Great Ambition

"It's a rough life, but someone's got to live it!"

Eleven years and still going!

This is the continuing story of our new life as River Rats on the Columbia River aboard our Trimaran Transporter houseboat we named Great Ambition.

If you want to see how we got here (and hints on how you can do it too) see Great Ambition, the beginning.


Click here to go to the archive of our eleventh year.

Click on this link to see the latest!

Click here to see a map of our travels!

Click here to see what happens when we have a flood!

Why I write this blog.


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Google Maps finally caught us at Sigler's Cove in Oregon.

A slightly tighter shot. Notice that just below the RADAR radome shadow on the roof are two dark spots. Those are holes I cut in the roof where there had been a leak from the RADAR cable. I pulled out the wet insulation and then put a pair of fans over the holes to blow hot dry air through the roof while the weather was in the 90s by day and 70s overnight. After a week of doing that, I replaced the insulation with new dry blown in insulation and glassed it over, then recoated the roof with Henry's Tropicool. Now all is well!

A nice boat with a nice name.

The Moon and Saturn. It's not a coincidence that they are close to each other, they are close to each other once a month because they share the same orbital eliptic, just like all the planets in the Solar System.

Sunrise.

A cool little sailboat.

Bobbette in the fog.

I love fast boats, and this is a beauty.

I caught a jetliner flying past the Moon on its approach to PDX. It's hard to see, but it's just above the Moon.

The Moon rising over Multnomah Channel.

The Moon in the water.

Our view from the front deck.

A floating home being moved to a new slip.

Apparently the journey to the new slip is a boring endeavor.

A really interesting floation boat built on a pontoon boat base. Notice that it has extra foam floation underneath because the structure really sets the boat pretty low in the water.

Bald Eagle flying over Multnomah Channel.

Sunrise. Not many this time of year, the fog and clouds make a clear sunrise very rare.

We got a nice rainbow.

A boathouse being moved.

Sunrise in the fog.

A boat we call Big Ugly because it doesn't have a name. She gave me a toot when I waved, so they are alright.

Finally, a sunrise not cloaked in fog!

What is the Vancouver fireboat doing deep in Oregon waters?

A very tight shot of Venus. You can actually see that it's not just a point of light, you can see the dark limb of Venus (towards the upper right) is facing away from the sun, the lower left is facing the sun and lit very brightly.

Sunrise.

Our waterskier came back! It's friggin' November!

Sunrise.

A nice shot of Venus. You can clearly tell that it's a crescent facing the Sun towards the lower left.

A very nice sunrise.

I'm keeping track of where the sun is rising as we are just one month from Winter Solstice.

The sun rising.

The sunrise was decorated with crazy jet contrails that come from Seattle traffic control putting planes into holding patterns over Portland. We watched one plane go around 4 times and gave up counting. This is one reason I hate flying, once you get to the airport, you are as good as a prisoner until the moment you can finally get out of the airport.

It's been foggy for quite a while, but finally we got some clear weather!

A nice shot showing where the sun is rising.

I was checking Marinetraffic.com for the Christmas Ships near PDX and found this cool image. It's the shadow of a jet taking off from PDX airport. I looked around, but couldn't find the plane. Chances are the image of the river and the images near the airport were taken at different times, but it does make a pretty picture!

Ice on the fuel tank box on the stern in Macro mode.

The sun peeking over Sauvie Island.

The sun is creeping up on the power pole.

Now that all the foliage is down, I can see Mount Hood off in the distance over Sauvie Island. The camera focuses on the trees instead of the mountain, maybe someday I'll try manual focus to try to clean up the image.

Sunrise.

To be continued...




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