I know I’m becoming woefully behind in my text generation for this blog, but I still thought it time to credited 2 newer SL explorer friends for their most excellent research, and some I’ve been using this morning. Because, yes, according to Kou Umaga’s Jeogeot category from his fabulous Rabbit Sky Pirate Adventure blog (don’t know how he finds these things!), a central rise of Jeogeot, peaking at about 158 meters according to both our calculations, represents the highest point of this southernmost Linden continent. This is the peak I just explored last night, and, noticing the elevation, remembered something about Kou mentioning the highest part of Jeogeot being about this height. It’s a very interesting spot, just west of what we’re calling Sunklands in this blog. Specifically, the peak lies in the Yalu sim, near the corner of Yalu, Hugh’s Rise (west), Huntsman (southwest), and Ungseokbong (south). I won’t give the SLurl because it seems to lie on private property, but it’s easy enough to find.
The map at the top of Kou’s Jeogeot category’s 1st page shows the elevation and general spot of the rise (just south of the continent’s likewise central Korean Channel).
For the record, as far as I can tell the highest spot inside Sunklands itself is — I’m going to trust Kou’s map without going inworld to check — about 132 meters. This would be in the Mount Owen sim, I’m guessing, somewhere along the southern border, and between Big Sink and Blackmount Sink. Keep in mind that Jeogeot residents can terraform a range of 4 meters up or down from the original level of their land, often making exact calculations of various “official” elevations difficult or impossible.
Sometime soon, I also want to list the various lowest elevations of the 6 Sunklands sinks, just for the fun of it.*
Kou’s Jeogeot section of his blog also gives SLurls for rezz zones on the continent along major routes and waterways. These don’t interest me as much personally, given that I simply “wear” my basically only means of artificial locomotion (modified Arcadia Asylum bicycle), but to others traveling or attempting to travel around the continent in different, varied ways, they may be super handy to know. He also includes the SLurl of 4 infohubs on the Linden landmass, along with 1 hotel presently. Then following this — presently again — are published 17 individual posts on his own various Jeogeot explorations, mainly using established routes but sometimes straying off more beaten paths as well, as I tend to do most often. For each post, it seems, Kou also provides a map of the trail he beats that particular day or set of days.
My basic complaint about Kou’s blog — no fault of Kou’s, of course (!) — is that it is in written in Japanese, and although you can use the often handy google translator provided in the right hand frame of the blog site to convert the text to any number of languages, the English translation at least is, well, let’s leave it as “sketchy”. Maybe other language translations are better using this tool. But at least I can get the *gist* of what Kou is saying (kind of), and his wonderful pictures and maps speak for themselves aside from any native tongue barriers.
One of my favorite posts from his Jeogeot category is this one, where he travels through the very heart and soul of Sunklands, including Lill Burn Valley, Big Sink, and all the way east to Second Sink even. Nice… very familiar landscapes here.
This post is also especially interesting to me, since Kou makes a rather concerted effort to explore and explain the environs of what I call Nowtown and Zen City, birthplace (seemingly) of our Little Robert Plant Variant who had a quite prominent place in this blog the second part of last year.
Which nicely segues, as it turns out, into a discussion of a second Japanese explorer/blogger I also had the great pleasure to discover and befriend this past year a bit, who I know as simply Ujiyasu. The @YAMATO blog describing her various SL explorations, throw in a good helping of RL related posts as well, is here. As it turns out, Ujiyasu also discusses in some depth about the Nowtown/Zen City locale in one post of her blog, which I made several replies to at the general time of its publication. Ujiyasu, like Kou Umaga, also has a Jeogeot category (in a drop down list this time). As I’m looking at the blog right now, I also notice she has links at the top for major categories discussed therein, which includes Jeogeot as well. Now although her exploring schedule is rather new compared to, say, mine (looks like all Jeogeot related posts date from this year), she’s methodically carving up the continent in these posts into handy, digestible bits for easy reading, as well as talking quite a lot already about other mainland areas such as the ever popular Heterocera and its SLRR (and just to note, since I forgot to mention it above, Kou also has mucho information about other mainland continents as well on his blog).
Of particular interest to me in the Jeogeot ramblings so far is Ujiyasu’s coverage of Chilbo. I’ll just go ahead and give links to the 6 part series (so far):
Admittedly there’s a bit of language barrier to overcome in understanding much of the @YAMATO blog for English readers such as myself, but not quite as much as with Kou’s Rabbit Sky Pirate Adventure. And, once again, many fine pictures are presented to help guide one through the various journeys, as well as supplemental maps.
Hats off to both Kou and Ujiyasu for their hard work and effort!
* I went ahead and did this last night. Surprisingly, it looks like one of the smaller sinks, Lill Burn Valley is actually the deepest at about 30 meters above the bottom of the world (water level usually lies at 20 meters). Big Sink is at about 35 meters elevation, and Aotearoa, Otaki Gorge, and Blackmount are all at around 45 meters. Second Sink or Oolamoo-Drews Sink — hold on, I’ll have go inworld to check (drum roll): looks like about 35 meters or so as well, just like Big Sink. Listed out in order of depth, then:
1. Lill Burn Valley – 30 meters
2. Big Sink – 35 meters
2. Second Sink/Oolamoo-Drews Sink – 35 meters
4. Aotearoa Sink – 45 meters
4. Blackmount Sink – 45 meters
4. Otaki Gorge – 45 meters