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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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Central Mississippi
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Mary fell in love with Alaska many years ago, and she appears to be thrilled and amazed that every day she gets to live in a place of such beauty and enjoy a lifestyle that I, quite frankly, can't imagine. Visiting with Mary in her cabin and in her garden and joining her in her kennel was a wonderful experience.... More

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Lafaye
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was an outstanding side trip that was well worth the time. Her dogs, puppies, and stories were outstanding. Along with her home made snacks. A strong woman who is a first class role model for girls and boys. A must if you are in Fairbanks

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Hooksett NH
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29 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Mary Shields is a facinating person to be with for a couple hours !! She is an Iditarod legend and just a real pleasure to be with. You get to meet the dogs, hear Mary talk about mushing, the Iditarod and life in Alaska. You sit around her table in the cabin with tea and goodies and just chat for... More

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Traveling from Philadelphia, PA, our family had the pleasure of meeting Mary Shields a few weeks ago. It was the first full day of our trip to Alaska and we were excited to begin our adventure off the beaten trail and with someone who sounded like she’d probably have some pretty good stories to tell. Mary did not disappoint. She... More

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NY
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a unique experience to meet an Iditarod legend, visiting in her home and sharing tea and homemade muffins with her around her kitchen table. She has fascinating stories about how she came to settle in Alaska and her dog racing career. You visit her kennel, tour her gardens, see a winter camp complete with dog sled that she's set... More

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Paradise
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had the privilege of joining Mary Shields for her tour in June. It was the highlight of our 2 week trip to Alaska. Mary herself is a remarkable lovely person with a life story she shares in a very personable and generous way. She also shares her life style in the setting of her own home showing her garden,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

No matter what the weather conditions outside, Mary provides the most fascinating look at life in Alaska from her early adventures on Blueberry Hill to her Iditarod journeys and beyond. We have a 2 year old and a 6 year old and in-laws in their 60's, and everyone (including the two of us in our late 30's) had the most... More

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Wimauma, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

While traveling out into what I consider the middle of nowhere, we finally see the sign "Tails of the Trail" and upon pulling into the driveway, out of this beautiful log cabin walks a woman whose face was sweet and most welcoming. Her name is Mary Shields. I can honestly say I felt like I had known her all of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We had a really nice Time with Mary and the Dogs. So if you spend Time in Fairbanks and you would like to experience a inside look of a Mushers live you'll be at the right place there.

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Shingle Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had the most enjoyable visit with Mary in her home today learning all about both camping and racing with dog teams. She made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived and seemed like a long lost friend. She has a special relationship with each of her dogs that is heartwarming and her stories of thousands of miles on... More

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