Middle Tenne: Key Springs
In the hills of Francifloriana a fabulous natural resource discovery has feline hearts aflutter. A spring has been found – one with the waters the flavor of sardines. This might not make you thirsty, but in the feline world… well, let’s just say no time was wasted in developing plans to maximize this new resource. Even better: three sardine springs have been found in the area! The area, named Key Springs, is reachable by the windiest, crookedest road in all of Schulmania. Key Springs Road opened recently and hosted a race by Simtropolis denizens with more courage than driving skills. Luckily, all went well and nary a scratch on anyone’s covered wagons. Now that the zany festivities are over with it is time to open the town built near the springs… if we can make it up the steep, windy road. Forward!
Having fun yet?
It’s a bit wiggly…
With a steep ascent up the ridge…
Followed by more steep, wiggly ascent…
Having fun yet?
Hey! It’s Schulmania’s first overpass! The bridge connects two ridgetops with springs on them.
The foliage gets denser as we get closer to the town site, but the road stays curvy as all get out
Like I said, curvy as all get out…
In case you were wondering how curvy curvy as all get out is, it’s pretty dad gum curvy. And in case you are wondering what “all get out” and “dad gum” are, they are part of the spoken vernacular in the Schulminion heartland.
Well, after all that winding around and talking about curviness we have finally arrived! The small town sits on a small knoll and has a few housing clusters in surrounding hollows. The focus of the town is the bottling plant for the sardine water and of course a spa for enjoying the aromatic waters up close and personal. Let’s see it now.
Hickory Hollow Road ends here, at these homes. The larger home is owned by Mr. Harvey, a local businessman and grandfatherly sage. Next door to him is the charming cottage of Sarabelle Horne, owner of the local bakery.
Key Springs Road ends here, down in Quail Hollow. Did you notice how the town’s bottler Ol’ John has a fountain in his front yard? Makes sense though, when you think about it. If course it has the intoxicating and aromatic sardine scent too.
The town’s crossroads on the knoll is where the commercial district, such that it is, operates
The Key Springs Spa is located at the left. Several guest houses and shops are next door.
Down in nearby Landry Valley, Heartland Road ends here, by these lovely homes. Sardine heiress Juanita Pescador bought the home with the green roof, right next door to local legend Snyder O’Livers.
The town clinic’s red brick façade is hard to spot with all of the fall foliage aglow, but there it is at the right!
The neighborhood kittens like to play Pin the Tail on the Manx in the street once their homework is done
The spa’s second location, near the second spring
The Municipal Building is at top left and provides all civic services for Key Springs, including the school
At top left is the sturdy spring water bottling facility. You can bet this is a best seller!
There’s ample hunting in the surrounding woods as well. Anyone up for chipmunk a la mode?
Mr. Harvey’s store is on the ground floor of the Feline National Bank building
Sam Iyam lives at the end of the street, in a small home, often cooking his green eggs and ham. Not many stop by to sample the cuisine.
But plenty go to the spa to sample the sardine flavored waters!
We have been invited to the mayor’s house for sardine water and sardines… let’s go!