Last year I visited Barrow, Alaska on an Alaska Airlines award redemption. The small arctic town is surprisingly warm-hearted for a place whose average summertime highs hover around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the few restaurants in town we visited is a Mexican restaurant named Pepe’s North of the Border, run by the legendary Fran Tate.
The Path to Barrow
The memories of this trip hit me like a title wave this morning as I opened the mail. I don’t even remember leaving my address but sure enough, it was a holiday card from Fran coming from the top of the world. Better late than never, plus I figure it takes awhile for the mail to reach tropical Chicago.
For those that are interested, check out the new movie Big Miracle in theaters now. The movie is set in Barrow and does a wonderful job portraying the town. They even spend a good amount of time inside Pepe’s North of the Border, though they changed the name in the movie and I didn’t see Fran as a cameo.
I intend to write about my trip to Barrow in the near future, as it was the most memorable trip I have ever taken. Has anyone out there ever been to Barrow?