…it was a great ride…

The virtual world of Second Life provides opportunities, challenges, new, old, change…  We have lived them all,  just as we do in our every day real life world.  Everyone handles these very differently…and probably most handle a virtual event differently than they might handle a similar event in real life.  The one thing that is really not the same…when something in our virtual life just disappears.  It is rarely a challenge we have to face in real life as we usually know why something disappears…we lost it, we moved away from it, we didn’t nourish it, it passes away, etc.  But in Second Life, a friend can just never log in again; a shop might just close with no warning; a region…a place we have created and enjoyed and shared…can just “pooof” !


If you have followed my blog, or my Flickr photostream or if you know Jac or me, you are aware that we have been part of the SL surf community for a few years.  Jac maintained a surf sim in the Costa Rica Sims Estate for the enjoyment of all prior to our relationship.  This was where we hosted our first SLSA surf comp in early 2009.  After leaving that estate and setting up our own sims in June 2009, together we provided a public surf experience on Sol Mañanero!  We hosted our second SLSA surf comp in the fall of 2009.  At first, we were fully tropical with a small shopping area that included merchants such as LeLutka, Jak Surf, Namiko, Frankie Miles… and then after nearly a year, we made the decision that we needed a change.  The shopping area was taken down and a beautiful waterfall, stream and tropical forest were put in its place.  The surf still crashed upon the beach, but it was a more natural break than before.  We had a few residents living out on the surf sim for nearly a year too, and found that they were always happy to have such a beautiful home.  We also provided a dive area too… natural beauty under the surf!

Then…everyone might remember that we had a MAJOR change in October 2010 when we went full arctic surf and winter solstice…and we had ICE and SNOW everywhere!  This was such a beautiful change as well…and welcomed for many reasons.  The surf sim was placed on Showcase by Torley in January 2011 and visitors came in droves to see the seal colony, the orcas and the narwhals under the Northern Lights.  In February 2010, we hosted our third SLSA surf comp…and the surfers had the most unique lag-free (and chilling) experience ever!

As Jac and I looked back over our Second Life and we discussed how things had progressed and changed, we were planning our next sim design.  We did want to move out of Winter and into a warmer season, and had many discussions on just what we might create.  Tasmania was an idea often mentioned…the wild  uninhabited coastline with the huge wave crashing at Shipsterns.  But as we thought more about it… it became more apparent that maybe we didn’t need to provide a surf sim any longer.  Looking back over the two years, we realized that very few SL surfers used our sim.  It was enjoyed much more by non-surfers who came to enjoy the beach, the water, and the view…more for the relaxation and the photo-op, than anything else.  Sooo….a huge decision was made and executed quickly…and on March 28, 2011, Playa Sol Mañanero was removed from the grid.

If you ever had a chance to visit our beach …during tropical days or arctic freeze… we hope you enjoyed your stay.  I’ve seen many gorgeous photos taken on our sims, and am happy that those memories can be contained in some medium.  Will I miss having a surf sim at my doorstep…?    Yes…but change is part of any life…and YES… it WAS a great ride…

’til next time…


p.s.  Sol Mañanero is still under reconstruction…but I’ll share more when we have it near completion.

Winter in Motion

Have been playing with FRAPS again and trying to do a few machinima projects.  My patience isn’t that great with it and I am only using MS MovieMaker for now, but have produced a couple of videos of our sims… Am going to try to do more, but wanted to share here…

The first is of just our Arctic Surf sim…watching the wave crashing, orcas splashing … both daylight and dark:

The second is a walk/flight around both and primarily capturing the overall view of our home sim.  We make changes every day so it might not look the same if you visit:

Enjoy and do come visit our Arctic Surf and Winter SOLstice environment 🙂


~~The Winter SOLstice Celebration~~

YULE by Corinne Whitby

Winter returns,
Bringing short, cold days and long, dark nights.
But all around us,
Bright against the dark background of the season,
Moments of light abound.
The warm glow of a fire in the hearth,
Candles in the night.
The pale but welcoming brightness of the winter sun
hanging low in the sky.
The moon.
A star.
The bright radiance of a child’s face lit up with a joy that holds nothing back.
An inner glow of satisfaction as I recall a bright memory to treasure forever.
A spark of light at the thought of a friend.
I wish for you Bright Blessings of many such moments of light this winter.

Join us on Friday, December 17th at 7pm SLT to for an early celebration of the
Winter SOLstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  Our sims have been completely
recreated into an arctic winter blast!  Dress warmly as we will party on the ice as
DJ Azu Catteneo lays down some awesome beats.  And be sure to turn your
environment to “region default” or set to 9pm or midnight before you arrive.

Before, during or after the party, experience the Arctic Surf in SL…surfing with the
orcas as the icebergs drift around you…Show us your spins on the iced over lake…
Hop on a sled and zip down our sled hill onto the ice.  Explore and share the freshness of winter with the animals as they graze and watch from around the sims.

We hope you will come experience Winter SOLstice with us and look forward to
seeing you here!   Please feel free to invite your friends, the more the merrier!  🙂