Wow! Just finishing up this post before calling it a day on blogging and heading inworld to check out the following attraction for myself. My only concern is that, with my glasses off and a face-mask on, is my eyesight good enough to see the attractions? 🙂
Yep, Tess has done it again on Naked Dreams. Two separate scuba diving tours under the waters of Naked Dreams, one around the observation platform, the other in the environs of the sunken galleon. And it looks like a stunning experience.
I promised you a while back that Areola was returning, and this is the first report she’s filed. And what a report! Without further ado, I’ll hand over to Areola…
When I first came into Second Life and was exploring the naturist possibilities of the grid, the name of Tess came up a few times, as I was encouraged to visit Naked Dreams and with a nod and a wink encouraged to explore everything about it. I didn’t understand. Then it was explained that Tess has always built in a manner that had little hidden treasures. The phrase ‘priest holes‘ was used to describe her manner of building. I had to have that explained to me, too. These are little concealed areas in English homes where a priest of the Catholic faith could hide, or use to escape, during a time of religious persecution during the reign of Elizabeth I. And that is maybe a phrase that came back to me having experienced the Naked dreams Scuba Tours. A place where you can escape, a place where you can have hidden treasures of building, a place of safety, solitude and tranquility.
I am astonished by the detail Tess has put into just this, her little undersea hidden treasure, a place where you could maybe even miss if exploring Naked Dreams for the first time.
Miss it at your peril. I took my friend Mark to explore. He did one tour (of the sunken galleon) while I did the other, and if you’re going to have one naturist experience in SL this weekend, make sure it is this one. I am not a poet, I don’t have the words to provide full justice to the exceptional build, but there are vibrant colours, wonderful scenery, and an interactive sound and text experience to enjoy, making it remarkable!
It’s sometimes possible to get a little jaded in Second Life. You can only experience only so many shopping malls before it becomes dull. Maybe this is why people grow tired of the game sometimes. Not enough is new. Not enough is unique. But this is new. And this is unique. If all of SL was like this, then SL’s number would be approaching Facebook style numbers.
An important message I also took away from the experience (my own message, not one proposed by Tess) is that man’s interference destroys nature. The best we can do is to ensure that we only interfere in a benign way, as tourists in a world we barely understand. That way, the beauties of man’s last unknown frontier on the planet can continue to thrive and delight all of us.
My friend Mark also enjoyed the experience of the sunken galleon. I know Harry has tried to imagine, some times, what Second Life might have looked like before the Lindens 🙂 What SL might have looked like in the 1950s for example. And here we can see that, long before mesh, physics, flex hair and prim boobs, there was a SL where pirates, buccaneers and navies patrolled the grid, seeking out treasures and new worlds.
‘I think that we’re maybe pirates and buccaneers in a new digital era’, said Mark when I voiced this. ‘We’re seeking out new experiences, even in a digital way, and Tess has certainly achieved that’.
Bravo, Tess! Bravo, Naked Dreams! You have broken new ground, I think, in how SL should progress. An unpreached message, an experience for thoughtfulness, an experience that pushes the boundaries of what SL can and should be.
Ella adds…’You can begin the first scuba tour from here. At its conclusion you can walk from where you surface, to the end of the nearby jetty, and begin the second tour (of the galleon) from a second ‘immersion point’. The air tank, flippers and mask are all available at either start point. For those who aren’t naturist, the ‘freebie’ kit also includes a wet suit, you can go as bare as you wish…or don’t! I should also add that, while nudity is encouraged at Naked Dreams, it isn’t enforced -testament to the laid back ‘live and let live’ attitudes found in RL & SL naturists. So if you are ‘textile’, or don’t wish to bare your bits, it’s still an experience you can, and should, enjoy.’
Edited to add….Ella….there’s a third scuba tour, hahaha, which takes in ‘the trippy tunne’, and ‘the round room’. But I ain’t telling you where it is! Maybe if you fix up that tour with Tess, she’ll show ya! Love, Pookes 🙂