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Pacific Nor’westerner

It takes heart to live in the Pacific Northwest. Even with all our rainy history the month of January was the third wettest in history with 11.65 inches of rain. Still, this doesn’t keep us inside.

On the morning of February 5th at 8:56 am we experienced gale force winds with gusts of over 50 mph in West Seattle according to the National Weather Service. Combined with a high tide of 12.4 it sent many to the beach to watch the surf in awe.




Larry Morgan, 44, West Seattle
I knew from experience what was going on down there. And I knew the tides were high. I knew it was going to be rockin’. Of all the times I’ve been going down there and doing that, that was the wildest ride of all. Damn near knocked me off my feet. I think it was gale winds.

Every time it gets stormy that’s when I run down there and do that.

My first home was a boat. My mother and father owned a WWII sub chaser surplus boat that they bought from the Navy. I grew up there in the shipyard my Dad worked at and then we moved a block away. He had interesting fishing boats and then I ended up getting one for a number of years. I was destined for the water.

It sets me right at times. Just going down there, I mean even as violent and stormy as it was, it’s kind of stress relieving believe it or not.

I’ve taken a few over the bow. (That’s) just kind of a term from fishing days. Anybody that’s been out in rough seas and ya take a green one over the bow is essentially, you’re nosing into a wave or something. I like having that water in my face and stuff. It was fun. Its my little thing to do.

I turn around. I don’t want it to get down my hood…. The whole idea is to try and keep as much water out as you can. I don’t want to be on a boat like that. I’m much safer having them crash on me on the beach here.

(Now) I drive crane on the waterfront. The big hammerhead orange cranes down there. That’s my main job.

The water is my life now. It’s all evolved that way.




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