For today’s post on the series “The Toad And The Bear” we take a brief stop in what we call the village area of the Bear Mountain complex. I believe this is the area of the development that has had the most attention and resources allocated as it appears to be almost finished… almost.
What a beautiful facility, you might think to yourself. You’d be right; it is indeed a quintessential West Coast example of our local modern architecture. Nestled in the trees, at the foot of a rolling glade part way up the mountain, the setting is just incredible. I really loved the way BEAR MOUNTAIN is scribed into the side of the mountain section, almost like how NFL players get shapes and words crafted in their haircuts. This is a top-notch facility, the beautiful stonework truly accentuates the details and money that were invested into this. I am not sure if this is the back-end of the Westin Hotel and Spa, or if it’s a condo unit, it was difficult to place this building from this angle. Regardless, I believe it’s one of the buildings located right in the heart of the village.
As we come up a bit from the last shot and come into the village area proper, we park in a gravel parking lot with a view of the village. As mentioned, it’s almost complete; it’s the most complete area of this development we can see from our perspective touring the area. Once again, top-notch facilities completed with an eye towards really nice details. I believe this is the hotel/spa/condo/haberdashery area of the village. The bright orange band on the top of the britco construction shack does add a different tone to the intention of this scene, and it’s really our first clue that all is not as it might appear at first.
Not to mention, at the time we took this photo standing in the gravel parking lot looking into town… we stood on top of a pretty nasty pile of trash that had been just left behind in the middle of the parking lot. This pile of trash included 2 pairs of woman’s underwear. They appeared to be used.
Stay tuned for the next edition as we take a closer look at the village area and start to see cracks emerge in terms of the picture that was intended to be portrayed to visitors versus what’s really going on underneath it all.
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