern villa is for sure one of the highlights of Grauland in May 2022. From here you have a good view on the whole sim as well as on a field of menhirs, the only art object of this iteration of Grauland.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (2)

I continued my simploring tour and my woalk along the path. It led me to a large parking area and a festival area with a huge stage and stands, For sure a place to watch great concerts.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (3)

Close to the parking and the festival area you find a camping side, the place where festival visitors stay overnight, where they celebrate before and after the event. You should try out the seats there, they offer nice and unique poses for celebrations. Quite realitic are the portable toilets, the public showers and the garbage tons. There’s really all you need for a festival.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (4)

Next to the festival area is the beach and it is a fun beach with a large playground. The main attraction at the beach is a huge orange King Kong figure with a skid that leads from King Kong’s chest down to the beach. You can slide down actually (and I did). A more quiet area is at the end of the natural bay where a pier reaches out to the bottom of another waterfall. You can sit there and watch the world go by. Or you face the other direction and look over the festival area, the beach and the long aqueduct.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (5)

As I wrote in the beginning of my simploring report, it is the desgin, the waterfalls, the aqueduct, the villa and the festival area that makes Grauland May 2022 so outstanding. In my personal opinion that is art. Thank you Jim, you made another great iteration of Grauland and I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Close to the beach you find some water fun. A skid and several tubes and inflatable mattresses float in the sea. Spontaneously I stripped (it is an adult homestead) and tried them out. I had fun posing.

Diomita posing at Grauland May 2022

And this ends my simploring report. Well done, Jim!

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/74/204/26
Grauland flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/
JimGarand’s store M-1 Art Poses on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/204042
Susann DeCuir’s blogpost “Simtipp: Grauland wurde umgebaut (Adult)”
https://mein-zweites-leben.blogspot.com/2022/05/simtipp-grauland-wurde-umgebaut-adult.html

Backflash April 2022 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa” (April 25th, 2017)

In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers the new series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives.
For April 2022 I selected a post from April 2017 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa”.
Back in 2017 I had never heard about Marfa, TX and thus I did some resaearch und learned a lot about this famous place in the middle of nothing. Snce then I came across Marfa in Second Life a few times and for me it feels a bit like I’d have been there in RL. At “The Last Forever – Marfa” I also saw Melusina Parkin’s minimalistic art for the first time. Whenever I get aware that Melusina has opened a new exhibtion I visit it nowadays – and often remember my visit to her exhibtion at “The Last Forever – Marfa”
Enjoy reading…


Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa

I went on a simploring tour Saturday, April 22nd. I decided to visit “The Last Forever“, a landmark that I picked from Nix Bubbles’ blog. The landmark description was not really revealing for me: “The Last Forever is a new sim/full region inspired by Marfa, TX from the creators of West of The Rain, Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson (KraftWork), along with the creative team of Kai Mannequin, Brooke Barmy, Rooky Yootz, Triin, Misty and Jack Hanby.” I haven’t heard about Marfa in Texas before nor did I came across of any of the mentionened names. Most of “The Last Forever” I understood later, when I looked up some profiles and after reading about Marfa, TX.

April 22nd: The Last Forever – overview

Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. The town was named “Marfa” at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive. The Marfa Army Airfield served as a training facility for several thousand pilots during World War II. It was closed 1945. Marfa has a population of about 2,000 people, hence it is really small.
Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights. The city is also 37 miles (60 km) from Prada Marfa, a pop art exhibit, which might be the most photographed and visited site in Marfa. The area around Marfa is known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans. In 1971, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa from New York City. Since Judd’s death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. Every year the Chinati Foundation holds an open house event where artists, collectors, and enthusiasts come from around the world to visit Marfa’s art.
(Source: wikipedia
The landing point is at the Marker of Marfa, which is based on Marfa in the reality. Upon your landing you get a welcome “Welcome to The Last Forever SIM home of KraftWork, BIGBULLY, Powder Pack, Kiss me Poses and Triin.” KraftWork and BIGBULLY are shops for mesh creations for decorations and furniture in Second Life. Powder Pack is a store for make-up and skins for mesh heads and Kiss me Poses is a store for poses. The Last Forever is the home of these stores. I didn’t find out what Triin is.
Marfa in Second Life looks a bit like I would imagine a little town in Texas. First of all it is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by a desert. There are some modern buildings but also some buildings that have seen better times. And there are some ruins and abandoned homes. The infrastructure is dilapidated and some corners and areas look shabby. What I noticed before I did the above research about Marfa in the real world is the art spreaded all over the sim.
I walked around town and collected some impressions of Marfa in SL. I explored the mainstores of KraftWork and BIGBULLY. I went into the radio station and I couldn’t refrain from peeking into the local sex shop. I visited the exhibit Americana, American Icons in Second Life by Melusina Parkin. Outside of the town is the famous Prada Marfa, a camping ground, and some houses. The atmosphere is dense and The Last Forever looks quite real, in particular when you know about Marfa in reality. Monday, April 24th, just 2 days after my visit, I noticed that Inara Pey published an entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit titeled “Melusina’s American Icons in Second life in her blog, just the very same day that I visited Marfa. What a coincdence!

Thank you Oobleck (allagash) and Nodnol Jameson (owner of KraftWork) for providing The Last Forever to the public. You understood how to combine the site of some mainstores (including your own) with the experience of a great place in Second Life and you contributed to my education as I now know about Marfa.

 

Landmark to The Last Forever
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Last%20Forever/181/97/23
(outdated!)
Inara Pey’s blog entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit at The Last Forever
https://modemworld.me/2017/04/21/melusinas-american-icons-in-second-life/

Link to the orignal post:
https://themaurers.me/2017/04/25/simploring-2017-31-the-last-forever-marfa/

Simploring 2022 (6) A return to Black Bayou Lake

When I was looking for a destination to explore on Wednesday, April 27th, I became aware that Serene Footman and Jade Koltai had made a second iteration of their “Black Bayou Lake“, a place that they built back in 2018 and that I remember very well. And of course I wrote a blogpost about it, you can read it here.

Back in 2018 Serene wrote a detailled post about Black Bayou Lake (read here). And he also wrote a shorter post now (read here):
Jade Koltai and I have collaborated on a lot of sims … and when we discussed working together again recently, we wanted to start by returning to an old favourite, Black Bayou Lake. There’s something we always loved about the atmosphere and light of this sim, but we felt that we could squeeze a little more out of it

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (1)

Black Bayou Lake (link to wikipedia) – the inspiration for our sim – is located in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. The lake is part of an 800 acre nature reserve – there is a factsheet about it here – which seethes with wildlife: there are many species of bird, insect, reptile and fish, along with a variety of trees such as cherrybark oak, cedar elm, ash, hickories, willow oak, shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, mockernut hickory and post oak. It’s a stunning place, which attracted us because we had not yet tried designing a sim that consists mainly of water…...”

Diomita and the alligator at Black Bayou Lake 2022

Black Bayou Lake in Second Life is a virtual interpretation of the nature reserve in the physcial world. The most outstanding feature both places have in common is a long wooden footpath that visitors can use to explore and to even walk out onto the lake. This walkway is also a key object of the sim in 2022.
The swamp with it’s unique flora and the bare trees is another feature they share. Even some of the huts that are scattered on the sim look similar to those found in the nature reserve.

For the iteration in 2022 Serene and Jade added a railway bridge – the Cross Bayou Railroad Bridge, aka the Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge. In reality this bridge is located around 100 miles from Black Bayou Lake and was built in 1926.

Black Bayou Lake 2022: The wooden walkway through the swamps and the Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge in RL and in SL

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (2)

Black Bayou Lake is full of life. There are many different birds and there’re alligators. You should turn your sound on. I personally recommend to turn on music as well as the selected music fits perfectly.
For your visit also make sure that you “use shared environment”. The environment setting is a bit foggy and hazy but it is part of the experience.

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (3)

My second visit to Black Bayou Lake was once again a great experience that I really enjoyed. It might not replace a visit to it in real life, but it felt familiar as I still remembered my first visit. Together with some pictures of the real place it felt as if I were there again. I assume just the smell and the damp heat is what I missed *winks*.

Black Bayou Lake 2022 – what a great atmosphere!

Thank you Serene Footman and Jade Koltai for bringing Black Bayou Lake back for all of us. I really appreciate your work. It is such a joy to visit and it made my day.
If you want to visit Black Bayou, you should do it soon, the sim won’t be open forever (usually only a few weeks).

Landmark to Black Bayou Lake 2022
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aride%20Isle/131/171/21
flickr group for Black Bayou Lake
https://www.flickr.com/groups/blackbayoulake/pool/
Post 2018 on Serene Footman’s website
https://furillen.org/black-bayou-lake/
Post 2022 on Seren Footman’s website
https://furillen.org/2022/04/22/return-to-bayou/
Simploring 2018 (89) Black Bayou Lake
https://themaurers.me/2018/10/23/simploring-2018-89-black-bayou-lake/
Black Bayou Lake on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bayou_Lake_National_Wildlife_Refuge
Description from a visit at Black Bayou Lake
https://flatfooting.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/black-bayou-lake-national-wildlife-refuge/
Black Bayou Lake Factsheet
https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/black-bayou-lake-national-wildlife-refuge.pdf

Simploring 2022 (5) La petite Provence

I visited La Petite Provence, a place built on a 1/2 full region, rated moderate. It is a French place and hence also the landmark description is in French, here’s the translation: “welcome to the little provence, village to visit, a tp will take you to different sky, snow chalet, magical cave, space … come and discover and enjoy

La Petite Provence – bird eye view and orientation map

Right where you land in a litte town located in the Provence, South France, is the above mentioned teleport pad from where you can visit a snow chalet, a magical cave and a space station. I stayed on the ground and kept the other destinations for another visit.

La Petite Provence is nicely seperated from the rest of the region with sheer rock walls. The sim is surrounded by forested islands with many waterfalls. I visited the town first. It has the typical charm of these small towns with narrow alleys, small store, street cafés, a market place with stands for vegetables, fruits and other goods and a place to play boule. It is spring and the flowers are blooming.
Across the town are rabbits and eggs, the leftovers of an egg hunt for Easter that took place here and weren’t yet removed at the time of my visit. Actually these decorations look a bit weired in the pictures I took.

La Petite Provence – exploring the town (1)

Beside the rabbits and eggs the town is picturesque. There’s a little promenade from where you can see the lighthouse and also in the narrow alleys you come across some stores and stands. I really enjoyed the place.

La Petite Provence – exploring the town (2)

From the town you can walk uphill to visit the large villa that is on top of a hill overlooking the town and the sim. The villa seems not to be private, its more like a large meeting area. In the open center you find gaming tables and quite some opportunities to sit. I lay down and had a cocktail in the sun.

La Petite Provence – the large villa

After my cocktail i continued my simploring tour and visited the rest of the sim. On a high plateau close to the villa you find another nice and cosy place to relax. I went to the beach, where you find even more opportunities to sit down and relax or to cuddle with a loved one.

La Petite Provence – a place to cuddle / at the beach

I like all the different places to sit and relax and La Petite Provence is full of them. While the town has the flair of Southern France the views from the beach are nice yet not fitting to the theme in my opinion. You won’t see such forested islands with waterfalls there.
I returned to the town and had a cup of coffee in a street cafe.

La Petite Provence – from the beach back to the town

To sum it up La Petite Provence is a really nice place to stay and to enjoy. I personally liked in particular the small town. La Petite Provence is owned by Opiume Palmer (opiume). I couldn’t find out if her partner Ces Palmer is also involved.
Thank you Opiume for creating this place and for sharing it publicly! I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to La Petite Provence
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heart/62/76/42
Opium’s flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/photos/195288772@N05/

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