Written 21 August, 2011
Phyneas Jack's Lookout
Tonight I found myself at loose ends and teleported to a few locations to see if they were still around.
First up was Phyneas Jack's Lookout, a little shack perched precariously atop thin poles in the Rodeo sim. It's at the end of a long ridge that marks the eastern terminus of the Forest of Karuhvel, which lies within the Stinson, Rodeo, Noyo, and Cowell regions.
The lookout is positively ancient by Second Life standards, perhaps six years old. I know it was one of the first places I found when I first rezzed in October 2006. Ever since, it's been one of my favorite places to stand. I go there whenever I take the notion. Sometimes there's no one there and I savor the silence. Sometimes others are present, and I have nice conversations, for they're there for the same reason as I-- to enjoy the place.
The views are stunning-- the narrow ridge behind, cliffs on the other three sides, overlooking land at lower elevations and the sea beyond.
For years a storm raged below, just about where the campfire is now.
The storm has been gone a long time now. I miss it.
When I arrived this evening an avatar named Harry Swashbuckler was standing on the roof, taking in the view.
The lookout is one of Harry's favorite places, too. I told him about the rainstorm. One thing led to another and I looked up the website of the Phyneas Jack Memorial Trust, which is dedicated to preserving the Forest of Kahruvel. Harry told me he had seen Salazar Jack (one of the trustees) in the area a few weeks earlier. Since I knew Salazar is still around, I wrote a notecard and dropped it on his profile, asking him to bring the rainstorm back.
Who knows... maybe the next time I visit it'll be raining.