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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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.


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


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 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.


A bunch of Christmas Ships, by day and by night.

We got a great show from the Christmas Ships on Sunday night. They did a fantastic job! Thank you Christmas Shippers!

A Comorant resting on a new deadhead that showed up in front of the moorage.

I added white LED stip lighting to the blue dock lights I had before. This helps light our prefered entry on the stern deck for our guests. I love LEDs!

Sunrise. We are very close to winter solstice!

The Moon rising over Sauvie Island on Winter Solstice.

Mount Saint Helens on Christmas Eve.

A juvenile Bald Eagle on Wrestling (Boxing) Day.

A tree in silhouette.

A dog towing a skateboarder on Sauvie Island Road, about 1/8th of a mile away. How far is your house from the nearest road?

A junk floating home being pushed upstream. Can it be saved? Of course! It is still floating, so anything is possible.

A guy on the floating home. I think he's there to make sure they don't crash into anything, but he's busy playing with his phone.

Geese in the fading light.

Sunrise. The sun is moving north again, here comes summer!


Yep, the sun is moving north. It's been a mild winter, but I still want it to end!

The January 20th lunar eclipse started in the clouds, but after the peak, the clouds parted and I got some nice shots.

To be continued...

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