Two-way Troopy (Micalong Creek)

Before Christmas, we took a weekend break in the Wee Jasper Valley, about an hour from Yass or Canberra.

We stayed in a lovely cottage on Wee Jasper Station, with long views of the steep valley and the Goodradigbee River. (Photos in coming posts)

But we couldn’t play it soft all weekend with the wine and cheese. So one afternoon we headed out for a fish and, on another, for a picnic.

So, the Troopy is a dual-purpose wonder machine!

At Micalong Reserve, the creek was running very high and fast after the recent rain. We had a chat to the ranger when he came along. He told us the creek has brown trout and 3 weeks before someone had caught one about ‘yea’ long, holding his fingers  about 25 cm apart. But it was too hot, and fast, to catch anything now.

Micalong Creek, near Wee Jasper, New South Wales, Australia

Micalong tumbling along

 

Well that was ok, we’d ‘prepared one earlier’ and thoroughly enjoyed our picnic of smoked salmon cutlets with cherry tomatoes, mixed leaf salad and aioli.  ¤


 

The village of Wee Jasper (New South Wales, Australia) is located about an hour from south Canberra via Uriarra Crossing, or an hour from Yass via Wee Jasper Rd. Both roads are tarred.

Billy Grace Reserve and Micalong Creek Reserve are campgrounds in the Wee Jasper valley on Nottingham Rd. For directions and information see the Wee Jasper Reserves Trust website: 

http://weejasperreserves.com.au/visitor-info/

 

I’m dreaming of a white Troopy!

Our Toyota Rav4 in summer grass

Out to pasture

It’s always been on my bucketlist to own a ‘ute’ * or a 4WD where you can sleep in the back with a swag.

So far we’ve had the swags and our trusty, but small, Rav4 ‘Buggy’. Otherwise it’s our camper trailer hailing from the 1970s, complete with dark faux-timber panelling and brown and orange striped canvas!

But since my recovery, the canvas (read mozzies*) plus putting up and down ‘the marriage tester’ camper are a no-go. It’s a 2 person job.

So we were looking around for an Avan camper trailer, which has hard sides. Then that would mean a heavier 4WD to tow it…Before we knew it, we were ringing Queensland to Tasmania!

Long story short…last Friday we bought an old, bare bones Landcruiser Troopy!! Woo hoo!!

A white 1995 Landcruiser Troopcarrier

[Photo credit: Lee on carsales.com.au]

We’ll use it for day trips and over-nighters with our camping gear in the back at first. Later on down the track, we’ll kit it out for longer road trips when I’m up to it. But nothing too soft!! Heh heh.

I’ve been scribbling lots of sketches of fit-outs on serviettes* and the backs of beer coasters! Bed here, seat along there, fridge box there. I’ve got that twinkle in my eye!

What’s that about the journey and the destination?….Both are good!!  ♦

Tag along on Daytripper Sippers for our Troopy travels.

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*ute – utility or pick-up truck

mozzies – mosquitoes

serviette – paper napkin

Photo 1 taken 17 November 2015 with my old Canon Powershot A550

at Boambolo Rd, off Wee Jasper Rd via Yass, NSW, Australia. It leads down to a tree-lined picnic spot on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.