Brooks Memorial (website)

A long drive for most attendees, but a unique and charming locale, Brooks Memorial is located in the mountains of south central Washington near Goldendale. The site is a high elevation for some, at around 3,000 feet, which means it is important to pay attention to your hydration and fatigue as these can deteriorate more quickly for those not accustomed to a bit of altitude. Also, snow persists at Brooks much longer than on the coast, and it's important to check the weather and plan accordingly.

The main building consists of a large and comfortable kitchen featuring a walk-in refrigerator, a dry storage room with plenty of shelf space, and lots of wide open cooking room. Dishes, however, must be done in a small very ordinary dishwasher and can be time consuming. There is an adequate if not exactly spacious dining area with a narrow porch off one side which occupies the bulk of the building. In the back is a small room with two bunks which is always claimed almost immediately, as well as a small bathroom. While it does contain a shower, this bathroom is NEVER to be used for that purpose, as there are ample facilities available for both genders nearby.

A short path off the west side of Tavern structure leads past the women's bathroom/shower house, which is a large and comfortable facility, to a cluster of four cabins. These do not have power outlets, but contain 10-12 bunks and extremely effective (though somewhat loud) heaters. This tends to be the residence of choice for most players.

A less direct path off the east side of the tavern building leads to the cul-de sac at the end of the access road for the site, where the men's bathroom/showerhouse is located. Along the same access road there are three widely spaced a-frame cabins with high porches, each containing 10 bunks and, again, no power outlets and noisy but enthusiastic heaters.

Plot may be located in one or more of the A-frames, or in the farthest-flung of the cluster of four cabins, depending on preference.

This site is enormous, and has huge clearings, wide open spaces beneath tall pines, and long, often steep, trails up into the varied woods. Pine needles, mud, or snow/ice all create a danger of slipping and falling, and there are many humps and bumps in paths that should be paid careful attention to when wandering about.

Upon arrival you can stop and unload almost anywhere you please, but should eventually park along the wide access road "above" most of the site, leaving the "parking lot" vacant as it is right in the middle of everything. In winter it is not advisable to bring a vehicle all the way down to the tavern building unless you are entirely confident in your tires and your ability to drive up a steep sheet of ice to get back out again. It is possible, but challenging without appropriate footwear for your car. Logistics is located in the back of the kitchen. Smoking is permitted ONLY at the small basketball court somewhat off the main trail to and from the cabins, or in the extreme corner of the parking lot nearest to said basketball court.

Game Setting Description:
Brooks Memorial represents a small mining community isolated high in the mountains near Fortnight, called "Atherstone." Though not far away as the crow flies, getting there requires a roundabout journey over difficult terrain and takes several days. When coming to a site that is not "home", it is acceptable to only bring a portion of your character's possessions, such as they would take on a journey.

Site Notes:
The Brooks Memorial ELC is on the opposite side of the road from the main state park - the left if you are heading Southwest from Yakima, or th right if you are heading Northeast from Goldendale

Directions:
From Seattle:
1. Take ramp left for I-90 East toward Bellevue / Spokane 108.7 miles
2. At exit 110, take ramp right for US-97 South / I-82 East toward Yakima 50.1 miles
3. At exit 50, take ramp right for WA-22 East toward Buena / Toppenish 0.3 miles
4. Turn right onto WA-22 / Buena Rd 3.2 miles
5. Keep straight onto US-97 / Evergreen Hwy 36.8 miles
6. Arrive at US-97 / Highway 97 0 miles


From Portland:
1. Take ramp left for US-30 East / I-84 East toward The Dalles 102.3 miles
2. Take ramp right 0.2 miles
3. Turn left onto US-97 / Sherman Hwy 2.9 miles
4. Turn right to stay on US-97 21.6 miles
5. Arrive at US-97 / Highway 97 0 miles
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