Simploring 2020 (56) Grauland – Summer 2020

For my simploring tour on Sunday, August 16th, I picked once again “Grauland” from SL Destinations. I had visited Grauland the first time in Summer 2019 (read here), then again in February 2020 (read here). What I saw at SL Destinations indicated that the sim has changed again.
Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. He runs a shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses) in the skies above the sim. You can reach the shop by a teleporter right next to the landing. Jim seems to change Grauland quite regularly.

This time Grauland is something totally different. It is a half island used as a bi- or even trimodal logistic center. The landing is on a beach, next to a beach volleyball field. Not far away is a motel. The rooms are furnished. Well, it looks as this motel has had its best days already, yet the pool behind the motel is quite nice and there seem to be at least 2 rooms occupied as cars park in front of them.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (1) – Beach volleyball and motel near to the landing point

I explored the beach first. There’s a long promenade with 3 art objects: “Marching On Sculpture” by JimGarand, “Angel” by Wiona (dx61005) and “Tiki Head Statuette” by ChiMia (chimiastore). The art is a bit out of place with the long wall of the logisitc center with all its graffiti as a background. But then it makes it even more outstanding. The beach is nice and invited to take a bath in the sun.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (2) – Art promenade and beach

I visited the little event area on a wooden platform not far from the landing and then went towards the logistic center. On my way I came across a scrapyard – and saw more graffiti.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (3) – Event platform and scrapyard

The logistic center is for road and railroad transport. Both can be loaded at the center, goods can be stored in the storehouses. There are two large tanks for fluid goods, maybe petrol at the logistic center. The railroad and the trucks transport the goods away from the center through seperate tunnels. A bit aside is a pier and a ramp. There’s no ship but it looks as if goods could also be transported with ships, making the logistic center not only bimodal but trimodal.
Again I admired some graffiti, this time on a railroad waggon.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (4) – The bi- or trimodal logisitic center

Besides the beach, there’s still more to explore and enjoy at Grauland. There’s a lighthouse and the house next to it is furnished. On its porch you can sit and enjoy the view over the sea and the beach. I also had some fun using the jet ski, that can be rezzed at the beach again quite close to the landing. And I dared to speed along the concrete bricks protecting the shore.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (5) – Diomita enjoying the Summer

Grauland offers some different backgrounds for taking pictures, it offers fun (jet ski for example) and the combination of beaches and a logistic center is quite outstanding. Once again I enjoy my visit.
I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a place to visit. Thank you Jim for creating this place and sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Grauland

Simploring 2020 (9) Grauland / Okinawa Islands

Inspired by posts on SL Destinations, I revisted Grauland. I had visited it half a year ago and had written a simploring report about it (see Simploring 2019 (89) Grauland). What caught my attention was the changed name “Grauland / Okinawa Islands” and pictures of a destinctive rock formation.

The landing is close to a heap of stones that reach into the sea. I immediately recognized it again and knew where I was. This heap of stones and the horseshoe form of the islands are the only similarities to Grauland back in 2019.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 – overview

Grauland / Okinawa Islands is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. It is also home to M-1 Art Poses, a shop for poses that is located on a platform in the skies above. M-1 Art Poses is also owned by JimGarand. On Grauland / Okinawa Islands you find several teleport pads to the store.

Impressions of Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (1) – the heap of Stones at the landing Point / exploring with a jet ski

Close to the landing point is a jet ski station and of course I had to try it. The jet skis are fun and the work up to 700m off sim. I drove all around the islands before I continued my simploring tour on foot and explored the Japanese park that occupies the largest of the 3 connected islands. It is a peaceful place, the park is quite simple with a huge stone in the center.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (2) – the Japanese park

I visited the bath house and the residential house, both clearly Japanese as you would expect on Okinawa Islands. The furnishing is very neat and stylish, the garden around the residential house has also a Japanese touch and there’s a little greenhouse that contains a small canabis patch, a little reminder of the large canabis greenhouse at Grauland back in 2019.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (3) – the bath house and the residential house in- and outside

I climbed on the destinctive rocks that are besides the heap of Stones at the landing point a second landmark of Grauland / Okinawa Islands. At several places, in particular at the beach, you find places to rest, to sit and enjoy alone or as a couple and I tried out some of them. And finally I visited the M-1 Art Poses Store and tried some poses there.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (4) – the rocks / the small greenhouse

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (5) – trying poses on the Islands and at the M-1 Art Poses Store

I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a nice place to visit, to take pictures or just to enjoy like JimGarand did. Instead of donating to the sim I bought something at his store. Thank you very much for creating Grauland / Okinawa Islands and for sharing it with the public. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Grauland / Okinawa Islands

Simploring 2019 (89) Grauland

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, July 30th, I selected Grauland from SL Destinations Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. The landmark description doesn’t reveal much “Photogenic sim and home to M-1 ART POSES“.

Grauland – overview

The landing is right next to a piece of art, a fist (Fist Statue – Marble inWorldLight) made by Korazen. Also close to the landing is an auditorium, but it has no stage and the audience looks at a painted wall. Let us imagine that in the case of an event, there’d be a screen installed. I began my exploring tour looking at the heap of stones which is also close to the landing point. The heap looks a bit like a breakwater wall. It is for sure a very interesting motive for pictures. And because of the magic of Second Life it is not covered with bird droppings although there’re lots of birds at Grauland.

Impressions of Grauland (1) – around the landing point and the heap of stones

I crossed the bridge that connects the landing island with the main island, that has the form of an hoof. I visited the cannabis greenhouse first. There’s also a pier for ships with a petrol station. Obviously the cannabis yield is very high so that they use ships for transport *winks*.

I continued my tour at the beach. It is a lovely large beach and the waves in the background are impressive. Again you find a lot of birds here and some places to sit and relax and to enjoy the beach. The beach has a very natural atmosphere.

Impressions of Grauland (2) – the cannabis greenhouse and the beach

I visited the old factory building, that seems to be abandonned for many years already. There’s no roof nor a door but it might be still a bit more protected from wind inside. You can see that someone is living here, there’s a sofa, a few pictures, garbage, a shopping cart and a litte cage (yes we’re on an adult sim). Continuing my simploring tour I sat down at another abandonned hut and I walked to the other end of the island, where you can enjoy a lovely view over the whole island from a rock. On the top of the rock is another little hut, that looks a bit like a bus station from outside. But inside there’re two chairs and a few pictures and it looks like someone really loves being here.

Impressions of Grauland (3) – at the beach, the old factory, the abandonned hut

But the most outstanding piece of Grauland is the field of concrete blocks that covers around a quarter of the whole island. The concrete blocks are also in the bay and on a small island in the center of the hoof. This island is connected with a wooden footbridge with the main island. The concrete blocks did remind me of the holocaust monument in Berlin. I have no idea what they express here or if there’s any intended interpretation. On the fist view the distribution of the single blocks seem to be random. I managed to jump on one of them and to have a better view. The field seems to be endless … does it continue under water?

Impressions of Grauland (4) – the field of concrete blocks and the outlook

On my way to the outlook I found a teleport sign for the above mentioned M-1 Art Poses shop and I came across a single modern bar stool, that stood in the midst of nothing and almost screamed “Try me”. Ok I had to try it. The stool has some really nice and tempting poses and I ended up makieng a seflie photo session. I had fun.


Impressions of Grauland (5) – at the outlook, the tp board to the M-1 Art Poses shop, and Diomita in a spontaneous photo session

And the spontaneous photo session was reason enough to have a look at the M-1 Art Poses shop that is located on a platform in 2000m height. I tried the poses with the bike and got two other great selfies.

A quick visit to the M-1 Art Poses shop at Grauland

I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with providing a place for the public to enjoy, like Jim did with Grauland. The sim is outstanding in it’s own way. The enviroment is meagre, but still beautiful, the field of concrete blocks offers a lot of different interpretations and for sure a great background. And the beach is just great being that natural. Thank you Jim, for providing Grauland to the public. I had fun exploring the island, the art and last but not least trying out the poses.

Landmark to Grauland
M-1 Art Poses inworld shop
M-1 Art Poses on marketplace