Well, the world survived another “milestone”. December 21, 2012 has come and gone and we’ve made it to 2013.
Unfortunately, Table Rock Village didn’t survive 2012. As recorded in earlier posts, the demolition of the remaining homes has been completed and little evidence remains that a comparatively small group of unique people once carved out a great life there. Soon, travelers across the Wyoming Red Desert won’t give this area a second glance. A few trees that clearly weren’t a part of the original landscape will be the only monument to what was once our home. Almost.
The real testament to the village lies in what those of us who lived there gained from the experience. I don’t need to explain that to Table Rockers or, for that matter, anyone who knows Table Rockers. As for the rest of you, I’m sorry that you will never know.
So, for myself, I hope that the restoration of that portion of the Red Desert to near its original state will be part of a new era of change. No more ghost town. No more squatters. Just the memories of what we had there and the knowledge that we’re better, stronger individuals for experiencing that lifestyle and sharing it with a select few. Let the pronghorn and prairie chickens raise their families there again. It was always their home; we just invaded it for a while.
2013 will bring changes to this site, as well. Obviously, some content changes will be needed, to go along with the changes in the landscape. I also plan to rework the membership and posting process, in the hope that more past residents will share some stories here.
That brings me to the final item in this post – the book about life at Table Rock that I’ve been promising to write. 2013 will be the year that this book is completed. How it’s completed will depend greatly on the response I receive to this final shout out to Table Rockers to share their experiences and thoughts, here, via email or via Facebook message to me. I hope you’ll all help me create a fitting record of a place and a lifestyle that deserve to be remembered.
I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2013!