Virtual Flat Tire at the Relay for Life

Sunday I’d planned to go to SL’s Relay for Life’s camps, do a personal pilgrimage, and the closing ceremonies of the Relay. Well I almost made it!

There was a virtual world problem with actually getting to the closing ceremonies. When I tried to get to the actual location I kept crashing. I could get close but when I tried to teleport into the actual closing ceremonies sim I would crash. Think of it as if you tried to get to a party in the physical world and your car had a flat tire.

So early Sunday morning I started walking around the RFL walking track and investigating the camps. The camps are an enjoyable tradition of the Relay for Life of Second Life where the teams sponsoring parts of the walking track.

They ranged from the very camp like “Camp Snailo”

Camp SnailoTo “Camps” that were a bit more grand.

Some Are Grand

I actually spent more time at Camp Snailo than any of the others. I enjoyed it and actually got myself a giant racing snail.


I don’t know if I’ll ever race my snail but I think its neat to be a snail.

There were nature like camp sites. Some in a cave and others under the sky.

Elaborate natureOpen nature

A bit of personal preference in choosing this picture, I’m a sucker for unicorns.

Some groups preferred urban setting.

Urban settingWelcome to Media RowThere are lots of camp sites. After a while I got tired and sat and relaxed for a while.

Sometime you just need to sit

There is a lot more to see.

Sailing is very popular in Second Life. The sailors were out working in the fight against cancer.

Sailing Sponsers

I even have a sail boat. Although I prefer my cabin cruiser when I feel like being on the water.

Even Dragons Are Joining the Fight

Even the dragons are joining the fight. It didn’t dawn on me until Monday I should have worn my dragon avatar and greeted my friend here.

After all this walking it time for a BIG breakfast.

How About a BIG Breakast It took me most of the day to just make it one time around the long Relay For Life of Second Life’s track. One thing you hear from many people all day was “Why I walk?”

My answer is very clear and personal. I walk for Mom. Breast cancer took her thirty years ago but even today the pain of I felt still haunts me. I can remember sitting by her hospital bed and praying she would just let go and escape the pain of the cancer that was eating her alive. If I can help spare anyone that feeling I will and the Relay for Life of Second Life is a wonderful way to help.

After completing my  circuit I sat by the Luminaria I got for Mom and remember the good times.






The Marching HAS begun

RFL BannerThings got started at 1 pm Eastern time with the opening ceremonies. As is usual in Second Life there was a dedicated radio station broadcasting into all the areas used in the RFL. There were stories of people dealing with cancer as well as reports of the various teams. The marching hadn’t begun  and will continue into Sunday  yet the Relay for Life of Second Life already has already gathered a quarter of a million US dollars.

Kick Off-2As you see there were quite few people at the opening ceremonies. There will even be events when I am sleeping. This is an international effort to fight cancer. This makes sense since SL residents are from all over the world.

This IS an Internation Fight Against Cancer

Since this is a march it seems appropriate to show a map of the march route.

The courseEach of those green dots is a person. Either a survivor, a care giver, or a person cheering on the marchers.  For technical reasons there are a lot more people doing the march than were at the opening ceremonies. When you try to fit too many people in one small area the computer server for that area slows down and may even crash if it is over loaded.

The first marcher were cancer survivors and care givers. ( I blanked their names out. )


After that the many teams that helped raise he funds marched.

The Dancing CatThis was actually one of the fund raising groups that performed a dance routine for the early marchers. Only in SL are you going to get a cat that is part of a dance troop.

SL' s Relay for Life Also Has Families Supporting the  Cause

Some families even formed fun raising groups.

Cheer the Marchers

There were even some just people cheering the marchers on. Of course there were also those unique Second Life activities.

After a hard day pounding the pavement SL residents do know how to party.

SL People Also Know Party

( I wonder if he/she knows the dancing kitty. )

Remember there are more things going on Sunday and through the night. I’ll cover that after I get some sleep.





















Let the giving begin

RFL BannerToday (Saturday July 18, 2015) is the Start of the big fund raising weekend for RFS SL. Full of fun activities and solemn remembrances as well as fund raising.

On a personal note. It is a weekend for both joys and tears for me. I lost my mother to breast cancer. I hope this helps keep others from having to endure the pain of losing a loved one.

A quick aside. Some people reading this blog are not familiar with virtual worlds and will say, “How much money can a bunch of avatars in a virtual world raise?” In 2014 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over four hundred thousand US dollars for the American Cancer Society. That is money you can put in the bank not virtual currency. BTW The American Cancer Society is now world wide not just the US.

I will update this blog through out the weekend. Pictures from before things begin.

Overall RFL Empty

RFL of SL 2015

RFL of SL 2015_002

I didn’t have early access to the site so I got these images of before things begin from Daniel Voyager’s Blog. During my updates I’ll have pictures I made.

Things get started at 10 am Pacific time in the US.

Cooper Creek Wilderness Area

I first heard of this area a week and a half ago. I planned to go take photographs but physical life (PL) keeps getting in the way. Tuesday morning I realized that I had to force myself to do it if I wanted it to happen.

Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness

This is not a great artistic photograph but it shows clearly one of the reason’s I’ve lived in Second Life for a decade. The residents care about those that are less fortunate. This weekend July 18 and 19 will be the tenth Relay for Life in Second Life. So far over 2 million US dollars has been raised. Let me repeat that is over TWO MILLION US DOLLARS that is not virtual in world currency it is real physical world cash.

Back to the more artistic images of the Cooper Creek Wilderness are of SL.

Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness

As you can see this is a beautiful area. Cooper Creek Wilderness


Golf in Second Life

Dear Blogging 101 friends and viewers of this web blog,

Finding the jewel of the Emerald Crystal Golf Course in SL

I enjoyed playing golf in the physical world. So I tried dozens of simulator hoping to recapture that feeling. What I enjoyed was walking the course and just enjoying the experience of being in nature. All the stand alone golf simulators concentrated on using a complicated swing HUD and ignored just enjoying being on the course to relax.

When Second Life came along I thought here is a place where you can enjoy just being on the course again. Sure enough in 2006 someone came up with a golf simulation in Second Life where I could enjoy being on the course again. Unfortunately the owners used a very complex swing HUD like the ones in the stand alone simulations. Sadly when you added in SL’s lag the swing became even more complex and unpredictable. You learned not to swing if there was a sail boat in the area.

Now some nine years later I found a golf course in SL where you can play a round and enjoy the scenery the owner LittleSusan Teardrop has created. Its Emerald Crystal Golf Course at

What are these?

They are links to places in the Second Life virtual world. If you are a Second Life user and your viewer is running a link to the location will appear in your viewer. It is a good way for existing Second Life users to find a place mentioned on a web site. For example when I take a picture in SL I try to include one of this links so other users can go to the location.

Love and Hugs, Willow