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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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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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Fascinating stories of living and running dogs in Alaska in a beautiful old place.

Mary is authentic and interesting and shows how beautiful and peaceful a simple way of life can be--and the amazing things she has accomplished. July is a great time to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Mary is authentic and interesting and shows how beautiful and peaceful a simple way of life can be--and the amazing things she has accomplished. July is a great time to see the blooming delphiniums and poppies along the moose-proof fence of the garden and she leads you to the dog yard where her canine friends and companions live. We were... More 

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Ephraim, Utah
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary Shields' beautiful spirit abounds when she speaks. My husband and I loved everything about this experience. We listened to stories, shared experiences and met the doggies. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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Thank Diane84647
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited Mary in a December morning , the chilly winter weather was no match to the warm welcome we received from her. Looking back to our trip, it was one of the highlites of our trip to Alaska. Mary is a delightful person with an incredible story of courage, love of nature and compassion.

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

That December morning is fresh in my mind also. Your kindness to my sled dogs and to me was a wonderful reminder of why I keep doing my tour. Thank you for the encouraging feedback. May our visit together stay with us forever. More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had a nice Thanksgiving morning with Mary Shields at her lodge. Mary and her sled dogs are super sweet and we spent 2-3 hours there. She welcomes anyone like her friends. Her story is inspiring but let’s not spoil her story here. Just a little note for non-English speaker: Mary welcomes everyone; however, Mary doesn’t speak other languages so... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It was a wonderful journey with Mary on our last day at Fairbanks. At least spent 2.5hrs at Mary's place, so you can get to know her legends and her adorable packs. If you are looking forward for a mushing experience yourself, you might be disappointed. But if youre a dog lover and looking forward to have some intimate time... More 

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Thank Mich1019
North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Mary Shield has dedicated her life to understanding the true meaning of life! Via the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson... if you do not know the true meaning of life... your life could end without a clear definition of whether or not you had truly lived...This was Mary's inspiration for living off the land near Denali... and moving forward with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We spent a lovely morning with Mary and her dogs despite being tired after Ronn Murray's Aurora Tour. She is a fascinating person and lives in a beautiful log cabin outside of Fairbanks. It was fun to hear all about her dog mushing experiences, meet her dogs (especially Chunky Monkey), and enjoy homemade cake and coffee. Great experience for kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

My traveling companions and I absolutely loved meeting Mary and hearing her stories. She is an incredible woman, and it's not often in life that you get a chance to sit down and have a cup of tea with a legend. Highly recommend this tour.

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

was spent in Mary Shield's home talking about her experience at the Iditarod! This was a surprise visit for my husband who loves dogs and he absolutely enjoyed himself. Mary made us feel completely at home and we ended up spending a good part of the 3 hours playing with her beautiful dogs and talking about her life as the... More 

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New York
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

What a treat to visit with the first woman to finish the iconic Iditarod race! Mary opens her home to visitors and shares her experience of coming to live in Alaska and of course completing the race. Definitely worth checking out if you're in Fairbanks, especially to know that you're speaking with a living legend. We met her current pack... More 

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