Model Ines at the Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, California
This old Inn along State Highway 9 north of Santa Cruz has seen better days. The scene of countless weddings, proms, birthdays, graduations, bar-mitzvahs, retirements, reunions, and so on - The Brookdale now just seems old and long on neglect.
In its day - The Brookdale was impressive. On a hillside, the large dinning room stands along the cascades of a large and free-flowing creek. The dinning room lines both sides of the stream with various bridges and decks straddling tiny waterfalls the length of the room. The tall wood-beamed roof holds large light fixtures on chains above the tables.
In contrast - the adjoining bar had a low ceiling and was dark and intimate - save for this thick window that ran along the opposite wall. Behind the window was a swimming pool. At night - scantly clad young women would swim in the pool for the entertainment of those imbibing at the bar.
The Brookdale is still there. Still operating. Still hanging on. On weekend nights - I somehow doubt the parking lot is now overflowing with the Packards, DeSotos, Cadillacs, and Lincolns that once squeezed their way along the winding road to get here.
It is a weekday afternoon and we find Ines - reclined in the light of the empty pool - in a quiet and darkened Brookdale Lodge.
Paradise - Beyond Limbo...
(archive image - October 2008)
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