|This banyan tree roots have taken over the foundation|
of Prony Village's logging supervisor's office.
Wayne called it poetic justice.
Much as it would’ve made our life more convenient, Prony Village, next to the more popular Baie de la Somme, is not a place you can buy a beer, onions, fuel or anything else. Then again, everything is free.
Built in 1867, Prony Village is a blast from its distant past, a historic park mix of reconstruction and remnants, dedicated to tell the story of some of New Caledonia’s earliest European settlers. Prony Village's initial inhabitants were primarily political prisoners France placed into a labor camp there, to harvest and mill local timber to support France’s blossoming colonization efforts on this resource-rich island.
|One of several displays depicting prisoner torture|
in historic Prony Village, New Caledonia.
In 1883 some of the prisoners – originally the logging camp started with 29 convicts -- were granted their freedom and land to rebuild their lives. However, less than 20 years later, in 1901, only two were still successfully living there.
|Orange - an unusual color for a Peace Lily.|
Did its color from the nickel or iron ore in the soil?
|Not quite sure what these were - giant orchids? These Prony Village specimen plants reached 8 feet tall, and were sweetly fragrant.|
|Trail and map for Prony Village within Baie de la Somme, Prony Bay, New Caledonia.|
|Popular anchoring Baie de la Somme is adjacent Prony Village, New Caledonia.|
|Ferns, Prony Village trail.|
This blog post is a recent flash back to our time cruising Prony Bay (Anse Sebert just off Pony Village, S22.19.264 E166.49.635, September 29, 2016), September 27 - October 7, 2016. This was pre-posted to run while we're on passage from New Caledonia to Bundaberg Australia.
Cruising By the Numbers
- Our November 2016 sail from New Caledonia Australia is 760 miles.
- In October we spent almost a week road tripping New Caledonia, nearly traveling tip-to-tail on Grande Terre.
- Our September 2016 sail from Vanuatu to New Caledonia was 305 miles.
- Our August 2016 sail from Fiji to Vanuatu was 525 miles.
- We cruised just under 440 miles in Fiji, between late May and early August.
- Our May 2016 sail from New Zealand to Fiji was 1090 miles.
- December 2015 - May 2016 if we weren't cruising New Zealand or hunkering, we were making massive road trips from New Zealand's tip to its tail.
- From December 2014 - November 2015 we sailed from Northern Florida's Atlantic side to New Zealand, over 10,000 miles, with more than a few stops in between.
- December 2013 - May 2014 we sailed 1792 miles from Jacksonville Florida to the Bahamas. and back.
- March 2012 we bought Journey in St. Lucia. September 2012 we moved aboard, did some boat work, then sailed her to Jacksonville Florida by June 2013, 3762 miles.
|By the time this posts, we'll be somewhere between|
these two points (New Caledonia and Bundaberg Australia).
If we stuck to our most recent plan, we left Noumea (and wifi) Sunday, October 30, 2016, made the jump from New Caledonia, Tuesday November 1, 2016. We'll be out of wifi range until we're set-up for wifi again in Australia. There will be some pre-posted catch up posts on New Cal while we're underway. Once in Oz, we'll check in at Bundaberg, then travel South down the East Coast to Pittwater, near Sydney where we'll park Journey. We'll travel over land there for a bit and figure out where to go back to work somewhere in the world. Job tips are appreciated!