Great Ambition

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

Thirteen 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 thirteenth 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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The sun is now rising north of the telephone pole, but as it climbs, it moves southward.

Bobbette working on a cold January day.

An awesome sunrise is starting...

The sunrise turned peachy.

Some really cool "spicules" caused by the clouds casting shadows from the sunrise.

The shadow of Mount Hood during the sunrise. Spectacular.

The sun finally comes up.

Notice that the sun is rising quite a bit north of the telphone pole now. Summer here we come!

Later that night, something kind of crazy happened. Amy B was pushing a barge full of gravel upstream to Portland, and here you can see she's makiing 3.8 knots.

But a few seconds later, the engine sputtered and she went completely dark, and being upstream of us, she was at risk of drifting down on us with a full load of gravel.

A nice sunrise.

A gloomy sunrise.

A clear and bright sunrise. Yeah, that's the way it should be!

And a colorful sunrise. We are getting a really good variety here!

The tug, Ramona III came by with an old decrepit house.

And her AIS track shows where she took the house, Multnomah Yacht Harbor.

We are infested with "Biker Gangs." There goes the neighborhood!

The tug, Ramona III came by with a nice house this time.

I check with my AIS app to see where she came from, aha, Scappoose Bay!

And here is where she went, back up by Multnomah Yacht Harbor again.



A foggy sunrise.

A closeup of the Sun.

The sheriff on a mission from, who knows?


The tug Rossisle, clearly a contraction of Ross Island.

Now this one is interesting. Amy B pushing a flipped over barge on top of another barge. I have no idea what is going on here...

Rossisle is back, pushing this crane that they brought down just a few days ago back to, where else? Ross Island!

We follow the "Kitty Litter" gravel barges up Multnomah Channel on AIS as they go right past our house. Here the captain of Vicki B is really blowing it. His destination was Vancouver, but he turned UP (right) Multnomah Channel, realized his mistake and then turned this massive barge and tug around to go down to the Columbia and up to Vancouver. By an amazing coincidence, Google Maps caught a tug and barge combo here so you can see the scale of what he's trying to do.


Just before sunrise a couple of days later.

Good thing I caught it before sunrise because this isn't that impressive.

Portland fireboat taking a cruise.

Sunrise just past Equinox. Now you know where our "Equinox Tree" is.

We had a nice rainbow in the sky so I caught it here. Note that I boosted the saturation a bit to bring the colors out.

To be continued...

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