I´m in Granada, Spain, today but a few days ago Gina and I were in Sagres, Portugal, what they call the ``end of the world´´ here in Europe. I guess it´s from the pre-exploration days, when they really did think it was the end of the world.
So, it was a little odd to walk into a restaurant in Sagres and see a huge painting of Glacier Bay staring at us.
Antonio Luz, the owner of the Meridiano Restaurant, worked on cruise ships in the early ´80s before returning to Portugal. He cruised from Vancouver to Whittier, taking him into Glacier Bay. When he returned to Portugal, he had a friend paint a picture from one of his photographs.
We were riding bicycles and I had on an ``Alaska´´ jersey, so he asked ``Are you from Alaska?´´ And we found out all about his adventures. And he found out a bit of ours in Southern Portugal at the end of the world.
No matter where we go, we seem to find a link to Alaska. Even here in Spain -- where it has been pretty hot -- we could see what must amount to their ``termination dust´´ in the Sierra Nevada mountains today. Do all roads lead to Alaska?