Now, let me start this off by telling you that I am not much into online games and such. When I read this months issue of PopUpTimes and the story about virtual camping I was skeptical. If you have the winter 2013 issue you can turn to page 12 and see wonderful pics of a nice well kept CG. This cg is nice you would say! Where is it located? Let me tell you where it is located. It is located online, its a virtual campground. First you would need to register free at www.olantica.com and create an avatar (character). Then you need to download a viewer, a program used by your computer to view this online world. Go back to www.olantica.com and find the link that says "Get pheonix", pheonix is the online viewer. Once you have installed the viewer you will need to enter the olantica grid into the viewer's grid list. Start pheonix and click the grids tab. You will want to enter http://olantica.net:8002/ into the login URL field at the top of the preference window then click the "get grid info" button. This will fill in the other fields that are required with the appropriate information. Now you are ready to log in. To log in make sure you select olantica from the grid drop down list then enter your first name, last name and password and click log in. If all goes right your avatar should land in the Olantica Welcome Center. Your avatar will be a basic starter avatar that is not to attractive. You can change that as you learn to better use the program. You will run into someone who will help you at the welcome center get to the cg. Once set up this is a great way to get through the winter months and still be able to sit around a fire, talk to friends. You can get your own campsite complete with camper and add almost anything to it. Once you get in and get use to it you will not regret trying it out. I never thought I would like it but I did. After all, what have you got to lose, its free. The site is run by a man who also owns popuptimes and a fellow pup owner. When you get there and meet one of the olantica staff, tell them the park ranger sent you!