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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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Address: 2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: 907-455-6469
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Description: I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce...
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 you'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.
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Mary is Great!! A Must Do in Fairbanks!!

Mary Shields is the first woman to complete the Iditarod and truly a legend. She opens her home and kennels to visitors so they can hear her "tails of the trails" and have a hands... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Mary Shields is the first woman to complete the Iditarod and truly a legend. She opens her home and kennels to visitors so they can hear her "tails of the trails" and have a hands on visit with her dogs. Mary is a warm, beautiful woman with a great love for her dogs and, to her, they are not just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The visit and time spent at Mary Shields' house was the highlight of our Trip to Fairbanks, Alaska! She showed us her beautiful garden, served us homemade cake and coffee, and shared her stories of sled dog races with us. The most exciting part was getting to play with Mary's dogs - even the puppies! If you're going to Fairbanks,... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We spent a very nice morning with Mary. She gave us a 1st hand look into living in Alaska and what it takes to run the Iditarod . The stories that she shared were very informative.She shared her home with us and had great stories from the trail.I can't imagine heading out for a month on the trail..how peaceful campared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a wonderful experience visiting Mary Shields and her dogs was! She welcomed us into her home, introduced us to her dogs, let us cuddle her puppies, and served us cake! The stories she told us about her mushing experience were fascinating and the entire morning was a high point of our Alaska trip. If you can do this, do... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had a wonderful time visiting with Mary, a woman who loves and appreciates the simple things about living in nature. She told us how, as a young woman she came to Alaska and made her way, how she came to learn how to mush with her dogs, how she became the first woman to race the Idiarod. She showed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

An extremely memorable experience and great insight into the world of mushing. I was very enthralled by Mary's accounts of Iditarod and here experiences out on the trail. And the most important part were the Husky Pups. Amazing! You must do this as part of any tour in Alaska.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Of course by now you already know Mary's stories and dogs are a "must see" in Fairbanks, but the real reason to go is for the delicious pie and conversation. We had to wait for an additional 30 minutes or more for our ride back to town, and Mary was gracious and engaging, accommodating questions and sharing perspective that we... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We had our visit with Mary Shields almost a year ago and we still talk about it as the highlight of our trip. She welcomed us to her home, introduced us her to dogs, and told us some amazing stories about her life. Don't miss this one on your list of things to do while you're in town!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Today was a special day, today we spent the morning with Mary Shields and her amasing family of Sled Dogs. We were lucky enough to have Mary and her dogs all to our selves. Mary was extremely informative and she truly has a special love for her dogs and her life. We now have a much better understanding of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The six of us couldn't speak more highly of Mary, her stories, her dogs, her home... She is a delight --- so amazing to hear about her life & adventures in Alaska. We were even invited into her cabin for a video and some home-baked cake & lemonade!!! The 2-hour tour ended up taking 3 hours!!! Call her to reserve... More 

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Address: 2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: 907-455-6469
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks

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