Simploring 2020 (50) Carolina 2020

For my simploring tour on Sunday, June 28th, I picked “Carolina” from scoop.it SL Desitination. The entry led me to a blog post from Maddy Gynoid “Simtipp: Carolina – Juni 2020“.

Carolina is a moderate homestead owned by Arol Lightfoot. I had visited Carolina in July 2019 and wrote a blog post about it (read here). Arol Lightfoot was also involved in La Vie, a place that I visited 3 times, but it was always different (Simploring 2018 (1) La Vie in Winter / La Vie in Second Life / Simploring 2017 (83) La Vie in Autumn).

The Carolina of Summer 2020 is a completely different setting than the one of 2019. What they have in common is a lot of wildlife.

Carolina Summer 2020 – Orientation map and Overview

The most outstanding feature of Carolina are two large rocks with a high plateau. The rocks are connected by a rope bridge. The landing is on one of these rocks right next to a zip lane leading down to the ground level. As there’s no other way to get down to the ground except of flying or jumping down the waterfalls on the neighbour rock, I took the zip lane and landed next to the Lighthouse. I found a nice place to make a first little rest then I walked to the beach.

Impressions of Carlina Summer 2020 (1) – Landing with zip lane / at the lighthouse / view from the beach

I walked all along the beach, took a couple of pictures and reached the waterfall. On my way I encountered a bear with its baby. I didn’t dare to disturb the two *winks*. Close to the waterfall is a campsite.

Impressions of Carlina Summer 2020 (2) – along the beach / bear with baby bear / campsite

I continued my tour walking around the rock with the waterfall and came into a thicker forest that opened up to a pond where I saw two huts. Both are furnished. One of them had a nice porch with some dogs gathering there and I noticed a board “Wetland protection area”. The other hut seems to be something like a Summer residence. Overall the wetland pond is really a nice spot to enjoy nature and to take some pictures.

Impressions of Carlina Summer 2020 (3) – forest / wetland / Summer hut

From the Summer hut my exploring tour led along the shore with wide meadows, a really very tall ancient oak and a group of wild horses to the only residental house at Carolina. This house is not furbished.

Impressions of Carlina Summer 2020 (4) – ancient oak / wild horses / residential house / romantic pond

Returning to the large rock with the zip lane there’s another larger pond, which I called “Romantic pond” as it offers nice places to sit and enjoy the nature and the birds.
On my way back I also came across an old VW beetle which is nice for posing (and I did). And in the end there’s a trail with many bushes that are cut in form and with flowers. Another great motif for pictures.

Impressions of Carlina Summer 2020 (5) -romantic pond / VW beetle / botanic trial

I spent a nice and relaxing hour of simploring Carolina and I enjoyed the nature, the wildlife, the views and the peace. Just the right thing to do on a Sunday morning. Thank you Arol for your newest refurbisment and in particular for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Carolina
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Margarita%20Isle/136/61/44
flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14671177@N22/
Maddy Gynoid blog post “Simtipp: Carolina – Juni 2020”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/06/simtipp-carolina-juni-2020.html

Simploring 2019 (87) Carolina

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, July 23rd, I picked “Carolina” from scoop.it SL Destinations. From what I saw there it seemed to be the perfect place to visit on a really hot Summer day in RL.

Carolina is a moderate homestead owned by Arol Lightfoot. The name rang a bell to me and looking up my own blog I found out that Arol was also involved in La Vie, a place that I visited 3 times, but it was always different (Simploring 2018 (1) La Vie in Winter / La Vie in Second Life / Simploring 2017 (83) La Vie in Autumn). Carolina is described in the landmark profile as a place with “warm sandy shores and a tropical environment, filled with wildlife, relaxing beaches, and grassy areas“. I couldn’t sum it up any better.

Carolina – overview

Carolina offers a lot of beaches, only interrupted by some smaller rocks. There are many opportunities to sit and cuddle and to watch the wildlife. Besides seagulls, you’ll find many other birds, seals, a pair of playing dogs, flamingos, horses, donkeys and ducks, just to name a few. As most of them are animated it is fun to look at them or to wait for the right moment for a picture.

Impressions of Carolina (1) – upper pictures show the green house

In the center of California is a residential house, which is fully furnished and free to visit. As far as I could find out there’re no restricted areas at Carolina. At this house in the center is a funny sign that made me smile “Notice: Protect your food. Management cannot replace food stolen by seagulls“. And two seagulls are sitting on this sign!

Impressions of Carolina (2) – the playing dogs / the boathouse

Further in the North is another house with a workshop at the beach. Obviously it is also used for repairing small boats. But this boathouse (I called it boathouse) offers also a nice living room with seaview as well as a decking for bbq’s and for socializing behind of it.

The North of Carolina is a bit greener. And there’s an old rollercoaster, which offers a particular motif for pictures.

Impressions of Carolina (3) – the rollercoaster, the flamingos and the house with the decking

Finally there’s a lighthouse and a crashed small plane. It is seen best from the decking of the third house in Carolina. This decking has the best views of the island in my personal opinion. It is close to the flamingos, you can see some seals from there, you can look over to the lighthouse and the rollercoaster and you can look along the inlet that almost leads to the house in the center.

Some more Impressions of Carolina

I enjoyed more than an hour exploring Carolina and I had fun to try out some of the places to sit and relax. I wonder if Arol Lightfoot did name the island “Carolina” because of North and South Carolina in the US. Some views did remind me of the outer banks in North Carolina. Anyway, if you seek a place to wind down at a beach or to for a short virtual vacation, you should visit Carolina. Thank you Arol for sharing your sim with the public. I had a great time there.

Landmark to Carolina
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Margarita%20Isle/185/50/25
flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14671177@N22/

Simploring 2018 (1) La Vie in Winter

December 26th, 2017 I made another simploring tour. I looked up the SL desination guide and scrolled through the recently added sims. There I found La Vie on page 2: “La Vie…formerly a bright sunny beach and then a colorful autumn paradise has now been snowed in. Come play in the snow in this photogenic spot before it’s gone

La Vie in Winter – Overview

It’s my 3rd visit to La Vie, which is owned by designed by Krys Vita and Arol Lightfoot. I visited it in Summer in June 2016 (read here) and in Autumn in October 2017 (read here). La Vie seems to become a regular simploring destination for me.

La Vie in Winter – the house by the landing point

Again La Vie has changed a lot. It didn’t just snow and become cold. The whole island was redesigned. In the center of the winterly island is a pond, the shores are mostly rocky. There are a few houses spreaded over the island. Each looks cosy and inviting and is furnished and decorated for the season inside and outside. One road leads from the landing spot to another house and a Christmas tree sale. A chaple is located on the highest rock overlooking the island, but it’s hard to reach, you need to climb up the rocks.

Impressions of La Vie in Winter (1)

Impressions of La Vie in Winter (2)

There’re some opportunities to sit and cuddle and to enjoy, for example in a sleigh or even in Santa’s sleigh. La Vie sim offers lovely views and is another Winter paradise for those who love taking pictures like me. Completely new is a ski lift, which does not lead up to a mountain, there just 4 or 5 poles, but you can take a picture from a perspective where you don’t see that it doesn’t lead up to a mountain. And there’s one of these big snow vehicles that are used to prepare the slopes. And I even saw another visitor skiing. This way I got a little foretaste for my upcoming ski trip in RL.

La Vie in Winter – a SL foretaste of skiing in RL

La Vie is jsut beautiful and another example of the possibilites for building your own dream in Second Life. Thank you for sharing your sim with the public, Kyra Vita and Arol Lightfoot. I enjoyed my visit to winterly La Vie.

Landmark to La Vie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Vie/143/157/23