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On 10/21/2019 at 4:53 PM, Daniel Voyager said:

Antelope Lake

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What windlight did you use here?  Thats so pretty, I'd like to live fulltime with that one 🥰

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After last week's trek through the hills of southern Bellisseria, I wanted to take a shorter hike. The new lands to the north looked inviting, and much more rugged than the hills of Red Bluff.  They are rugged enough, in fact, that I could not convince my horse to explore with me.

I headed for Whackamole Twin Falls, right at the spot where the southeast corner of Whackamole meets Copper Kettle.  The falls are an impressive starting point -- a good place to dally if you are a photographer..

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It's a bit of a climb on very slippery rocks.  I chose a path up the eastern falls which leads to a picturesque lake that is actually just over the line into Copper Kettle.

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From there, I turned northwest until I found the edge of the stream that flows down into the west falls from Whackamole Peak.

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I half expected to see deer or maybe spot a falcon in the treetops, but I must have made too much noise.  I could hear birds and rustling in the underbrush, but saw no wildlife.

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The hike up the stream isn't very strenuous, but it is fairly steep as you reach the upper falls. It made me a little giddy to look back down.

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There's a very deep lake above the upper falls, reminiscent of the lake I swam in at Red Bluff the other day, but with less vegetation around it. I was really tempted to swim there too, but the water temperature is a lot colder here in the north. I decided to pass.

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The view from the peak is magnificent. You can look to the north into the communities of Burnside and beyond. Further west yet, beyond the next peak, lies Learmont. You may remember that my horse and I rode through there in mid-summer.

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I hiked downslope into the trees at the edge of Burnside and then turned south again, following a grassy path into the new area of camping trailers at the north edge of Whackamole.

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Those are going to be prize places for new Bellisserians not long from now. Right now, they are unoccupied and very quiet. I spent a while wandering around, imagining how new residents will decorate these parcels. They are different from the lands in the south -- more forested and with many more flowering bushes.  I felt a little sorry that my horse hadn't come.  He does love flowers.

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Before I knew it, I was back to the little bridge that I had passed on my way upstream only an hour earlier.  As I said, it's not a very long hike, really just a simple loop to the summit and back.  The twin falls are only another 100m from here.  There was no reason to hurry home, I  realized, so I sat, watching butterflies and enjoying the autumn sunshine.  I would still be there except that I had to come back home to post this travelogue.

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Ah that's my house! I saw you around today Rolig, you captured the area beautifully. I've been watching with great interest and really pleased with the way the new camper regions have been developed next to my home. Looks like Whackamole is next (best region name so far imo) 😊

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What a beautiful spot for a house!  You are very lucky to have grabbed that one. It's right at the foot of the mountain, with that lovely little path into Whackamole. You'll enjoy exploring.  You're all ready for Halloween.  Those little ghosts are cute. If this were RL, you'd have lots of trick or treaters coming to visit next week.  Who knows?  Maybe in SL too.

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My wind in the willows house in Toad Hollow decorated for Halloween. Graphics aren't great cos I'm on my laptop 😏

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It's Halloween!  Well, almost, anyway.  I'm gradually getting over my fear of flying, so I decided to grab the broom and get out there again.  I'd hate to miss seeing what fun things Bellisserians are doing for the season.  Besides, as I discovered before, if I fly at night, hardly anyone notices.  I'm safe even if I really embarrass myself by falling off or by running into a tree. Everyone else is inside doing ... well, indoor stuff.

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There's a full moon out there.  Really lovely.  There's no perfect place to start a flight plan, but I have heard good things about Pickle Island's east side, so I headed for Blackwater Shoals -- sounds like a spooky place, right?

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There are lots of pumpkins in Blackwater Shoals and in Port Laury next door. Also some creepy looking gnarly trees. 

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In Sario, they seem fond of lighting and other special effects.  Many homes have blinking strings of lights.  I found this little tableau particularly inviting. I waved to the watchman but he was totally unresponsive -- asleep on the job. He reminded me a bit of my weird Uncle Harold after he retired and started wearing old PJs and slippers all day -- except that this guy didn't have the PJs.

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This guy wasn't talking either, but he had a snappy wardrobe and a well-kept flower garden.  And corn and pumpkins.

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Homeowners in Allweiss and Verdant Falls like pumpkins.  They also like music and sound effects. There's nothing quite as eerie as grinning Jack-O-Lanterns with Brahms' Lullabye somewhere in the background. I was impressed by how welcoming many homes are.  This homeowner even left his front door wide open.

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By the time I got into Verdant Falls, I finally found places with a bit of spirit -- like this spritely little ghost. He's not much for conversation, but at least he flies around and he's cute. He's almost like a cat --- a glowing green cat, but still........

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And then there's this fellow.  Talk about lively!  Not much of a dresser, but he really knows how to dance.  I was tempted to join him, but the resident who lives there has a security system with a 15 second fuse and I couldn't convince the dancer to set foot off the property.  He was friendly, though, a true gentleman.  He didn't even have a tip jar.  He was just dancing for fun.

If I had been smart, I would have ended the evening on a high note. But no, I got suckered into watching a low life at the other end of the porch. That guy could dance all right, but what a loser.  Talk about sleaze!  He had only one thing on his mind, and I wasn't having any of it.

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"Hey, pal!  My eyes are up here! Don't you know its rude to stare at a lady's pumpkins?" 

I've seen some weirdos in my life, but that guy made my skin crawl. Where do they dig up creeps like that? I yelled goodbye to the skinny guy at the other end of the porch and took off. I'll wait a while before I take the broom out of the closet again.

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Here's my modified Winchester.  I added a porch extension, spare room, and a garage.  There's also a prim chimney that I'm fiddling with because I felt it all needed to be evened out.  I wanted a tower but just couldn't figure out an elegant way to fit it in.

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Due to the off parcel landscaping I have no road access in the front thus the backward facing garage and a driveway taking up a good chunk of the backyard.  I guess that I tend to make room for at least a dozen cars shows how fanatical I am about cars in SL.  The backyard wall I originally created using the wall kit that came with the house, saw that its LI was over 70, then picked myself up off the floor and created my own that's LI 10.

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Though this far from done but I'm posting this because further progress is unlikely, I get super enthused when it comes to building but as far as decorating goes it's all I can do to get myself to put down a cat bed for Raven.  That concrete slab for a patio is the result of a night of prodding myself to do something.  I did add skins over the interior walls so that I could texture each room differently and, most importantly, I could texture them with something that didn't make me want to puke.

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1 hour ago, Knutz Scorpio said:

Here's my modified Winchester.  I added a porch extension, spare room, and a garage.  There's also a prim chimney that I'm fiddling with because I felt it all needed to be evened out.  I wanted a tower but just couldn't figure out an elegant way to fit it in.

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Due to the off parcel landscaping I have no road access in the front thus the backward facing garage and a driveway taking up a good chunk of the backyard.  I guess that I tend to make room for at least a dozen cars shows how fanatical I am about cars in SL.  The backyard wall I originally created using the wall kit that came with the house, saw that its LI was over 70, then picked myself up off the floor and created my own that's LI 10.

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Though this far from done but I'm posting this because further progress is unlikely, I get super enthused when it comes to building but as far as decorating goes it's all I can do to get myself to put down a cat bed for Raven.  That concrete slab for a patio is the result of a night of prodding myself to do something.  I did add skins over the interior walls so that I could texture each room differently and, most importantly, I could texture them with something that didn't make me want to puke.

I like your add-ons, you built them yourself?

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11 minutes ago, Marianne Little said:

I like your add-ons, you built them yourself?

Yup, built them myself, and after several revisions I think I've found and corrected all the gaps and protrusions.  LI for the room and garage I think is a little high, LI 17 each, probably because I went gable crazy.

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1 minute ago, Knutz Scorpio said:

Yup, built them myself, and after several revisions I think I've found and corrected all the gaps and protrusions.  LI for the room and garage I think is a little high, LI 17 each, probably because I went gable crazy.

I don't think that is high. You have just enough windows, I think. I have more windows in my add-on.

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I don't call it a tower, but a roof terrace. I don't have stairs. What a nightmare that would be to build, and a waste if LI. I lean heavy on others work for the railings, windows, doors et cetera. Still, I assembled it and built some.

 

 

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I just love looking at the actual house.  The inside is great but it would be great no matter where we were; the actual house is such a quaint perfect picture and it makes me happy.  It's nice to be able to increase the draw distance in a neighbourhood and look at the house in the context of other nearby houses, each one picture-perfect in its own right.

We opted for the Continental with the wrap-around add-on by Blush Bravin. Some Little Branch trees and a big-sky view from the porch. We landed in Everett and it's picture-perfect in that region!  Mainlander successfully converted ❤️

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Swapped things around a bit so I could put decorations out again. Getting ready for Bellisseria's trick or treaters, and for Riley's first ever Halloween! 🤩

((WL: Bryn Oh's Virginia Alone))

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1 hour ago, Clarrellae said:

I just love looking at the actual house.  The inside is great but it would be great no matter where we were; the actual house is such a quaint perfect picture and it makes me happy.  It's nice to be able to increase the draw distance in a neighbourhood and look at the house in the context of other nearby houses, each one picture-perfect in its own right.

We opted for the Continental with the wrap-around add-on by Blush Bravin. Some Little Branch trees and a big-sky view from the porch. We landed in Everett and it's picture-perfect in that region!  Mainlander successfully converted ❤️

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That's just lovely.  I particularly love the long grass in front - looks like LB too?

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2 hours ago, Nika Talaj said:

That's just lovely.  I particularly love the long grass in front - looks like LB too?

There are tufts of brown grass that are LB by the rails. The green grass is We're Closed.  Also three prims strategically spaced of Shade long grass because it comes with bird sounds and crickets 😁

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As time passed, the Victorian Continental became more and more derelict ... ghouls and goblins began to gather within and call it home. As Halloween approached, the neighbors were surprised by the sudden appearance of a cemetary surrounding the decaying pile which was now guarded by ravens, bats and a surly black feline. In the dark of night, bone-chilling screams and howls could be heard coming from the tower. Most were afraid to peer into the home's boarded up windows, but those brave enough to go near were shocked by the ghostly visions inside. Others swore to have seen a spectre appear at midnight in the attic gable, it was as if the grim reaper himself had taken up residence in this quiet corner of Bellisseria!

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You may remember that I set out from Sebek on September 7, headed up river to find a passage to Pickle Island's fabled lakes. If so, you probably also remember that I had to make a super-athletic leap up the falls in Parlouf to get there. Well, since then, those crafty moles have created many more waterfalls and I have had much more practice leaping up them.

Therefore, when the small voice in my head reminded me that I never finished that first journey, I decided it was time to go back and do it. 

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Parlouf Falls are just as scary now, but I took a good run at them, made a huge jump ....

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... and made it to the top, in Deer Pass.  I made a brief turn to the north, to see whether River Run was as pretty as I remembered.

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It definitely is. I don't recall taking time to smell the flowers before, or maybe they weren't in bloom then.  They are lovely now, and the homes are much more landscaped than they were before.  Residents have been busy! 

I couldn't wait to head back south,  though, to visit places I had not been to last time.

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There are a few narrow spots along the way, but the lakes widen to the south and become deeper, especially as you reach Esplin.  There, a small stream from the east offers a way into the much smaller Badger Lake, which lies on the border between Deer Pass and Badger Beach.  

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It's a straight, narrow body of water with a paved promenade on its east side. Despite the number of homes there, it's surprisingly bucolic. I even found a deer relaxing on the shore.

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Returning south and back to the main lake in Esplin, I swam through another long, narrow stretch,

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finally arriving at the south end of the lake system, in Sario, where it widens significantly.

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You can see from the green construction marker in the distance that moles are working hard not far beyond houses on the southern shore of the lake. Residents here have already settled in, though, despite the noise of hammering and heavy earth-moving equipment. It won't be long before this is no longer the frontier. 

There are still more lakes to the southeast in lands that are still being developed. I'm glad that I listened to my small inner voice and made a second trip to the Pickle Island lakes. When I come back again, maybe I will find a way to reach those remaining lakes.  Meanwhile, ...

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..... this is already a beautiful inland paradise. Even if you don't have a home here, it's a charming spot to visit.

I couldn't resist hopping up on the rocks to enjoy the afternoon sun, but I hadn't thought to pack a picnic lunch.  Maybe next time.   

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Este é o meu barco atual e, para mim, é como se a Amazônia terminasse no SL. Veja a liberdade de postar algumas fotos de uma cidade chamada Afuá, que fica no estado do Pará, onde há um clima típico da Amazônia, e onde há uma "ilha" Bellisseria no mundo real, um lugar cheio de núcleos, sabores e encantos . Este post é para lembrar que o mundo é diverso, às vezes bonito, e sim, ele realmente existe !!!

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This new area looks splendid!  I watched some Moles working on this amazing sandy campground!  Every site is uniquely beautiful.  WOW ♥ Railroad tracks skirting the lovely sandy delta. Dirt roads turn into packed sand tracks connecting a maze of sand islands and Houseboat moorings!  Well done, Moles and Lindens!

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This isn't my house; it's my friends @RaeLeeH's. =P

It's a lovely house all the same tho; even if you're just getting a perfect view of us talking it up on her back porch. n.n

I just love the simplicity of it. 💛Makes me still a little jelly I didn't get a beach-side house. Lawl.

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The northern hills of Bellisseria have been calling to me since I made the hike to the high point in Whackamole a couple of weeks ago. Not only do I love mountains and the back country, I also have a fondness for secluded swimming holes. Therefore, when someone mentioned that Orion Falls, to the east of Copper Kettle and Whackamole, has a string of alpine lakes, I decided not to wait a minute. I hiked to the end of a dirt road that leads to the easternmost of the lakes.

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This is steep country, more rugged even than Red Bluff, in southern Bellisseria.

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The lake I had heard most about is the largest in the hills, and it is beautiful. There's a wooded island in the middle, too. I can see why it is popular. It is too close to the nearby camping trailers for my taste, but otherwise very inviting.

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The falls for which Orion Falls is named lie to the northwest, an easy hike away. The falls are stupendous.  They empty into Orion Lake, which is shallow but quite large. There is a well-maintained dock on the eastern shore that is, again, a popular spot for swimmers and sunbathers. When I stopped to take a look, someone had just left a cooler and picnic basket and a couple of beach towels.

The hike from Orion Lake becomes strenuous quickly. The most picturesque route to the summit is up the falls, a triple cascade. At the top of the falls are two small lakes, neither of which is appealing to me for swimming.

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As you can see, one of them is quite rocky -- not even any grass, much less any bushes or trees.  The other one is even smaller and unfortunately a dumping ground for some of the locals.  I didn't dare investigate to find out what was in these two barrels, and I am more than a little concerned about what they will mean for the quality of water in Orion Lake below unless they clean it up soon.

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As I climbed the ridge on the western end of the larger lake, though, I could see a much prettier small lake below. Reaching it from this side, however, is a bit of a challenge. Rather than take a direct route down the slope, I decided instead to climb all the way to the peak and find a path down the western side.

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I am absolutely overwhelmed by the view from the top. It's actually just across the border into Copper Kettle. Unless I am mistaken, this is the highest point in Bellisseria (107m).  The peak in the distance, to the southeast, is in Fox Chase.  At 95m, I believe it is the second highest point in the continent.

In the photo above, you can just see the edge of the small lake I was headed for.  The hike up to it from that side is indeed easier, so if I had known before I started out, I would have come that way.

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See how steep the walls are? This lake is like a little pocket, hidden away behind sharp ridges and the main peak so that you have to make a deliberate effort to get here. There's no stream outlet to hint that it's up here either. It has no trees and bushes, but there's soft grass, right down to the bottom of the lake. This is just the sort of spot I was hoping to find. 

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It was already late afternoon by the time I got there, but I was in no hurry to hike back down.  I know I take a chance by sharing my trip notes here, but this lake is far enough off the beaten path that I suspect it will still attract only a few of the hardiest adventurers.  Just please don't tell too many of your friends.

 

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On 10/24/2019 at 6:35 AM, momomoonusagi said:

I think it's still a bit bare; but so far my efforts in decorating the living room I'd say is going well. 💛

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I think this is lovely:) Bare?..not at all, you'd think my place was empty by comparison lol.

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