Simploring 2020 (69) Walsh County

For my simploring tour on Saturday, August 29th, I picked “Walsh County” from scoop.it SL Destinations. I read Maddy Gynoids “Simtipp: Walsh County” (in German) before I went there myself. Maddy made some great pictures there!

Walsh County is a general homestead owned by Randonee Noel. At the landing in the middle of nowhere on highway 17 you can grab a notecard by clicking on the highway sign. The notecard provides some information:

Up near the Canadian border glaciers have leveled the earth to where you can see that it’s curved. The winds move across the landscape interrupted only by the lines of trees planted there to interfere.
Agriculture is the cornerstone and the crops are gold. There are fewer than 9 people here for every square mile, but most will share a cup of coffee and a smile if you’re polite.
Welcome to Walsh County, North Dakota.”

Impressions of Walsh County (1)

Walsh County is not a fiction. Walsh County lies on the east side of North Dakota and has a population of about 10,000 people. You can read more about it on wikipedia here. Also the highway 17 is not a fiction. It is 139 miles in length and its alignment was established in 1939 (see wikipedia here).

Impressions of Walsh County (2)

When I looked around immediately “The Far Away” came into mind. I visited “The Far Away” in 2019 the last time (read here) and it is a real classic sim in Second Life.
Walsh County is also flat and there’s nothing but the highway, one tree, one pond with 3 ducks, one truck, a wind sock and ….. wheatfields. Anything else? Yes! A crop duster plane that spreads crop protectant over the cornfields. Watching the plane is fascinating and kept me busy for a while.

Impressions of Walsh County (3)

The scenery reminded me of a scene in the film “North by Northwest” directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In the film the main character Roger Thornhill (played by Gary Grant) is attacked by a crop duster plane – in the middle of nothing.

Impressions of Walsh County (4)

In Maddy’s post I read that SmacemanSpiff Grau, the parnter of Randonee Noel, supported her with building this fantasic sim. Walsh County is perfectly rural and transports the feeling of endless fields very well. A place to wind down. A place to take great pictures.
Randonee Noel also made a short video clip of Walsh County:

Thank you Randonee!

Landmark to Walsh County
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campton/48/52/23
Maddy Gynoids “Simtipp: Walsh County”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/08/simtipp-walsh-county.html
Randonee Noel’s video clip of “Walsh County”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/randoneenoel/50257405707/play/360p/68909c51cb/
Walsh County on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/randomlyspiffy/

Simploring 2020 (51) Summer in the City

Once again I found my simploring destination for Thursday, July 23rd, on scoop.it SL Desinations.

Summer in the City was built by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni, who call themselves “Riosisco Productions”. It was built on the same parcel where they had erected “A Favela”, which I visted in May (read here) and which is gone now. Back in 2019 I visited their creations HoPe (read here) and Kun-Tei-Ner (read here). And now .. “Summer in the City“.

Summer in the City – overview

The landmark description is short: “At the top of the buildings, the Sun is shining, it’s summer in the city.” There’s also the remark that you can’t access the streets in this installation. Fred and Lotus also write in their note that they were supported by Alexa Maravilla in every of their projects, yet they didn’t reveal in which way.

On scoop.it SL Desinations, I also found a video of Summer in the City. I watched it before visting myself and it is a really nice teaser. The video was made by Randonee Noel and published on flickr here.

Summer in the City consists just of a few blocks of high-rise buidling. The landing is inside of one on a staircase and you have to move upstairs and then to the left to go outside. There you begin your exploring tour using stairs, ramps, old railroads for an elevated train, ladders or blanks – yet no way to enter the street level. But that is intended.

Impressions of Summer in the City (1) – landing and first views

In- and outside is a lot to discover: penthouses and roof terraces, balconies, kitchen gardens, a café, a club, an atelier, several living rooms, and innumerous graffities. Of course you find a basketball court, little corners to exercise with weights or fitness equipments, a big pool, several areas to celebrate, bbq’s and many opportunities to sit and enjoy. There’re countless little details to discover. And all with just 4.600 prims. Chapeau! I made many, many pictures.

Impressions of Summer in the City (2) – the old elevated railroad

Impressions of Summer in the City (3) – kitchen garden / a nice appartment with a perfect home office

Impressions of Summer in the City (4) – the café / view on the party zone on the roofs

Impressions of Summer in the City (5) – the party zone and the club

Impressions of Summer in the City (6) – the atelier / balconies / at the little pool

Impressions of Summer in the City (7) – the penthouse / a secret hideaway garden

Summer in the City is another great installation of Riosisco Productions (Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni). I had a lot of fun exploring and I might visit again, just to see more details that I missed on this first visit. Thank you very much, Fred and Lotus, for this Summer fun.

Landmark to Summer in the City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/You%20and%20me/62/28/4050
Randonee Noel’s video on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/randoneenoel/50135323733
Riosisco Productions flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/riosisco/