Around the Friedsee region, part of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, there is a riding path that goes through a series of beautifully-landscaped areas where some of the citizens of the CDS make their homes. As part of CDS’s Oktoberfest celebration, yesterday Delia Lake, a designers of the sim, led a horseback tour of region and the trail. She’s leading another one today at 3pm SLT! If you’d like to go, you can go in world and IM her to transport you there. (Don’t be shy: she’s very nice.)
Click on the first picture to be able to see the slides at their proper size, with the commentary. More words after these pictures, by the way.
The trail starts off of one of the cobbled roads that wind through this part of the CDS. I didn’t think to get a picture of the horse rezzer, because I was too busy failing spectacularly to use it right!
The foliage is already being changed out for (Northern Hemisphere) fall. There are some beautiful trees on the way.
I had a little trouble guiding my horse at first, but at least I was able to keep my seat with judicious wing flapping.
There are wild horses grazing by the river, which is also a good swimming spot. Like a lot of what we saw on the trip, this is CDS common land.
There were some beautiful buildings along the way. Here’s Delia in front of one of them.
Note the blue sign. There are a few remarkable parcels available in the CDS. (I know I keep bubbling over about the CDS, but I really, really like it. You might, too, if you want a beautiful sim with interesting, friendly neighbors. OK, OK, I’ll stop.)
A pretty little cottage along the way.
At one spot we found a picnic table dispensing sandwiches, mulled cider, and even beer via magical taps. Considering my uncertain riding, I decided to stick to cider, but I somehow failed to get the mug as far as my hand. You would think this would not be so complicated for someone with 10 years experience being a virtual person.
Delia had a glass of beer. Closer up, you can see that she’s one of those rare elders in Second Life who presents as an elder, while maintaining her style and aplomb. I think that’s pretty neat, actually, which you probably guessed when I used the word “aplomb”.
Lilith had a sandwich. Maybe I got a better shot of her horse in another picture. I loved these horses. They even had wings and (supposedly) a flying feature! Sticking with what appeared to be the theme for the day, though, I couldn’t get that to work. Next time I’ll look at that a bit more closely because … flying horses!
Coming out of the forest above the monastery. That icy part you see in front of me is or soon will be a ski slope, for in-world skiing. 🙂
The views were wonderful! Maybe at some point I’ll go back to get better pictures, but this gives you an idea.
We rode back onto CDS roads to get to my house.
Crossing the river just before my house. There are waterfalls here.
You can see my house at the top of the cliff, and down at the bottom are a fishing dock (it provides the animation and gear, I believe) and swimming animations. I love that I can jump off a cliff behind my house directly into a beautiful lake!
Underwater there, you can find the magic rock with the swimming animations.
That’s Han Held on the right. Yes, of course she has a tail.
The swans, hilariously, were getting a little aggressive…just like First Life swans! Delia used her goddess-like powers to make the swan go play elsewhere. I’ve noticed that when you go for an outing, it’s especially convenient to bring a friend with goddess-like powers.
At the end of the tour we (me, Delia, Han Held, and Lilith Ivory) rode to my house in the nearby Alpine Meadow sim, where Delia pointed out that the water at the bottom of the tall cliff or slope behind my house contained water lily float sits and shell sits around the edge of the water and even a magic rock you can touch for swim animations. (OK, I know it’s not actual magic, but the fact that it’s hidden there more or less in plain sight makes it feel magical.)
And if you aren’t able to make it to today’s event, or if you want to repeat it (I’d go again in a heartbeat), IM me for a landmark to the starting point, where there’s a free horse rezzer! Just don’t look the horse in the mouth when you receive it: that’s bad form.
To use the rezzer,
- Select your horse
- Sit on the saddle. You’ll be given the horse you selected.
- Without climbing down off the saddle, wear the horse. Only in Second Life do instructions like these make any sense.
- Sadly, your horse goes empty and unscripted at the end of your ride, when you stand or detach it. Delete the horse from your inventory at this point (but you can always go back for another!)
I’m sorry my pictures of the ride aren’t more artful. I tried to take them as efficiently as I could while we were riding and talking, without holding things up too much, so I didn’t have the chance to play with Windlight or to get lots of interesting angles or anything. Have fun!
^^^\ Kate /^^^