>There’s Whimsy & Then There’s Whimsy in Second Life


Woods of Whimsy  (general)

You’d think a forest would be a forest wherever you go in any life.  Not so, particularly on the grid where you can take inspiration from just about any time and anywhere and build something fabulous for people to enjoy.
The first forest I went to see today was the Woods of Whimsy  “A Tolkien-inspired park currently featuring an educational recreation of Stonehenge circa 1500 BCE.” 

Woods of Whimsy  (general)

Attached to the two other islands owned by the James Madison University, this recreation of Stonehenge is a wonderful opportunity to learn and if you’ve ever wanted to know more about this ancient site but couldn’t get there in person you will love this.  Detailed, easily understood information is available without large billboards or lectures.  If you’d rather just enjoy the woods you won’t feel like you’re skipping school.
If you’ve had your fill go next door to the Cultural Arts Museum and explore the Parthenon or visit the exhibits on everything from Egyptian mummifying techniques to Asian Art.

Woods of Whimsy  (general)

My second visit was to a destination I saw mentioned by Chestnut Rau.  Although the name might conjure up visions of one giant fruit bearing structure,  Orange Tree is actually another forest but inspired by a more romantic fantasy and I don’t think there are any educational components. :)

Orange Tree  (moderate)
I loved the layout of the island.  There are tunnels that lead to surprising areas and, even if there are others there, it’s easy to hide (if you wish) and enjoy the surroundings in peace.
Make sure to adjust your environment occasionally – midnight seems perfect for many areas.  
I’d recommend both of these destinations for somebody wanting to escape the noise and drama of any world.

Orange Tree  (moderate)
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