We have a sort of swampy place for the Fairelands Junction this year, with obligatory portals to the various Faireland sims. As with last year, no use of the "experience tools" to send visitors packing to other regions via the portals, just trad-SL "open the map and click" things. Am I a shallow person to be vaguely disappointed by this? Probably.
But it's serene and peaceful and completely realistic... umm... except hello, what's this? It's... your actual stairway to heaven.
Ends at pearly gates. Well, gates, anyway. I didn't get in. Apparently, Heaven has a dress code.
Moving north, we come to Blackwater Glenn, sponsored by The Looking Glass. Lots of shacks in swamps. Very impressive swamps, with glowing mushrooms to add an eldritch touch. As with some other Faire sims over the years, some of the set decorations are up for sale in the central shop. I bought some glowing mushrooms, on the grounds that RFL ought to be supported, and I can always find a use for glowing mushrooms.
This is the tasteful arrival point. I got a little bit further than the tasteful arrival point before I crashed for the first time. Bet it won't be the last. Anyway. We shall see!