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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We spent a delightful afternoon with Mary Shields, 4 of her sled dogs, and 3 of her "foster" sled dogs. Mary spent almost three hours with us talking about her experience as the first woman to race in the Iditarod and her time living in rural Alaska. At age 69 she still spends March of every year in the wild... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Even if you don't want to be a musher this was a very pleasant way to spend part of our vacation. Mary's presentation was most informative, video she showed was also interesting and the Dogs were outstanding . I would highly suggest spending time at her place. Dorothy Sigel...Centennial , Wy.

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Sitka, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Mary Shields has been there and done it. Her log home hospitality makes you feel like a neighbor. Her experience on a 1,200 mile Siberian dogsled run is heart warming. Her description of competing in the early days of the Iditarod and Yukon Quest are fascinating; and comparison of the equipment and mind set of the competitors then and now... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a truly authentic and delightful experience! Mary is a genuine, fasinating, warm person. She invites you into her real log cabin home, built by her and her husband, and sits you around her table and tells you stories about her years of "mushing" and the places she's been and the people she has met. She feeds you brownies and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Our visit with Mary Shields was a delightful experience we’ll never forget. We immediately felt like old friends, welcomed into her home and chatting about her incredible experiences on the trails of the Alaskan winter wilderness. If you like getting away from the crowds and meeting authentic, fascinating people, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Mary Shields is an amazing woman. We felt very honored to be able to spend time with her. It was great to be able to interact with her dogs and to sit around her kitchen table and listen to stories about her life adventures. If you are in the Fairbanks area, don't pass up this chance. It is an experience... More

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Murrumba Downs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Spending a few hours with someone so focused and dedicated to the dogs and sledding was so informative. interacting with the dogs and Mary's real life experiences was well worth the trip out of town to visit. A lovely host.

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you, Wendy,for taking time to write a review. I wonder what I could have done that would have made it a 5 star tour for you. I am striving to give my guests a wonderful experience and I'm sorry you were somewhat disappointed and would appreciate your advice on how I an improve. Thank you, Mary More

Alamogordo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I was very impressed with Mary and her lovely homestead. Seeing her, it is hard to believe the amazing things this woman has done and even continues to do but she is a genuine heroine! She gives a very informative yet friendly and chatty talk, proudly shows off her garden, dogs and comfy modern home and recounts her amazing life.... More

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Lees Summit, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was one of the most enjoying 2 1/2-3 hours you could ever spend in Fairbanks. Mary has so many experiences to share with everyone about her life, her home, her dogs, her races, her garden, the list goes on and on! She is just a wealth of powerful information. She is a fine hostess, tells lively stories while serving... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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