Great Ambition, Thirteenth year

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 back to our twelfth year.

Friends came to visit so we took them out in Lil' Ambition for a cruise.

A morning rower in the sunrise.

And now she's heading back home.

Ski Princess Lori came by but I didn't get much of her.

We took our friends Barry and Stephanie to lunch over at Marks On The Channel. Great place!

Sunrise with a Blue Heron flying by.


Ski Princess Lori swooping on the water.

Shortly afterwards Lori drops off and waves at a nearby fisherman.

We took a trip to Coon Island in Lil' Ambition. Soon we will go in the houseboat, but for now we just wanted to take advantage of the nice weather.

Nice flowers on the trail around the island.

Deep in the forest of Coon Island.

Coming back home. God I love it here!


Bobbette cruising up the river.

Bobbette cruising back down the river.


Bobbette in the sun.

Beautiful sunrise.

A pair of Bald Eagles on the shore across the channel from us.


A pretty nice sunrise.

A Bald Eagle with a fish. I watched him zoom in and pick this one up, but it's hard to get good photos of these guys. They don't stand still and wait for you to be ready.

We took a drive over on Sauvie Island and got this shot of our boat from the road on the opposite shore. We have pretty good privacy despite being fully exposed to the traffic because of the distance. For the record, it's 710 feet from the road to our front deck.

Ski Princess Lori took a run past us in glorious sunshine on glassy water.

We are finally sneaking away from the slip and heading to Coon Island. This is the first try after our extensive engine work last summer. Let's hope it all goes well!

I like this house, but I am not sure why.

And here we are at Coon Island just an hour later!

A nice view of us at the docks taken from the ramp.

And a good shot of our boat from the island.

Coon Island plaque.

A ship named Glorious Ace is making its way up the Columbia right near the pinch point between Multnomah Channel and the river.

And here she is going by. That's a long way off!

The docks at Coon Island with the sun rising.

And speaking of the sunrise, here it is.

Taking yet another walk on the island. So pretty.

Our favorite picnic spot.

Another ship on the Columbia.

Time to go home. Here we are rounding one of the final turns before we get to our slip.

And there are the hills of home. The engines ran like a champ all the way and we couldn't be more pleased.

Ski Princess Lori came by and I got this.


Sunrise. The sun is moving south again dammit!

I love Bobbette. My cousin and this little boat. She's so fast, and yet can do real work.

Ski Princess Lori came by again!

Sunrise. So pretty.

A litle bit later.

Ski Princess Lori. I sometimes shoot video, and since there is already a lot of it on YouTube, I just grab the best frames from each run.


Ski Princess Lori carving up the glass. I love it!

Moonrise near full moon. So beautiful here.

Ski Princess Lori carving up the glass and here you can see her sillouette in the curtain of water.

Ski Princess Lori is such a nice person, she always remembers her fans.

We didn't get much of a sunrise, but this scene off the front deck was fantastic!

Nice lighting on this pontoon boat.


Two new boats coming into our marina. Side tow is a much better way to go than all the other alternatives.