Update – and Ouch! Within 24 hours of posting this, Willow Spring Ranch has been taken down! SLurls removed as a result.
Once again we’ve been drawn to a region on the recommendation of Shakespeare and Max. Willow Spring Ranch is offered as a place for couples and friends to visit, explore and enjoy. A rugged setting, this Homestead region presents a rich landscape surrounded by tall, green mountains and water.
Designed by Gazza Tremor on behalf of region holder Brandi Darkwatch (Brandi Wycliffe), it’s a place blending multiple activities. Trails wind through the landscape, offering a route of exploration across both the high plateaus and the low-lying regions such as the beach. These can be followed on foot or – if you have a wearable horse – can be ridden (horse riding is expressly encouraged in the region).
As well as riding and walking, the region offers several places for dancing – most notably a large deck towards the west side of the region, overlooking the seas below. Games are also on offer, particularly down on the pier that brackets one side of the region’s beach.
For those who don’t fancy walking, the path north from the landing point leads to a bridge and, beyond it, a barn. Outside of this (among other things) is a bicycle rezzer – although I confess both Caitlyn and I found the winding paths alongside the barn and crossing the rest of that plateau difficult to navigate from the bicycle saddle!
With its open spaces, lack of buildings, its woodlands and lowlands, Willow Spring Ranch is a little different to many of the public regions usually found in Second Life. The design of the paths and trails lead the way around the region in such a way as to give the impression this is a park covering a large area, the paths naturally offering a way around it in such a manner that adds to the feeling the region is larger than is the case.
If you do have a wearable horse (or similar) for riding, Willow Spring Ranch might be a very worthwhile visit; but even if you are on foot, the region offers a lot to see and opportunities for a little outdoor relaxation, be it dancing or just sitting and talking. There’s even the option for 10-pin bowling!