Crossing Sands in Second Life

Crossing Sands; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr Crossing Sands Marina (Flickr) – click any image for full size

Fellow Brit Geoff Qunnell posted an image of his club and boat slips at Richmond Landing, which forms a part of the Crossing Sands community and estate, and it served to remind me that while I started exploring the estate earlier in the year, I never actually got around t completing my explorations or blogging about them. So I set out to put matters to right.

Operated and managed by Little Anwyl (LittleUnicorn Meredith) and her partner Q Anwyl (Kejwla Anwyl), Crossing Sands is an estate of 32 regions, mostly residential homesteads, which have been designed as a themed estate with a distinctly Californian tone to it. Community focused, it offers a range of attractions to residents and visitors alike, including motorbike and car racing tracks (one at ground level, the rest up in the air and reached via the teleport stations to be found around the estate),  driving, boating and flying.

Crossing Sands; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr Richmond Landing at Crossing Sands (Flickr)

As it had been several months since my initial visit, I decided to initially re-acquaint myself with the estate by flying out of the local airport  and seeing what had changed since my initial visit (this also gave me the opportunity to try the air racing course!). After this, and on my return to the airport, I took to the road in my trusty (if now a little old and in need of a mesh replacement) 435 GT.

Driving around the estate is another excellent way of finding out about what there is to see and do. The road system connects all of the regions in the estate, using both bridges and tunnels to span the waterways between the various parts of the estate. A drive also helps to get a feel for the various styles of housing used within the estate and what will fit with the theme if you’re interested in becoming a part of the community. It’s also a good way to meet some of the locals.

Crossing Sands; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr Touching down at the airport serving Crossing Sands (Flickr)

For those who like to take to the water, sailing and boating is easily accomplished. There are numerous places where boats can be rezzed. I opted to use the Crossing Sands marina for my explorations on the water, which I’m also using as the main SLurl in this article. Do be warned, however, that the bridges in the estate don’t open, so you’ll need to have non-physical masts to safely pass under them if sailing.

The “downtown” areas of the estate are suitably urban in nature, and given the road system that’s available, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of car dealerships to be found here, alongside smaller business districts, such as Richmond Landing. A number of clubs can be found within the estate, offering social opportunities, as well as attractions such as 10-pin bowling and hang gliding.

Crossing Sands; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr Crossing Sands (Flickr) – click any image for full size

Should you be interested in renting a parcel or beach house at Crossing Sands, a good place to start is the rental office, located across from the marina I mentioned above. The parcels are all of a generous size, while for those needing a smaller place to call home, the beach houses might be a suitable option.

Whether you looking for somewhere to put down roots in SL, or enjoy exploring themed communities, Crossing Sands is well worth a visit. Should you do so, be aware that although many of the regions are rated Adult, this is not actually indicative of overt adult activities taking place in any of them.

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