When I’m restless I tend to lately get on in the wee hours and wander the places listed in the destination guide or where my favorite SL bloggers have taken pictures at. One forever night I went to a recommended beach and it was so beautiful. There are a lot of areas to the sim, Gale Storm Retreat, but after checking out the country fun areas, the beach called to me. I haven’t been back to a beach since just before my 15th birthday, right before we moved from CA. And I miss the call of that wild and beautiful ocean. So this is just a “oh, pretty pictures” post. At first I played with my windlights, since I generally leave it on CalWL, so that’s why it’s a little lighter at first. Then I turned on local WL and my jaw dropped. I turned up my graphics while hanging out and imagined myself into the storm. If you’re in the mood for a very fascinating place, you must check out this sim. Like I said, this is only the beach. There’s a barn dance hall, some fun little buildings, and join the group (500L, but you get GG poses and more…); once you join you can rez vehicles to drive their roadway, which is the best scenic roadway I’ve found so far in SL since I became a mesh only snob. If you’re into building your flickr feed as an SL blogger, I highly recommend you visit. You’ll find so many themes to work with. And on we go…
First, I found my first pose and started playing with WLs. Although this is far from the best, there’s something magical about it, so I kept the picture. Plus, check out that skirt! I’m hardly out of it since Facepalm put it out. Jean skirt top with a sheer skirt that is uber feminine. As fun sized as I am, I’d need to be on Gene Simmons’ shoes to wear something this long and flowy in real life! *laugh*
After the Red Moments WL I hit the dusky and that’s when I realized that there was a storm experience built into the sim. Turn to local WL, turn up graphics, and turn up your ambient noises. *happy sigh* This is the realization pic that there is something awesome going on…
I finally got everything set and was so mesmerized I forgot to change pose even. *grin* Gives me a chance to show off the killer Letis Tattoo I found while cleaning inventory the other night. I lost that for a few months. Anyway, check out the lightning, the sun beams poking through, the birds flying around the little stilt house, and the crashing waves.
Back to the left is a cute little seating spot (which I also happen to have at home), where you can see the ramp leading to the ocean, the start of the beach, and really get a good view out into the storm clouds.
Down on the beach were several seating areas. While listening and watching I felt a bit nostalgic for those annual trips to the ocean, plus, it kind of mirrored how my mind and heart have felt lately with all of the roller coaster emotions. When I found this pose I sat back and did the same thing. Closed my eyes, bowed my head, and listened. I threw every fear, financial worry, and swirling emotions out into the raging storm, and I let them rage until the weight lifted. Maybe that’s what I missed most from my youthful trips to the ocean. I always sat and mentally threw my problems into the ocean, and let them be wild, and when I picked up the last of them at the end of the day my heart and mind would be calm again. I forget to lay down my problems to The Maker and instead I pray for strength to keep managing or learn to control. I forgot to turn over my emotions to Him and tried to get help to be a strong fighter, when we’re doing His work. He is giving us the chance to find and love someone without a forever home, and is arranging for us to find her. Thank you, Aunt Ina, for helping me remember. I was blessed to learn about this sim at just the right time.
Curled up in the chair with the storm raging in front of Bre and I, I found some peace.