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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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Warm and Welcoming!

From the moment Mary greeted us from the front door of her home until we bid her farewell hours later, she made us feel like old friends. She was knowledgeable and entertaining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

From the moment Mary greeted us from the front door of her home until we bid her farewell hours later, she made us feel like old friends. She was knowledgeable and entertaining, gracious and humble. As we sat around her kitchen table enjoying a delicious home-baked cake, she recounted numerous stories of her dog sledding experiences, and took time to... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Mary is a true treasure to Fairbanks and the dog mushing world. She is so delightful, gracious, informative and caring towards her dogs. She invited us into her one room cabin which she and her husband built. We went out to meet her dogs and you can see the love they have for her and she for them. She explained... More 

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Topanga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We signed up for an afternoon at Mary Shields' home the day after watching the start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks in March 2015. We were a captive audience for three hours. Her stories and explanations of the Iditarod race and mushing in general were terrific. We met her sled dogs and saw the tent and set up she uses... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I decided to travel to Fairbanks alone to view the Aurora Borealis. It was a bucket list trip. I called Mary Shields to see if she had any spaces available. She did! I'm so glad that I made the call. I could have listened to Mary's stories all day! She's engaging, warm, funny and inspirational. Calling it a "tour" is... More 

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Astoria, Oregon
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Mary's home is an enchanting place - a cozy Alaska-style cabin nestled in the spruce woods right outside of Fairbanks, with a dog yard out back for her four amiable huskies. And Mary herself is a wonderful storyteller who also happens to be a living legend. This tour is very relaxed: not especially active, it includes a "meet and greet"... More 

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Wabash, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Whenever we mentioned to locals that we were going to visit Mary, everyone smiled, nodded, and assured us that she was a real Alaskan treasure. After visiting with her, I can see why. My wife and I visited in February and she was a very kind hostess. She made us feel right at home, introduced us to her doggy family,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Went on a "trip of a lifetime" to Fairbanks, AK, in search of the Northern Lights. But what to do during the day? THIS LADY IS CLASSY all the way! I (Mom) took my 2 teenagers and we all agreed Ms. Mary is top notch. We wanted to learn about her life and visit with her dogs (family) and she... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We greatly enjoyed this experience! Mary shares her home, her dogs, and her stories of the Iditarod with you during this 2 hour experience. We were able to meet her 4 sweet dogs and spend about 30 minutes with them. Her property is beautiful, and her home is humble yet homey. She baked us brownies and offered hot drinks and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I had a wonderful time visiting Mary Shield's home while visiting Fairbanks. First off, she will recommend a reasonably-priced shuttle to and from her home, for those that choose not to drive (her house is out of town and during the winter it is a bit slippery!). We arrived to a very warm welcome. I felt right at home. Mary's... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My wife and I read that Mary Shields was someone to visit and meet. All we knew before we went was Mary's Tails of the Trail was good and that she was the first woman to finish the Iditarod. I went to Fairbanks to see what life was like in an extreme environment, how people lived, what their unique interests... More 

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