My friend Kurt Davenport told me about a new sim added to the already fabulous Calas Galadhon sims and I immediately made plans to visit this wonderful land by horseback. Those of you who have followed this blog over the past 6 years know my most absolute, favorite place in Second Life is anywhere in Calas Galadhon. One of my very first blog posts covered Calas when it was still a small 1 or 2 sim park with tobogganing and downhill ski and skating recreations. My two long time friends Tymus Tenk and Truck Merideth have put their heart and soul and endless time into making this the top wonder of Second Life in my opinion. I even remember Tymus in 2008 (who was then an elf) showed me his one deep forest sim called "The Forest Of Lothlorian". This was the original first sim which turned into the main Calas Galadhpn sim. At that time it was a deep, lush forest with a tree house where he lived. As it grew and expanded I have covered these magical places with photo's and stories throughout the years as a blogger and was relieved when we all heard our blogs would not be culled and would be saved. So many changes captured forever here. So...
You could not keep me, my horse and my camera away.... (pictures can be enlarged by clicking)
I took the scenic route starting in South Farling in mid afternoon with plenty of provisions and meandered through out the Dimrill Dale, Grey Havens, Mirrormere to the Misty Mountains and reached Long Lake and Armenelos by sunset....
I cannot possible visit the area without always stopping to see the memorial of some of our long lost, fallen but not forgotten friends. Ars Northmead and Marcus Steeplechase especially...
The sunset was beautiful as I passed through The Misty Mountains...
Before me....Long Lake...
I love deep, lush forest and I confess that when I used to own land I would strive to replicate what I could of some of the features and landscaping that Tymus and Truck have created here. I miss having my own land and creating landscaping and terraforming.
As the birds began to slowly become silent only to be replaced by the deafening chorus of crickets I knew night was quickly approaching and so headed for the comfort of The Dolphin Cafe....
The Dolphin Cafe has regular live singers and performers grace their outdoor stage and hopefully I will catch one of the acts when I am not trapped in real life.
I hunkered down at the bar for a drink of wine or two before heading for a cozy bench by a roaring fire to rest my body and weary legs until I drifted into deep sleep.
What a great trip and what a gorgeous reward that awaited me at Long Lake... I think I might stay here for another day ;-)
Once again Tymus and Truck have outdone themselves and created a slice of heaven that no one else in Second Life can even come close to creating.The masters. Period!!!!
If you visit the sims please donate any amount of Linden to help them pay the enormous tier and to help keep the best place on Second Life alive. Their are donation boxes throughout the sims.
Here are some of my older blog posts about Calas Galadon:
The Beginning: Calas Galadhon Opens: 2009
Excellent Video; Calas Galadhon | Treet TV