Distance from Blanchetown
Travel Time @ 7.5 kmh
Ease of Travel
1 hour 54 minutes
Donald Flat Lagoon is one of the favourite areas for a short trip away on My Lady. It is only a couple of hours from its home port, so it was an easy trip to the start of the 2021 RMBOA River Ramble. At 08:00 on the 23rd April 2021, My Lady cast off from its berth and set off upstream towards Donald Flat Lagoon. By 10:10, they had finished mooring at Donald Flat Lagoon near Rakali and Frayed Knot.
When attempting to put in a rope hand-rail from the boat to the bank, Mark realised that the star pickets on the front deck extension had been stolen at some stage. Because the star pickets are rarely used, it was unknown when they had been pinched. Fortunately, there was a section of box steel on board that doubled for a star picket.
Mark and Marduk went for a walk around the northern end of the island. Unfortunately, there were quite a few kangaroos about, so Marduk did not get a run off the lead. She'll Do Us arrived in the afternoon and was assisted by another Rambler when it came into moor.
That first night was quiet as everyone spent the evening on their own boats. A camp fire had been discussed, but without any real conclusion, it did not happen.
The following day after a walk with Marduk, Mark paddled downstream along the island to the cliffs where the Donald Flat Lagoon exists back into the Murray. He paddled though to the lagoon and then up the lagoon to where the creek entered the northern end of the lagoon. It was then out into the river and back to My Lady. Later Mark, Alexa and Marduk spent time around the campfire before coming back to the houseboat.
On the 25th April, there was an ANZAC Day service on the riverbank. After the service had finished, Mark went up to the camp fire and watched the Sun rise over the cliffs. Later that day, Mark went kayaking upstream into the Irwin Flat Lagoon. More boats for the Ramble Moonshine and Wind Hover moored on either side of My Lady.
In the evening a couple of punnets of strawberries were auctioned for the Ramble charity drive. Mark and ALexa were out-bid on each punnet, but Mark got to tasted one strawberry and it was beautiful!!