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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-455-6469
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Ranked #1 of 41 activities in Fairbanks
Owner description: I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies,(incase you need a dog- fix while you're away... more » Owner description: I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies,(incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course we'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.See you this summer? « less
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Fairbanks, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

After residing in Fairbanks for over 35 years, I just discovered Mary Shields' offer of a history of her adventures and dog racing in Alaska. I brought friends with me who were thrilled with her stories and hospitality. She is accommodating to all and tries to make everyone comfortable by her sensitivity to their concerns. I would highly recommend a... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Mary is a great hostess with wonderful stories of her adventures in Alaska, dog-sledding, and living the good life way up north. She is an inspiration to talk to and you'll feel at home in her beautiful cabin north of Fairbanks. Such a great experience - definitely visit!

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Vista, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

19 members of my family were on our annual family reunion - this year to Alaska and the Yukon. The youngest is age 12 - the oldest 67 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time with Mary. It was pouring rain while we visited but that didn't deter Mary from entertaining us outside in her garden, visiting with her dogs,... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our group had all ages: grandparents, parents and children and we all loved this visit with Mary and her dogs. It was so much fun playing with the puppies and the big dogs (my favorite was Big Boy). But the best part was meeting Mary and listening to her fascinating stories. My 16 year old loved hearing the stories and... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What an incredible experience this was, from the moment we stepped into her beautiful garden until leaving her log cabin in the woods. Mary was the first woman to complete the gruelling Iditarod dog sled race, this being just one of her amazing feats. We were met by this woman, now in her 70s after a simple phone call to... More

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Michigan Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This tour at Mary's home was part of our Road Scholar program. We were bused to her home in the woods. She greeted us as we got of the bus and I knew it was going to be a different experience right away. She personally asked each of us our names and where we we lived. There were 27 of... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Mary Shields is a gem! She is a charming woman who opens her home to visitors as she shares her experiences with you. Her dogs are delightful and melted our hearts as we were missing our fur babies at home. Mary IS Alaska. She has a heart the size of Alaska and is proud to share her life experiences on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

You haven't experience Alaska until you visit Mary. She such a friendly person and makes you feel right at home. It's very interesting to see and experience how she lives and her stories of the Iditarod and other sledding experiences are amazing. She shows you her garden and explains many things about Alaska life. We also had a good time... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went to Tails of the Trail looking forward to seeing the dogs and got so much more! Mary Shields is the first woman to finish the Iditarod and still trains dogs for races. I admit it is difficult to think of this charming gracious woman, who serves her guests home-baked goodies from her own kitchen, out on the race... More

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Millburn NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Our family visited Ms. Shields at the end of our Alaskan vacation and it was a great experience for everyone. My elderly parents and young children all loved meeting Ms. Shields her dogs and foster puppies (she was fostering pups for another Dog-sled racer) and hearing about her adventures living in Alaska. We did many of the large scale touristy... More

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